Sometimes in a car all the right ingredients come together; the look, the noise, an attacking driver wrestling the wheel and leaning in to Eau Rouge’s right-hander… The Ferrari 312PB looks evocative no matter what image of the car one looks at, even if it’s stationary in a studio. Gordon Cruickshank writes our cover feature this month (p43) — a profile of the 312PB and its short but stunningly successful track record.
Phil Hill was closely linked to the Prancing Horse, and our in-depth interview (p34) uncovers some fascinating insights into those Ferrari days, his time in Can-Am and his part in the development of the Ford GT40. He was so desperate for a grand prix drive that he privately rented a Maserati to race at Reims in 1958. Three years later he was World Champion.
Also in the issue Hans Stuck talks us through images from his varied career (p58), we have lunch with Jonathan Palmer (p78), and art critic Brian Sewell gives us his views on motor racing posters from the 1930s (p70).
• You may have noticed that Motor Sport’s publication date has moved forwards during the past couple of months.
We now publish the magazine closer to its traditional start-of-month date — albeit dated one month ahead.