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Discussion in 'Other Racing' started by charleswan, Jan 4, 2004.
Private Ferrari team and Factory Ferrari team ?
My favourite ferrari team is Ecurie Francorchamps.
Why? Look at my location, EF is founded in Belgium. And the second reason wherefor I like them so much are the Ferraris that they have had in the past, like 750 Monzas, the first 500 TR #0600, 250TRs, 250SWBs, 250GTOs, 250LMs, 412P #0850,...
And they had drivers like Gendebien, Mairesse, Paul Frére, Jacky Ickx,...
The men who started Ecurie Francorchamps, Jacques Swaters, has now the biggest Ferrari history collection of the world, called FF Galleria. He still owns Ferraris like the ex-Agnelli 166MM, 375plus, 288 GTO Evo, Pinin 4-doors,F50,...
The cars of Ecurie Francorchamps now are still well-know by the biggest Ferrari collectors. A know that 'Cavallino Holding' in the USA have a 250TR and a 250LM of EF, Mr. Stroll owns/owned cars of EF,...
Won class at 1998 Lemans 24 with 333sp
Competed for several years at LeMans with 333sp
Took 2nd place overall at 2003 Daytona 24 hours
Continues to compete with 360GT in American LeMans
Part of Ferrari of Houston/Ferrari of Dallas--so was I.
Success of Challenge teams
Dr. Stephen Earle
Dr. Ed Martinez (deceased)
Class act owner-Giuseppe Risi
and a lot of other reasons.........................
Reason: To buy 550's used from ebay and then modify them to be competitive and even win without factory support is simply amazing!
What about the upcoming team ?
Veloqx and how bout JMB Racing ?
Same for me, plus that the sympathy of Mr. Swaters is fantastic.
He can tell you storys.......amazing
look at this ....
I never spoke to Mr. Swaters. I've seen him twice, and would like to visit his FF Galleria at Garage Francorchamps, but it's difficult to get a visit.
I'm sure he can tell many very interesting stories.
I love the story about JS when he picked up his 500 F2 in 1952.
Do drove to Maranello to pick up his new 500 F2 #0208. When he left at Maranello driving his 500 F2, Enzo Ferrari asked someone who that guy was. They told Enzo it was Jacques Swaters. And Enzo answered: 'Here at Ferrari we are crazy, but that guy is the craziest.'
Mr. Swaters drove the new 500 F2 (you'll probably know that is like an F1 car) all the way to Belgium. In 1952 there where no highways, only some little roads through little villages. The 500 F2 was not road legal, and there was no license plate on the car.
Nice story, isn't it?