Peter Brock
Peter Brock
7/30/20 8:20 a.m.

After the final hillclimb of the 1964 international racing season at Sierre-Montana in Switzerland, only a few races remained on the FIA calendar: the Tour de France, the two circuit races at Monza, Italy and Bridgehampton in the U.S.  

Bob Bondurant had won the difficult Swiss hillclimb driving one of Shelby’s potent, lightweight Cobra roadsters. Bondo’s surprise victory against Ferrari’s ace hillclimb champ, Ludovico Scarfiotti, in one of Enzo’s latest Series II GTOs had added nine crucial points to the colorful Texan’s tally in the battle for the World’s GT Championship. It also kept his team alive for what should have been their final encounter: a blistering 3-hour sprint a week later on the high banks of Monza at the Coppa Inter-Europa. 

It never happened. 

After Bondurant’s hillclimb win, just 6.4 points separated the two remaining protagonists for the World Championship title. Enzo Ferrari and Carroll Shelby had fought bitterly over the GT crown since their teams’ first confrontation at the Daytona Continental in January. 

Aston Martin, Maserati and Jaguar–Ferrari’s main competition in the previous two seasons–had been rudely shunted aside in the fierce battle between the nascent Cobras and Ferrari’s well-established world champions. Even Ford’s new GT40s, which had entered the series midseason, were no match; serious development problems had sidelined them at almost every event they entered. In the meantime, the Cobras were taking up the slack for Ford. 

In their months-long war on two continents, Shelby’s Cobras and Ferrari’s GTOs were both so dominant that the competition had been forced off the podium at almost every race in which they clashed. Each team had earned just enough points to qualify for the crown, and the winner at Monza would prevail. 

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8/1/20 10:23 a.m.

Instead of 'jonesing' for a never to be again John Phillips' editorial in that other mag...I get the rest of the story from none other the MAN himself......thank you ,off to the second installment.

Brian 

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