Ferrari 212 set to make its Brooklands debut this weekend

| 11 Oct 2013

A 1951 Ferrari 212 is to appear at Brooklands for what is thought to be the first time ever during Autumn Motorsport Day on Sunday (13 October).

The Ferrari is one of two built, based on an F2 car but fitted with a 2.5-litre V12. The other is in the Schlumpf Collection in Mulhouse.

It made its debut in 1951 at the Siracusa Grand Prix by Dorino Serafini and is thought to have also been driven by Villoresi, Marzotto and Gonzalez. Raced extensively during the 1950s, it was later discovered stored in Uruguay and eventually found its way into various UK, Italian and Japanese collections. Restored by DK Engineering in 2008, the car is currently owned by a UK collector.

The Ferrari will be one of 60 competition cars – including a selection of Grand Prix racers spanning 70 years – that will be demonstrated on the Mercedes-Benz World circuit adjacent to Brooklands Museum. There will be more on static display or blasting up the famous test hill.

Other Grand Prix cars will range from Norman Goodman’s Type 35B Bugatti from the 1920s up to John Reaks’ Benetton F1 B190 with its Ford HBA4 V8 engine capable of delivering 650bhp at 11,500rpm, which was driven to victory by Nelson Piquet at Suzuka and Adelaide in the 1990 F1 World Championship.

They will join the seven groups of vehicles on circuit including V8s such as Ultimas and Lolas, modern GTs such as the Ferrari F40 and Lamborghini LP640 and Gallardo, plus historic racers including the 1907 Berliet-Curtiss and Brooklands' own 24-litre 1933 Napier Railton.

The Mini Cooper 'S' will be out in force alongside Fiat 500s and some stunning ACs, plus visiting clubs include Classic Lancia, Sunbeam Tiger, Lamborghini and Surrey Ferrari.

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