Historic racing photo car art featuring Ferrari 275P at 1964 Le Mans endurance race. Chassis 0820, raced under #21 was driven by Ludovico Scarfiotti and Mike Parkes. Unfortunately, they didn’t manage to the finish and retired their Ferrari 275P just after 71 laps completed at Cirque de la Sarthe. This competition wasn’t successful for Scarfiotti and Parkes but their teammates Jean Guichet and Nino Vaccarella became victorious with exactly the same car. Their 275P racer was the second to last Ferrari ever won a Le Mans competition. 1965th was the last victorious year for the Scuderia in the most difficult endurance race ever held.
The stories of Ludovico Scarfiotti and Mike Parkes are pretty interesting too. The Italian pilot won Le Mans partnering with Lorenzo Bandini a year before this shot was made. He followed Ferrari into F1 championship where he won Italian Grand Prix in 1966th. He was the first Italian winning at Monza for at least fifteen years. He died in a racing accident at a hillclimbing event in the German Alps in 1968.
Mike Parkes was also Ferrari`s pilot but his main role in Maranello was as a development engineer for their road cars, notably the 330 GTC. Well, he was tempted by racing and entered in both endurance and F1 competitions and partnering with John Surtees he was the only one managed to beat Ford GT 40. Parkes` racing career wasn’t as successful as Scarfiotti, even though he won some poles and podiums. His last work as an engineer was the development of the notorious Lancia Stratos.
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