1965 Ferrari Dino 206 Prototype entered for BSWR 2013

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Andreas Mohringer: 1965 Ferrari Dino 206 Prototype

Andreas Mohringer: 1965 Ferrari Dino 206 Prototype

With the Bahamas Speed Week Revival still four months away, the organisers are delighted in the interest shown in this year’s event and the entry list is already half full with some very interesting cars.

Top of the shop has to be returning Entrant Andreas Mohringer’s fabulous Ferrari Dino 206 Prototype. Andreas took his unique Ferrari 375MM to Speed Week last year and that car went on to take centre stage at the Cavallino Classic in Florida. Continuing the theme of beautiful, unique (this car is chassis number 0834 and the only one of its type ever built) and attention-grabbing Ferraris, the Dino was entered for Speed Week hot on the heels of its win at Villa d’Esté. It has subsequently taken the accolade of ‘historically most significant Ferrari’ at the Vernasca Silver Flag and will no doubt add more trophies to its cabinet before it arrives in Nassau this December.

And its entry form reveals this car is much more than just a pretty ‘face’. With too many highlights to list here, the records show that no other Ferrari ‘P’ car raced for so long (8 years) or with such distinction. This little red coupé with its yellow Grand Prix alloy wheels and 1.6 litre four cam F1 engine was so fast that few believed it only carried a 1600 cc. John Surtees, who tested it prior to the 1965 Monza 1000km, described it as “…..indecently fast…..” but as the class limit was 2000cc it didn’t matter to Ferrari whether they were believed or not! Ferrari Team Manager Dragoni finally allowed the officials to strip down the engine to quash all accusations of cheating once and for all. Confident they had a winner on their hands, Ferrari entered the car for the Le Mans 24 Hours. Through practice the little car put many of its ‘big brothers’ to shame but on the first lap of the race, its engine ‘let go’ in spectacular fashion. It is said that the sudden absence of the ‘screaming’ Dino made the remaining 23 hours of the race profoundly quieter! With no more 2 litre class endurance races scheduled that year, Ferrari entered their ‘pocket rocket’ in the European Hillclimb Mountain Championship where it easily took top honours despite missing the first two rounds! In 1967, with its engine upgraded to 2 litres, it added an incredible 4th overall in the 1967 Targa Florio to its tally -an amazing result for a 2 litre car.

In 1971 the Dino was finally retired from competition and parked up in its garage, where it remained, mothballed for the next 26 years at which point it made its way to the West Coast of the United States where it underwent no more than a thorough service before taking to the road again. Now in the hands of Andreas, 0834 remains very much as it last raced and the Bahamas Speed Week Revival Organisers are delighted to see it appear on this year’s entry list.

Chairman and Event Director David McLaughlin reacted to its addition with “We are always delighted when an Entrant enjoys themselves enough with us to repeat the experience but to bring us two unique, award-winning cars two years running is exceptional and we are extremely grateful to Andreas for his support. Fortunately for us and the world at large, Andreas not only believes in preserving a car’s history but also that these very special cars should be both seen and heard!”

The categories for Speed Week entry are – Sports/GT Racers 1954-66, classic Road Cars from 1954 onwards, modern-day Supercars and, new for 2013 Pre-War cars plus there will be two races each for Formula Juniors and Classic Minis. The first step towards securing your place on that the second half of the entry list is to contact Event Coordinator Carol Mason at carol@bahamasspeedweek.com or +44 (0)7710 877770.