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Alton, VA April 28 - The Ferrari Shell Historic Challenge Drum Brake Class for earlier sports racing Ferrari's, Alfa Romeo's and Maserati's includes arguably some of the most spectacular icons of automotive history. This weekend, Tom...

Alton, VA April 28 - The Ferrari Shell Historic Challenge Drum Brake Class for earlier sports racing Ferrari's, Alfa Romeo's and Maserati's includes arguably some of the most spectacular icons of automotive history.

This weekend, Tom Hollfelder, driving a Maserati 450S, identical to the car Carroll Shelby carried to victory in the first race at Virginia International Raceway in August of 1957, stamped his authority on the proceedings in practice as the "man to beat" in this star-studded group. Hollfelder was not without a challenge from two "experienced" cars and drivers, a rare and "hairy" 375 Mille Miglia Spider driven by Floridian Ed Davies and English expatriate Peter Giddings, driving a supercharged Alfa Romeo 8C-3500 Grand Prix car. Hollfelder, Davies and Giddings are frequent visitors to the top of the time sheets wherever they go, all three having substantial experience driving a wide variety of cars.

In the Disc Brake Class, for later Ferrari and Maserati competition cars, Todd Morici, driving a Ferrari 512 Berlinetta Boxer Le Mans, turned the quickest time on the first day of practice at the tricky 3.27-mile VIR circuit. Close on Morici's heels were three spectacular examples of the ultimate evolution of the Ferrari sports car effort at the 24 Hour race at Le Mans, the 512S, a car designed to go head to head with Porsche's formidable 917 sports prototype. Following Morici on the time sheets were Ed Davies, Chuck Wegner and Tom Hollfelder, all four cars, forty-eight cylinders and over sixteen-hundred horsepower covered with a blanket as they shrieked around VIR's challenging course.

-VIR Club-

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