This new book from Veloce Publishing is the first in a new World Sportscar Giants series and covers the origin and subsequent history of the 3-litre Ferrari sportscars, which the famed Italian firm designed and built to contest the various versions of the World Sportscar Championship between 1969 and 1973.
This group of cars started with the V12 engine and progressed to using the Flat 12 Ferrari engine from the then current Grand Prix car. Includes the developmental and race history, with a full list of all events and individual chassis numbers. With 100 contemporary pictures, this is the story of a great time in motorsport history. This power-packed 128-page paperback book is a must for every World Sportscar enthusiast and is available now from bookshops or from www.velocebooks.com.
Ferrari 312P & 312PB
By Peter Collins and Ed McDonough
UK ￡15.99, USA $29.95
Complete history and development of the 3-litre Ferraris of this period
The full competition history of each individual chassis Rare and unseen photographs of the Ferrari 312P and PB Season-by-season account of the Ferraris in the World Championship
Full list of all races and each individual chassis number A brief profile of the works Ferrari drivers from 1969-73
The late 1960s and early 1970s formed a significant epoch in the world of international sportscar racing. As the motor racing rule-making body moved back and forth between cars that less and less resembled road-going vehicles, prototype sportscar racing captured the imagination of manufacturers, teams and fans alike.
Porsche vs Ferrari vs Alfa Romeo vs Matra provided some of the best ever racing for sportscars. At first the 5-litre Porsches and Ferraris battled through 1970 and 1971, but the 3-litre prototypes that previously had run in another class rapidly became more and more competitive.
By 1973, the Ferrari 312PB, little more than a Grand Prix car with full bodywork, was dominating the scene. This has always been viewed as one of the great eras in sportscar racing, when all the Grand Prix drivers were fully active in sportscars as well as F1 machines. With 100 contemporary pictures, this is the story of a great time in motor sport history.
Peter Collins has been a motoring journalist and photographer for over ten years. He has a lifelong interest in motorsport and racing history, in particular developing his knowledge and expertise concerning Italian cars. Peter co-founded Auto Italia magazine, of which he is now Editor-at-large, and contributes to Vintage Racecar Journal and Autocollezioni magazines, among various other publications. He also wrote Lancia Integrale – The Complete Story in 2003. Born in London, Peter now lives in south London with partner Liz and cat Darcy, and travels extensively, covering motoring events and maintaining his close ties with Italian car associations worldwide.
Ed McDonough is an experienced and well-known motoring writer, and this is his ninth book about the history of motorsport. He is European editor of Vintage Racecar magazine, and is one of the few journalists able to test and race the important historic machinery he writes about. He has raced for over forty years, and still competes in international and historic events. He did a track test of one of the key cars in this new book, and several of his titles have featured tests by him. Ed also does radio commentary at Goodwood, Monaco and American events. Ed lives in Wooten, Northants.
Paperback • 210x 195mm • 128pages • 100 color and b&w pictures and illustrations.
Period covered: 1969-1973
Models covered: 312P V12 1969-70; 312P Flat 12 1971; 312PB 1972-73