Ferrari starts its run... [PIC]
In 1952. That year, the FIA announced all cars to be raced must conform to Formula 2 specs rather than Formula 1 after Alfa Romeo left the sport. Ferrari was the only maker with a car already developed. The Ferrari 500 F2 ran a 2.0 liter 4 cylinder with a 4 speed transmission. That year, it won 14 of the 19 races with noted drivers Alberto Ascari and Giuseppe "Nino" Farina. This model (the short nose variant) is the car as it debuted in the Swiss Grand Prix. It was the pole car driven by Farina.
Another odd rule from the FIA that year: for the Swiss Grand Prix only, everyone had to run in neutral.
Another fantastic photo essay on a wonderful model. Wish I owned it. Thanks once again Rich.