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#1 Sean Crockett

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Posted 13 October 2002 - 19:50

I'm sure someone will know this -- Monaco GP 1955 -- Why were the Lancia D50's numbers stencilled in practice/qualifying, but solid for the race?

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#2 rdrcr

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Posted 13 October 2002 - 20:45

Not too sure on this one, but I think that these numbers that you are referring to are entry numbers. I found some reference to this at 8W - one fantastic site.

".... The big fuel tank 'sidepods' make this car an easy pick: it can be none other than the D50. The road track background is just as simple: Monaco. Now, are we looking at the original Lancia D50 from 1955 or the Ferrari D50 from 1956? The entry number - which for your information is put on the car to show this is a practice session - leaves no room for alternatives. It's 1955 with Villoresi at the wheel...."


http://8w.forix.com/8w-999.html

#3 Vitesse2

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Posted 13 October 2002 - 20:53

This would presumably be one of the subterfuges used by race organisers to frustrate pirate programme producers?

#4 Roger Clark

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Posted 13 October 2002 - 21:35

Originally posted by Vitesse2
This would presumably be one of the subterfuges used by race organisers to frustrate pirate programme producers?


I can see how changing the numbers might be used in this way, but I can't see how changing the way they were paited on the car would help. The only thing I can think of is that the timekeepers could not easly see the stencilled numbers and so they were changed to make them more visible. As far as I know, this was the only occassion the Lancia's wore stencilled nymbers.

#5 Barry Boor

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Posted 13 October 2002 - 21:44

I remember bringing this point up on a Lancia thread ages ago.

The only thing I can think of is that the timekeepers could not easly see the stencilled numbers and so they were changed to make them more visible.



I am sure Roger is correct about the reasons for filing in the stencil.