In the early 60's, Cindi's dad Dick Hahn, owned and raced Ferrari 250 TR's (Testarossas). His team was named Scuderia Hahndawg. His driver was Jerry Grant. In 1961 they won the very first Rose Cup Race in Portland, Oregon with a 1957 Ferrari 250 TR, chassis number 0704. The following year they won the second Rose Cup Race with a 1959 Ferrari 250 TR59, chassis number 0768.
Why are we giving you the chassis numbers? Because the chassis number can be used to look up the history of these old Ferarris.
The Ferrari 250 TR
Only 2 factory cars and 19 customer cars were built.
1957 Ferrari 250 TR #0704
Chassis 0704TR was the 2nd prototype, and was based on a 500 TRC chassis. The 500 TRC used a 2 liter, 4 cylinder, 190 hp engine. The 250 TR had a 3 liter V12 making approximately 280 HP.
Chassis 0704TR was a Scuderia Ferrari car and started the 1957 Le Mans 24 hour race with Olivier Gendebien and Maurice Trintignant, but did not finish. The next race was the Grand Prix of Sweden with Masten Gregory and Wolfgang Seidel. Then in the 1000 km Caracas race it finished 4th, and scored victory in both the 1000 km Buenos Aires race and the 12 hour Sebring race, driven by Phil Hill and Peter Collins. The same driver pairing finished the Targa Florio in 4th position. Mike Hawthorn and Peter Collins finished on the 2nd podium position in the 1000 km Nurburgring race, but failed to finish in the 24 hour Le Mans. In 1958 it was sold to John von Neumann and campaigned successfully in the States, mainly in West Coast races. In 1960 it was sold to Dick Hahn of Yakima, WA, USA and driven by Jerry Grant. In 1961 it was sold to Arthur True who donated it to the Ford Dearborn Museum. In 1997 it was bought by Abraham Kogan. It appeared at the Goodwood Festival in 2005.
1959 Ferrari 250 TR59 #0768
Phil Hill drove it to victory in the 2nd annual "L.A. Times Grand Prix" at Riverside on Oct. 11, 1959. Jack Nethercutt and Pete Lovely drove it to 3rd place at Sebring on March 26, 1960. In 1962, Jerry Grant drove the car for Dick Hahn of Yakima, WA, winning the "Rose Cup" pro race at Portland on June 17 and the SeaFair event at Pacific Raceways on July 29. Decades later Lovely acquired the car and campaigned it for years in historic racing. Bruce McCaw now owns the car and campaigns it in historic events.
Some of this information was gathered from the following websites:
- Wikipedia - Ferrari 250 TR
- Anamera - Collectors Corner - Ferrari 250 Testarossa
- Tam's Old Race Car Site - Jerry Grant
- Historic Racing - Jerry Grant
There is a YouTube video of chassis #0704 being driven at the 2005 Goodwood Festival of Speed.