Hi, I'm a long time lurker here and this is my first post, so I apologise if it's in the wrong section.
I was going through the 1980s Le Mans entry lists on the RacingSportsCars site as I was interested to see the effect the changeover from the Group 5 to Group B regs had on the numbers of sports and GT cars that were entered. In the 1984 entry list under 'cars that did not arrive' at number 26 there is a Ferrari 250 GTO entered by Scuderia Bellancauto in the Group B class. The team had also entered their odd-looking 'aero' 512BB LM in the GTX class, which went out after 65 laps with a gearbox problem.
At first I thought it must be a mistake and it was referring to a 288 GTO, but that was only unveiled in 1984 and there were not enough examples produced for it to be homologated into Group B until June the following year.
I did a bit more digging and found the link between the Bellancauto team and gentleman driver Fabrizio Violati - his family's mineral water company 'Ferraelle' were the main sponsor, and I believe he owned the car (chassis 35529) and was one of it's drivers for the 1981 race, and in their previous 'standard' 512BB LM (chassis 28601) in 1980. Mr. Violati was also a collector of Abarth and Ferrari cars (his collection is now housed in the 'Maranello Rosso' museum he created in San Marino) and was also very active in the historic racing scene. His collection includes a Ferrari 250 GTO (chassis 3851GT) which he famously used to use for historic racing alongside a 250 GT SWB.
Is it this historic (and extremely valuable!) car that the team were intending to enter at Le Mans in 1984? Was this mentioned in any of the magazines at the time (I was a little bit too young for Autosport at that time)?