A Ferrari demonstration
Siracusa, Sicily, May 21st
By changing the date of their Grand Prix from early in the season to after the first big Championship race the Ente Autonomo Circuito di Siracusa fell foul of clashing dates, with the result that a very small entry was received. Those who were not making money in Formula Two at Limburg were trying to make money at Indianapolis qualifying, and the only works entries were the V12 Ferraris of Parkes and Scarfiotti, the former having the 1966 car with 1967 engine with which he won at Silverstone at the end of April, and the latter having the late 1966 car with which he had won at Monza last September. Both engines were of the three-valves-per-cylinder variety, the 1966 one with exhausts on the outside of the unit and the 1967 one with the exhausts in the centre of the vee. As the average Sicilian race follower gets only one Formula One race a year, and last year saw Surtees drive the prototype 3-litre Grand Prix Ferrari, this year afforded them the opportunity of seeing two later versions of the Ferrari, and they turned up in vast numbers to support the race. The rest of the entry consisted of Bonnier and Siffert with the Cooper-Maseratis they normally race, Spence with a 2-litre V8 B.R.M. "Tasman" car and Irwin with a Lotus 25-B.R.M. V8, both entered by Parnell, and Moser with the Cooper-A.T.S. V8 owned by Fritz Baumann. There should have been, in addition, Ligier with his Cooper-Maserati but the engine blew-up on the test-bed at Maserati, Schlesser with a Matra-Cosworth FVA but he wrote it off in practice, while there was no sign or sound of Anderson (Brabham-Climax), Hobbs (B.R.M.) and Wicky (Porsche Special).