My name is John and I am a small collector of car magazines, books and historical photographs (did some motorsport photography myself as well).
While searching for info about the original colour of a Ferrari 340 America, I came across this wonderful forum. Naturally I jumped at the chance and immediately looked for the search button to see if some one already posted the infomation I am looking for or point me in the right direction.
One evening searching with different keys hasn't given any result, so I decided to become a member and start a topic of my own.
For over 30 years the subject car of this topic has been with the same owner who is now in the process of having the car retored while trying use as much of the Original components and bodywork of the car as possible. So far they are doing a very good job. However, trying to be sure about the original colour the car had back in 1951 is rather difficult. This issue has been cicling in the Ferrari world for maybe 10 years, but no one has the definitive answer.
So now the owner contacted me again if I knew of others ways to try and find the answer and all I can think of is to try and find new sources away form the Ferrari followers and historians. Maybe collectors of old Aston Martin or Jaguar photographs have material that show the car in question in the background.
So the subject is the Ferrari 340 America of Eddie Hall. This car was delivered to him at Le Mans 1951 where he raced the car with race number 18. We do have some photographs of the car at Le Mans, but all are in black & white and none of the pictures shows the car in one shot with a red sister car. So we cannot possibly conclude wheter the car is red or blue.
Later that year on the 15th of september 1951 Eddie Hall entered the car in the Tourist Trophy at Dundrod, race number 5. There is a nice movie on the internet showing the history of the TT and the 1951 piece shows a Ferrari Barchetta in a blue/green shade. However, that is the sister car of Bobby Baird a 166 MM (he also had a similar red 212 Export, but raced the 166 MM that year at the TT).
The entry lists of both Le Mans and the TT don't mention a colour for the Hall Ferrari, so we seem to be at a point where it seems impossible to be sure about the colour.
Is there anyone who can help out and has footage of the TT 1951 or photographs or a (local) race report that shows or mentions the Ferrari 340 America of Eddie Hall, race number 5?
Thanks in advance.