That brought to the fore prototypes such as the all-conquering 312Pb, Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 and Mirage M He decided that all 512M development should stop, and that the 312PB should get full priority to be ready a year ahead of the new 1972 rules. The works team would therefore step back and leave the 512M to privateers. The chassis featured here, 1024, was delivered to Scuderia Brescia Corse on 15 April Dr Alfredo Belponer entered the car for Mario Casoni and ‘Pam’ Marsilio Pasotti to liftmaster garage door opener 7675
Forghieri recalls: “Belponer was a very fine manager running a tight ship, while Casoni was an excellent racer in the Italian tradition one of the last true gentleman drivers. ” The car was run in Interserie races in 1971 with ‘Pam’ driving, and posted respectable finishes at Imola, the Norisring, Zolder and Hockenheim. Its best result came in its only World Championship outing, at Zeltweg in June, when he and Casoni finished fourth. After its competition career, 1024 was sold and briefly crossed the Atlantic, but French doctor Jean Aussenac brought it back to Europe in 1 In ’81, it went to his compatriot Albert Uderzo. A serious enthusiast, Uderzo was president of the French Ferrari club and for some time drove an ex-Le Mans liftmaster garage door opener 7675 on the road! After a spell in the hands of American collector Charles Arnott, the 512M was bought in 1997 by Floridian Ed Davies, who campaigned it in historics racing.
Ohio collector Harry Yeaggy owned it briefly in 2008-’09 before selling it in 2010 to current owner Steven Read, who had it repainted in the Scuderia liftmaster garage door opener 7675 colours that he had dreamt of as a youth. Read has twice run the car in the Le Mans Classic, as well as at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. It was Read who offered me the chance to drive the car at Paul Ricard, where I was joined by Giovanni Lavaggi. The 1995 Daytona 24 Hours winner was testing the car ahead of racing it in the Dix Mille Tours du Castellet. “The 512M is a challenging and tiring car when seeking the limit,” he explains.