Inaugural Saratoga Fall Ferrari Festival Impresses
Story by Leigh Dorrington and photos by Tom Sullivan
The inaugural Saratoga Wine & Food and Fall Festival in Saratoga Springs, New York on September 10-12, 2009 featured a Ferrari Concours, honored guests and automobiles from Ferrari’s North American Racing Team (N.A.R.T.), a spirited N.A.R.T. racing discussion, exhibition of historic racing images by Tom Burnside and a Ferrari tour of the Adirondack-Lake George area.
A surprising field of Ferraris included former Villa d’Este, Pebble Beach and Amelia Island winners, the 1965 Le Mans-winning Ferrari 250LM — the last Ferrari to win Le Mans, driven by Jochen Rindt and Masten Gregory — and other notable special bodied and competition Ferraris.
Best of Show Competizione was presented to the Ferrari 250LM, owned by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum, and Best of Show Stradale to the 1957 Ferrari 4.9 Superfast of Lee Herrington of Bow, New Hampshire.
Other outstanding Ferraris included the 1959 Ferrari 410 Superamerica of Peter Kalikow, which previously earned Best of Show at Villa d’Este in 2006, and the 275 GTB/4 N.A.R.T. Spyder originally driven at Sebring by Denise McCluggage and Pinkie Rollo. McCluggage drove the N.A.R.T. Spyder on the Fall Ferrari Festival Tour with N.A.R.T. mechanic Francois Sicard, who presented the Ferrari for owner Larry Auriana.
N.A.R.T. competition Ferraris also included Auriana’s Ferrari 512M, driven to third place at Le Mans in 1971 by Sam Posey and Tony Adamowicz, and Peter Sachs’ Ferrari 365P2 which won the 1965 12 hours of Reims one week following Le Mans with Pedro Rodriguez and Jean Guichet. James Glickenhaus, who has announced plans to create a Competitione version of his Ferrari P4/5 for 2010 also exhibited the P4/5 by Pininfarina and his Ferrari P3/4.
A N.A.R.T. racing discussion presented for the public included former N.A.R.T. participants Luigi Chinetti Jr., McCluggage, Posey, Sicard, team manager Dick Fritz, Gaston Andrey, mechanic Roger Colson and photographer Tom Burnside.
Saratoga Fall Ferrari Festival Photo Gallery (photo credit: Tom Sullivan)