The Ferrari Owners’ Club
of Great Britain

Paddock News

PFfc Presentation Lunch

November 28th, 2017

It was never going to be easy to top the Italian Embassy as a venue for our formula classic presentation lunch. However our team did an excellent job in securing the RAC Club in Pall Mall London for the 2017 event.

Rob Pulleyn’s immaculate 328 GTB was the perfect car to represent our series. It was on display in the magnificent rotunda of the club for a full week, impressing the great and the good of UK motorsport no doubt.  Honoured guests included Jason Sugden of Pirelli UK and Francesco Balli of Ferrari North Europe. More photos and details here.

Photo: Bev Burns

 

PFHC Season finale-Curborough

October 10th, 2017

As the sun sets on the 2017 season, the last round took place at the popular sprint circuit near Lichfield, where Dave Snelson (F430) drove all the way from Scotland to compete, and promptly won on scratch using just one of the allocated official runs.

Chris Hitchman gave chase and finished in 2nd place in his 355, and also took 15 points once the PEP factors had been applied.

Mike Spicer (328) put up a valiant battle to wrestle the last points of the season away from Dave and Chris, and was rewarded with his second 20 point haul of the season, and the final place on the podium.

The championship order therefore finished with Dave Snelson as the 2017 Champion, Mike Spicer was a very worthy runner up (carrying last seasons 1% Champions PEP) Phil Whitehead (355) was in 3rd position, and Nick Taylor (F430) was 4th (and had the most 20 point wins with 4, but only competed in six rounds)

We also featured nicely on the Shelsley Walsh/Midland Automobile Club online event report.

Event Report: October Curborough Sprint

Full website report and pictures will be posted as soon as we get them.

Spicer is 2017 Runner up.!

September 3rd, 2017

At the second Prescott Hillclimb of the season, Dave Snelson stormed to yet another win and clinched the championship.
It was a bright and warm day for this 11th round of the PFHC, Phil Whitehead (355) and Mike Spicer (328) gave chase throughout the day but had to settle for 2nd and 3rd place respectively, and Mark Wibberley (360) pipped Richard Preece in his 355 for 4th place.

When the PEP factors were applied, Mike Spicer took the 20 points, Snelson 17 points and Whitehead 15 points.

2nd place in the championship is still up for grabs, with Mike Spicer now moving ahead of Nick Taylor by just one point with 2 rounds to go.

8 Days to Donington

August 15th, 2017

Our last club track day of the year is just 8 days away on Thursday 24th August at Donington Park. We have not raced there this year so you must feel the need. It is a noisy day too which is rare. Also unusual is that we have opened the day to allow member’s non Ferraris. So if you have a suitable car, race or road, that you fancy running just call the club office for guidance on the day. One of our better known racers may be bringing his Lola T70 and I know that there are lots of you with some fabulous cars that we would all like to see.

The day will be run in sessions and there will be lots of track time available. Who knows, if successful this could become an annual event. We ran mixed marque events many years ago so we are not breaking entirely new ground, but it has been a while. There is a discount for a second car so the more the merrier.

Brands Hatch FESTIVAL ITALIA

August 14th, 2017

Brands Hatch Festival Italia was a great success with two formula classic races

Brilliant weather all day

Even bigger crowd than last year

24 cars on the Pirelli Formula classic grid, the best of the year.

Loads of people on the grid walk

Some really good racing all through the field.

A great performance by Gary Culver with two wins.

Full report to come soon with lots of excellent photos

Brands Hatch Sprint -News!

August 11th, 2017

David Snelson was on the top step again after the Brands Hatch Sprint. The whole event was a festival of all things Italian, even the Mediterranean sun came out too. Dave and his F430 certainly got the hang of the 1 1/2 laps of the Indy circuit and finished 4 seconds ahead of Brian Jackson (California T) with Juan Moreno (360 Modena) only a quarter of a second adrift for 3rd position.

Mike Spicer won the battle of the classic cars in his 328, but at first glance it appears that the 20 points go to Dave Snelson, with Mike just 0.5 of a second behind (after the PEP factors were applied)

Full report and pictures as soon as we get them.

The Class of 2008

July 10th, 2017

PFfc Donington Park, April 2008 will be remembered by some as being exceptionally cold. It will also be remembered by others as on the grid of an impressive 28 cars there were 6 newcomers to the Race Series. Geoff Neal, Ben Cartwright, Chris Butler, Chris Goddard, William Moorwood and Richard Fenny. Geoff would carry on with several races over the next few years, Ben would be regular competitor before taking up other sports but continues to support his brother and father who continue to race. Chris Butler has been regular racer but took a break from the Series a few years ago. Chris Goddard and William have raced every year since, as has Richard Fenny who has the distinction of putting in the most appearances, Race two at Zandvoort was his 100th PFfc race. He is rightly proud of his achievement and has placed a suitable record on his 308GT4

Dutch Delights at Blowy Zandvoort

June 28th, 2017

Our formula classic racers found a warm welcome at Zandvoort last week-end. Amongst the sand dunes and in high winds our lads put on a decent show in three races, plus a grid walk. Nigel Jenkin’s 355 was basically top banana winning races one and two, but when he lost a wheel on the last lap race three went to Peter Fisk in the popular 550 Maranello.

Chris Butler continued his excellent form and certainly enjoyed his podium outing in race three. Gary Culver was reliable, but didn’t quite have the pace to match Fisk and Jenkins. There were good dices, particularly towards the back of the field with Swift, Fenny, Moorwood and Ugo all having fun.

Lots of photos plus full reports and results as soon as we can.

 

Prescott Report Now Posted

June 22nd, 2017

After missing the first three hillclimb rounds, Richard Prior (355 – centre) made a comeback at Prescott to take the scratch win and maximum points ahead of 2nd place man Phil Whitehead (355 – right) and Mike Spicer (328 – left). It was all very close and competitive between the top three, putting championship leader Dave Snelson (F430) under pressure when he made errors on both of his official runs and unexpectedly came away without a trophy.

Despite the forecast cloud and occasional early drizzle showers, the day passed off well at the annual Italian themed ‘La Vita Rossa’ event at Prescott Hill, home to the Bugatti Owners’ Club, finishing the official runs in warm sunshine.

Many thanks to Dave Snelson for his report, now posted here.

Shelsley Walsh report posted

June 19th, 2017

Nick Taylor (430) was back with a bang at Shelsley Walsh taking the outright win and 20 points at the weekend with very changeable weather. Dave Snelson kept his head this time and was rewarded with 2nd place in his 430, just a tenth in front of Richard Prior in his 355. The morning run had the best conditions, then the rain came, and went, and came again just in time for the later 2nd official run, so it was done and dusted really before lunch. Phil Whitehead (355) was unluckily in 4th place by just 0.04 of a second behind Prior, but he did bag 15 points after the PEP factors were applied.

Full Report by Mike Spicer is now available with pictures and results.

Oulton Park Races

June 12th, 2017

Saturday saw two races for the Pirelli Ferrari formula classic series. Qualifying took place on a wet track, race one was on a dry track and race two on a very wet track. Gary Culver topped qualifying and won both races in his Group 4 328GTB. Chris Butler in his Group 3 328GTB impressed with two podium finishes and the RnR driver of the day award. There was some good close racing, particularly towards the back of the field. The event was very well run by the VSCC and we will publish a full report as soon as we can. In the meantime the results are availabe here.

Oulton Park News

June 6th, 2017

Our formula classic racers are out at Oulton Park this Saturday 10th June. Steve Burns advises that qualifying is scheduled for 08:58 with Race 1 at 13:12 and Race 2 at 16:19. This is a VSCC meeting so lots of interesting things to see and do. The Ferrari entry is looking good at 22 cars. Notable is the return of Tim Walker. Tim instructs at Oulton these days so must be Group 3 favourite. However he will have to be on top form to resist a flying Chris Butler, and Evers of course.

At the sharp end we have the fascinating contest of Lee Moulden, Wayne Marrs and Nigel Jenkins (355/Chs) plus of course you can never rule out Gary Culver if his 328 is back on top form. After his Knockhill success maybe Peter Fisk in the glorious 550 is also a potential overall winner. Tris Simpson, Tim Mogridge and Richard Cook (355/Chs) will also be there or thereabouts.

End of Season Event

June 6th, 2017

The formula classic end of season event has now been announced. This will be a prize giving and lunch at the prestigeous RAC headquarters in Pall Mall, London. We have been granted the special privilege of displaying one of our race cars in the foyer. The date chosen is Saturday 18th November. This is an invitation only event and the Club office will circulate further information in due course.

Fame at Last!

June 6th, 2017

Keep an eye out for the Knockhill Ferrari Festival on television. The channel is SKY ch469 Front Runner TV, Freeview ch91, FreeSat 250 & Talk Talk 9. This is available to 19 million homes across the UK and N.Ireland and is the UK’s only free sports channel. The first broadcast last night had a few issues but these are now we are told fixed. Check your planner to be sure but there are lots of re-runs planned. The next one I found was 7th June at 13:00 hrs.

Let’s hope for lots of good racing action.

Knockhill PFfc Race Weekend

May 16th, 2017

For some Knockhill was a long way to travel but for everyone it was well worth the trip with a testing wet day on Saturday and two races in perfect conditions on Sunday. Lee Moulden had two race wins in his 355 and Peter Fisk had his first ever race win in his 550. Group wins also for Chris Butler (328 GTB), Chris Compton Goddard (308GTB) and William Moorwood (308GT4). The Knockhill organisation was very helpful and the track was a joy to race on. Full report, photos and results are now posted.

Harewood Reports now Posted

May 7th, 2017

On the first day of the Harewood double-header it was Nick Taylor (centre – 430 Coupe) who won from the similar tipo of Dave Snelson (left) and the 355 of Phil Whitehead (right). On the Sunday rematch it was Snelson who took the win from Whitehead and Taylor, but with the PEP factors applied it was Taylor who took the maximum championship points on Saturday and Whitehead on the Sunday. The reports, results and lots of pics have now been posted. (Selfie by Dave Snelson)

Snelson Takes the Overseas Hillclimb Win!

May 2nd, 2017

The first Hillclimb round was blessed with sunshine, as David Snelson took his F430 to Jersey to start his season with a win at the daunting Bouley Bay Hill. David led all through practice and the official runs to pip 2nd place man Juan Moreno by over half a second, but it was Juan’s first time there at this technical hill, and he did rather well to learn it in just a weekend. Seasoned visitor John Swift was third in the 355 GTB and claimed the fastest 0-64ft start with 2.52 seconds. Full report from Mark Wibberley can be read here.
Not long until the next round, a double header at Harewood on 6th & 7th May.

Records fall at Castle Combe

April 17th, 2017

On a race day that saw several lap records tumble it was Wayne Marrs (355 Grp 5) who just about held off a fired up Gary Culver (328 Grp 4) to win both formula classic races at Castle Combe today.  Also a class winner in both races was a very fast Chris Butler (328 Grp 3). Paul Ugo took Grp 2 in race 1 (308 GT4) and Peter Moseley was the class 2 winner in race 2.

The drizzle just about held off and a large crowd enjoyed two exciting races – plus of course the popular grid walk. Reports, pics & results now posted. 

Message from Chris Butler

April 2nd, 2017

With Castle Combe but two weeks away our Club’s Financial Director, Hill Climber and Racer, Chris Butler, reminds us why we should support our race programme in this anniversary year for both Ferrari and the UK Owners Club. See Chris’s letter here

Indespension Lines Up on Ferrari Classic Grid

March 25th, 2017

The Ferrari Owners’ Club of Great Britain is delighted to welcome leading UK Trailer manufacturer Indespension as a new partner. This new three-year agreement sees Indespension join the Pirelli Ferrari Formula Classic Series as a Racing Partner from the 2017 season, with their distinctive branding set to appear on all competing cars.

Indespension will be focusing on promoting their car trailer range, particularly their new clamshell covered trailer, specifically designed with a shallow loading angle for low bodied race and performance cars and with clear door opening access from the car once on board.

Gary Culver, Director at the Ferrari Owners’ Club GB said “We are delighted to welcome Indespension as a Racing Partner. As a long time racer myself, I know the importance of a good trailer to get your car safely and securely to the tracks. The travel distances can be quite considerable, as we race at circuits across the UK and Europe, and so your trailer is a vital part of equipment.”

Tony Graham joint Managing Director of Indespension added ‘We are very excited to be partnering with the Pirelli Ferrari Formula Classic Series and particularly introducing our car trailer range to competitors and club members. We are a National Trailer Company with 23 branches across the UK, so the fact that the series visits key parts of the country is also important and we look forward to some great racing in the coming seasons.’

The partnership will also see Indespension introduced to the wider Ferrari Owners’ Club membership with member offers on trailer purchase, hire and servicing.

Challenge & GT Races Confirmed

February 27th, 2017

The Ferrari Club Deutschland has now confirmed three dates for its Challenge & GT Series.

25th May – 28th May Spa Francorchamps
09th June – 10th June Nürburgring
17th August – 20th August Zolder – as a support to the 24hr

All events will feature 2 x 20 Minutes Qualifying and 2 x 30 Minute Races. There will be two classes: “Racing Class” and a “GLP Class”. Racing stands for high speed in all classes with original Ferraris, without the FIA rules, made for Gentlemen Drivers. GLP is regularity for all street legal Ferraris.

The entry-Fee will be around 1.000 Euros for a Single-Race. All information via the FCD website www.ferrari-club-deutschland.de

Taylor Gets a Head Start

February 22nd, 2017

Our spies spotted club hillclimber and circuit racer Nick Taylor at Silverstone recently. February 18th may seem early to start a racing season, but the traditional VSCC Pomeroy Trophy gives an excellent opportunity for some fun and much missed track time. This unique event tests the comparative speed, agility and braking ability of Pre-war and Post-war machines. The ‘Pom’, as it is affectionately known, is a unique event within the motorsport world. Over the course of the day, competitors take part in handling, acceleration and braking tests, followed by a High Speed Regularity Time Trial.  The concept was first mooted by John Rowley in 1947, but because of petrol rationing it did not actually take place until 22 March 1952.  Although not Laurence Pomeroy’s idea, it was his formula to calculate the efficiency of GP car engines that was used as the basis for calculations enabling all to compete on a “level playing field”

We haven’t seen enough of Nick Taylor in formula classic recently, so let’s hope that this appearance was a pre-cursor to more outings.

 

Safety Fast

February 17th, 2017

News from Comp. Director Gary Culver is that Ferrari North Europe will be providing a 488 as a Safety Car for our first meeting of the year at Castle Combe, and at selected events thereafter.

Quite how the pack will keep up is not mentioned! The photo shows the car being prepared in the FNE workshops.

2017 is officially GO !

February 17th, 2017

Our 2017 season finally kicked off on the 14th of February at the Festival Italia pre season media day at Brands Hatch. Our Pirelli Ferrari formula classic Series and Pirelli Ferrari Hillclimb Championship were both represented, and formula classic series Co-ordinator Steve Burns was there to see fair play.

Race cars For Sale

February 2nd, 2017

We know it can be hard to find a Ferrari to race. Cars do get advertised on the main Club website, as well as the many sales sites on the internet. Every now and again though we may list a few that we are aware of. We will give you the lead but you must follow this up yourself. We are not here to sell cars so please do not call the Club in this regard. Here is our list correct at time of publication: (Revised 20th Feb 2017)

 

Ferrari 328 GTB Red/White. Grp 3. Series winning car: From WalkerSport

Ferrari 328 GTB Red. Grp 3. Ex Pauline Goodwin: From Nick Cartwight

Ferrari 328 GTB Red. ‘Rosie’. Grp 4: Ex. Everyone: From Nick Cartwright

Ferrari Mondial T Red. Grp 4. Ex Ray Ferguson: From Rob Pulleyn

Ferrari Mondial Ferrari Mondial T Cab. Red. Ex. Benaroya: From Internet

Ferrari Mondial QV. Silver. Grp 1. From Carl Burgar

Ferrari 348 tb. Red. Challenge spec +: From QV London

Ferrari 308 GTB Vetrosina. Red. Grp 4. Ex. Sue Newton: From John Watts

Ferrari 308 GTS Race. Grp2. Black: From QV London

Ferrari 355 Challenge. Grp 5: From Richard Atkinson-Willes

Happy hunting…….

2017 PFfc Regs and Entry Forms

January 29th, 2017

The 2017 Regulations and Registration Forms for the coming season have been printed and sent out all those who registered to race last year and to anyone else who has expressed an interest in joining the Series. If you have not received a copy or know of someone who is interested please contact Jeremy Howkins in the club office on 01327 855430 and he will send you all the details

Racing in 2017? Try a 348!

January 24th, 2017

Exciting new changes to the Pirelli Ferrari formula classic series make the results wide open, for 2017 the 348 will now be racing basically in the same groups as the 328. If the budget doesn’t stretch to a 355 then this change offers some great opportunities.

The Ferrari Owners Club has always encouraged close competitive racing. No race victory is sweeter than the one you had to fight for, and this new classification makes the pro’s and con’s of both 328 and 348 models a close call. It’s a difficult choice for the racer.

For many years the 328 has pretty much been the ultimate weapon on the grid, they are fast, simple to prepare, reliable and great fun to drive. They race in two classes, class 3 – lightly prepared for racing, and class 4 modified – within sensible limits. The group 3 car runs with the standard 270BHP and a control weight of 1255kgs, the modified group 4 cars run around 300 (ish) BHP at the same weight.

For 2017 the 348 will also run in group 3 and group 4, with similar regulations as the 328, pitching the two models head to head. 348s have between 300 and 320bhp depending on the model, which gives them a power advantage, but it is a heavier car with the control weight of 1390kgs for class 3 and 1340kgs for class 4.

There are other factors, some of which maybe contentious, but in my opinion it is easier to access the performance of the engine in a 348 due to it’s better torque and longer spread of power. The 348 also manages incredible tyre grip which promotes smooth efficient driving. However the 328 is a rewarding car to drive on the limit and drifts sublimely, which makes it very forgiving for the committed driver…decisions decisions!

Given the options that now exist in group 3 and 4, the decision of which car to race has become a lot tougher, especially when you consider the price! A 348 can cost half as much as a 328. If you choose to race a 348 in this series, you certainly won’t regret it and I think you’ll have the 328’s more than a little worried.

Good luck and great racing to all the PFfc racers throughout 2017.

Tim Walker. WalkerSport

Notes:

Original 348 Challenge cars, or those to Challenge specification will race in group 4. Any significant further modifications may put the car into group 5.

At publish date there were 31 348s advertised for sale on Piston Heads with prices starting at £ 47,500

2016 formula classic Season Review

January 22nd, 2017

2016 was a notable year for our formula classic series, with a few lows but many more highs. We’ve just posted our season round-up so please click here to read it.  http://www.ferrariclubracing.co.uk/2016-season-round/

Sam Smeeth is World Champion !

December 5th, 2016

The 2016 Ferrari World Finals (Finali Mondiali), were hosted for the very first time by Florida’s Daytona International Speedway last week-end. This concluded the racing season of the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli, with the last races in the three series: Europe, North America, and Asia-Pacific. Sam Smeeth, who of course used to race in our Open series with his father Simon, was successful in becoming the Ferrari Challenge Am Class world champion. His Stratstone entered 458 run by the Silverstone based f.f.Corse team had a terrific end to their season. On Sunday in the very last race at the world finals Sam finished 3rd overall in an exciting and eventful race.

The meeting could be watched live via the internet. Sam collected his trophies on the podium from F1 drivers Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen and F1 team boss Maurizio Arrivabene. Our warmest congratulations go to Sam and the entire f.f.Corse team. Well done.

Racers Feature at NEC Classic car Show

November 21st, 2016

More than 71,000 enthusiasts visited the recent Classic Car Show at the NEC, making it the biggest turn out in the event’s 32 year history. The Club’s eye catching stand featured a grid of formula classic race cars, as well as a Grp 4 Daytona and 212 Vignale. As you can see we also attracted a couple of F1 hopefuls who clearly fancied a go against our top guns. Their personalities seemed a tad “wooden” though!

Many thanks and great credit go to Gary Dearn and his team, along with the car’s owners of course for such a fun and good looking display. A selection of pictures is posted on our Flickr page.