A Ferrari driven by Italians Ignazio Guinti and Nino Vaccarella has won the 12 hour Grand Prix in Sebring, Florida, with film star Steve Mcqueen and millionaire Peter Revlon second.
MV Stands (2 shots)
CU Sign "Sebring Races"
CU Starter flag
TV Start of race, spectators & race in progress (3 shots)
CU Car out of pits and away
TV Race, cars round bend (2 shots)
MV No. 21 winner towards & around bend
MV Shots of race and spectators (2 shots)
MV Car crash, No.26 out of car
MV Cars round bend & PEN ACROSS spectators (2 shots)
MV Cars past
CU Car repaired in pit
MV M.G. past, round bend
MV & LV Race (4 shots)
CU No. 48 (McQueen) leading round bend
LV Race and round bend (2 shots)
CU Cars past & LV Ditto (2 shots)
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Background: A Ferrari driven by Italians Ignazio Guinti and Nino Vaccarella has won the 12 hour Grand Prix in Sebring, Florida, with film star Steve Mcqueen and millionaire Peter Revlon second.
More than 70 cars entered for the 12 hour marathon race. A number of foreign drivers were taking part for the first time.
Besides the attraction of seeing Steve McQueen in unusual role of racing car driver, most fans were in Sebring to see the latest Ferraris. They weren't disappointed as the italian car roared around the track to take out the classic in near record time.
Third place went to Masten Gregory of France and Toine Hazemans of Holland in an Alpha while a Porsche driven by Pedro Rodriguez of Mexico and Leo Kinnunen of Finland came in fourth.
SYNOPSIS: Several thousands racing fans were at Sebring in the American state of Florida yesterday (Saturday) for the start of the 12 hour endurance race for saloon cars. For the first time in the history of the race the Le Mans type start...with the drivers running to their cars...was discarded.
One of the main attractions was the presence of film star Steve McQueen who was in a Porsche. Another reason for the large crowd was the chance to see the latest Ferraris.
It was a Ferrari driven by Italians Ignazio Guinti and Nino Vaccarella which eventually won the race. Their car roared around the track to take the chequered flag in near record time.
The race is a severe test on men and machines. Constant high speed driving for 12 hours takes its toll and a number of the more than 70 entries didn't finish.
Steve McQueen driving car number 48 put in a good race to take second place. His co-driver was cosmetic millionaire Peter Revlon. Third place went to an Alpha driven by Pedro Rodriguez of Mexico and Leo Kinnunen of Finland.