The Brave and the Bold

We follow a trio of vintage Ferraris around one of world’s tightest, least-forgiving circuits at the 2021 Grand Prix Monaco Historique.

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July 19, 2021

The Methusalem Racing Team supports a group of friends who love seeing their classic Ferrari Formula 1 race cars out on track, just like they were back in the glory days. In mid-May, for the 2021 edition of the Monaco Historic Grand Prix, Methusalem, which is based in Germany, brought three such stunning, expensive, museum-worthy cars

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Amon, in Forghieri

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Rene Arnoux drove this 312 B at Monaco, but ended up in a wall after hitting oil on track.

Methusalem owns an impressive stockroom of parts and considered shipping some down to Monte Carlo overnight to get s/n 017 back on track. Ultimately, the team decided not to.

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Jean Alesi led his race in this 312 B before being punted off by another driver.

JACKY ICKX DROVE Methusalem

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Like Caffi, Arnoux endured an ignominious race in Monte Carlo, one that ended in the barriers at Tabac with a rear wheel torn off and rolling down the track.

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In Monaco, s/n 012 was handed over to Jean Alesi, the well-loved Frenchman who famously scored his lone F1 victory with Ferrari at the 1995 Canadian GP. The now 56-year-old Alesi needs no introduction to the tifosi and put on a show to make them proud.

After lining up second next to polesitter (and three-time Le Mans winner) Marco Werner, Alesi got a better start and led into the first corner. From that point on, we were treated to some top-class racing, watching cars nearly a half-century old in modern hi-def.

Both cars slid around, with Werner, who was 2 seconds faster in qualifying in his ex-Jackie Stewart Lotus, trying everything he could to get past

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After a heart-stoppingly close call with an ex-Tom Pryce Shadow, it became clear Werner was trying a bit too hard. Unseen by the cameras, he had already tapped Alesi a few times, which is certainly no way to treat such a fantastic piece of history, no matter how much you want to win the race. Then, as they came up to cross the start-finish line with two laps to go, Alesi was pitched into the pit wall.

Most onlookers assumed that Alesi had missed a gear and Werner had run into the back of him. But Stroth, who was standing with the pit board right next to the cars, thinks otherwise.

The damage to the ex-Merzario Ferrari was quite severe; all of the right side suspension would need to be replaced, as would both wings. Pragmatically, Stroth is happy that Alesi had the wherewithal to control the car, even mid-accident, to keep it against the wall and avoid being collected by the following car, which would have caused much more damage.

Focusing on the positive, Stroth says he

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