In June, a gathering of Ferraris at the Ault Park Concours d' Elegance showcased the lineage of these marvelous automobiles and brought to mind the local history of these sporty cars.

Enzo Ferrari started building road cars to finance his racing efforts, very fast and sporty road cars that were often raced, too. Ferrari found continued success with competitors from the Tristate with wins and championships etched into the record books dating to 1952. Venues included Sebring, Daytona, Watkins Glen and LeMans.

While the story of any racing effort includes highlights and low points, Cincinnati drivers and teams used the 500 Testa Rossa, 250 TR, 365 GTB/4 and 333SP models to create highlights.

One of the first Ferraris in the area was the 1952 166MM Barchetta belonging to E.P. Lunken, who began racing almost immediately. Car dealer Chuck Hassan started driving a 166MM in 1953 and the influx of racing Ferraris started. By 1954, three more new Ferraris arrived.

The year 1955 saw a total of five Ferraris in competition leading to the banner year of 1956 when James Johnston, Howard Hively, John Quackenbush and Roger Bear joined Lunken and Hassan in Ferraris, with Lunken taking a national championship in one of three 500TRs. The next year, five Ferraris were campaigned out of Cincinnati, and the winning ways continued with Johnston taking a national championship in a new 250 Testa Rossa in 1958 and Hively winning the 12 hours of Sebring GT Class in a 250 GT California in 1959.

This racing success brought Ferrari importer Luigi Chinetti to Cincinnati often, which led to a friendship with a local Alfa Romeo enthusiast, A. James Ibold. Ibold owned high-performance Alfas based on competition models. He helped take Alfa to the Indy 500 in 1948 and understood the mechanics of racing machinery. Soon, he took a position on the endurance team for NART. (Ferrari's North American Racing Team). The relationship between Ferrari and Ibold included a win for the 356 GTB/4 "Daytona" at the 24 hours of Daytona in 1973. 

Credited with bringing driver Milt Minter to the winning team, which greatly impressed Chinetti and Ferrari, Ibold became a fixture in the NART pits at Sebring, LeMans and Daytona. Often seen driving a 365 GTB/4 Daytona, Ibold participated with the NART Ferrari endurance racing efforts into the 1980's.

One of sportscar racing's most successful teams took Ferrari to the winner's circle every year from 1994-2001. Doran Enterprises, based in Lebanon, fielded the 333SP cars. Kevin Doran has been a leader in the sports racing car industry for decades, preparing prototypes that have won championships in IMSA, Grand-Am and SCCA.

The Doran team put the MOMO and Lista-sponsored Ferraris in victory lane consistently and is the only team to ever win the Daytona 24-hour, Sebring 12-hour and Watkins Glen 6-hour in the same year, plus back-to-back podiums at LeMans. You can see the Doran Team compete in Grand-Am races today in the No. 77 Office Depot Dallara