30 cars and 90 years of the 24 Hours of Le Mans 11/30 : The Ferrari 250 TR (1960)
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30 cars and 90 years of the 24 Hours of Le Mans 11/30 : The Ferrari 250 TR (1960)

The Ferrari 250 TR (1960) : 30 cars and 90 years of the 24 Hours of Le Mans 11/30

On the 90th anniversary of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2013, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest has selected thirty historic cars grouped into three per decade, all up for public vote by race fans. To participate, click HERE and choose one per decade. The vote is open until the 15th of January 2013. Each of the thirty cars will have a short introduction. Today it is the Ferrari 250 TR that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1960.

The letters TR (Testa Rossa meaning 'red head' ) is also known as the GTO in the history of Ferrari. The V12 engine had characteristic cylinder heads painted red. In 1960, Olivier Gendebien and Paul Frère scored second of its three wins in La Sarthe (from 1968 to 1961). About this TR 1960,  Paul Frère, a brilliant driver, but also a great engineer and journalist, wrote in his book "My Life Full Of Cars" that when he asked Enzo Ferrari about his car's ungainly looking windscreen, got the scathing response: "You know... aerodynamics it is for those who can't make good engines!" In 1960, Ferrari already had three victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans (1949-54-58). That year, the 250 TR scored the first of six consecutive victories until 1965.

Year : 28th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans (25th & 26th June 1960)
Number of cars entered : Five
Technical Information :
3 litre V12 atmospheric
Drivers :
Phil Hill-Wolfgang von Trips (n°9)
Richie Ginther-Willy Mairesse (n°10)
Olivier Gendebien-Paul Frère (n°11)
Ludovico Scarfiotti-Pedro Rodriguez (n°12)
Ricardo Rodriguez-Teddy Pilette (n°17)
Results :
1st (Olivier Gendebien-Paul Frère)
2nd (Ricardo Rodriguez-Teddy Pilette)
Retired (Phil Hill-Wolfgang von Trips, Richie Ginther-Willy Mairesse, Ludovico Scarfiotti-Pedro Rodriguez)