Inaugural Saratoga Fall Ferrari Festival Impresses

Story by Leigh Dorrington and photos by Tom Sullivan

1965 Le Mans-winning Ferrari 250LM, the last Ferrari to win Le Mans, driven by Jochen Rindt and Masten GregoryThe 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)

Denise McCluggage leading the tour in the 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 N.A.R.T. Spyder that she and Pinkie Rollo drove to 17th overall and 2nd in class at the 1967 12 Hours of Sebring
Denise McCluggage leading the tour in the 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 N.A.R.T. Spyder that she and Pinkie Rollo drove to 17th overall and 2nd in class at the 1967 12 Hours of Sebring
Ferrari 365P2 won the 1965 12 Hours of Reims with Pedro Rodriguez and Jean Guichet
Ferrari 365P2 won the 1965 12 Hours of Reims driven by Pedro Rodriguez and Jean Guichet
Best of Show Stradale Winner - 1957 Ferrari 4.9 Superfast of Lee Herrington
Best of Show Stradale Winner - 1957 Ferrari 4.9 Superfast of Lee Herrington
N.A.R.T. racing discussion included Sam Posey, Roger Colson, Tom Burnside, Denise McCluggage, among others
N.A.R.T. racing discussion included Sam Posey, Roger Colson, Tom Burnside, Denise McCluggage, among others
1959 Ferrari 410 Superamerica of Peter Kalikow
1959 Ferrari 410 Superamerica of Peter Kalikow
Sam Posey and Tony Adamowicz drove this Ferrari 512M to a 3rd place finish at the 1971 24 Hours of Le Mans
Sam Posey and Tony Adamowicz drove this Ferrari 512M to a 3rd place finish at the 1971 24 Hours of Le Mans
1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 N.A.R.T. Spyder
1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 N.A.R.T. Spyder
Best of Show Competizione went to the 1965 Ferrari 250LM that won Le Mans at the hands of Jochen Rindt and Masten Gregory
Best of Show Competizione went to the N.A.R.T. Ferrari 250LM that won the 1965 24 Hours of Le Mans at the hands of Jochen Rindt and Masten Gregory

[Source: Leigh Dorrington; photos, Tom Sullivan]

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  1. I wish I was there. The article was far to short as it should have a lot longer. Very little has been written about Luigi Chinetti and NART as I wish there was a book written about Mr. Chinetti and his Son and there team. The pictures are really beautiful and the 275 GTS/4 NART Spyder is awesome especially seeing it in the superb movie the Original Thomas Crown Affair with Steve McQueen and not the bogus remake. I hope your web site can dedicate more space to the history of NART. I also remember that in the late seventies early eighties there was a Gentlemen who lived on Long Island who owned a 250/275 LM is Original Condition and I remember it was an elderly Asian Owner do you have any information if the 250 LM was owned by Gentlemen as I remember seeing him at a FCA Meeting put together by Mr. Stan Nowak and Grand Prix SSR of LI New York?

  2. Timing is everything! Been reading AJ Baime’s, Go like Hell: Ford, Ferrari, and their Battles for Speed and Glory at Le Mans. …Fun, fast paced reading. I only wish I read it before the Fall, Food, Wine and Ferrari Fest. Baime’s book goes into the 1965 Le Mans winning Ferrari 250LM pictured here which topped its class piloted by, Masten Gregory and Jochen Rindt.

    I didn’t make the Ferrari Fest, too bad. But, that Saturday morning while getting my weekly carload of great Saratoga Spring water, I noticed an unusual red car behind the Saratoga Auto Museum. I drove around back to check it out. Turns out it was owner, Laurence Auriana and his fantastic Ferrari 512M. He was spraying the carbs and then started his car up. Wow, the sound of those revs! Since he seemed to have a bit of trouble putting the bonnet down, I jumped in there to help him. He thanked me with Italian accent and drove away. I too drove away in my Civic Si with a smile on my face the whole way home… -Greg Wing