1953 Ferrari 375M Spyder

(1954 Race Season Details)


July 11, 1954
SCCA National Event, March Air Force Base, Riverside, California

2nd overall -- This was the first race for the new driver Phil Hill after 0286AM was rebuilt for the upcoming Mexican Road Race. The engine was completely rebuilt to stock 375MM specifications, but auxiliary fuel bowls were added to the carburetors. The body was modified to its distinctive headrest and tailfin configuration. Rear body modifcations were also made to accept an additional spare tire, and aircraft airscoops were added to help cool the tires. The car was repainted white and blue. Phil Hill drove the car in the thirty five lap main event to a second place behind Bill Spear's 375MM


July 10, 1954
March Air Force Base

Mechanics at work preparing 0286AM for the race.


July 11, 1954
March Air Force Base

Before the start of the 112 mile main event.

July 11, 1954
March Air Force Base

The end of the main event: 2nd place.

November 19-23, 1954
V Carrera Panamericana "Mexico" Road Race

2nd Place -- 0286AM was driven by Phil Hill, and co-piloted by Richie Ginther to a second place overall averaging 105.5mph. They were able to win three of the eight legs of the race. They ran out of fuel on the seventh leg and only managed fourth place which put them out of contention for the overall lead. Only 85 of the 146 vehicles entered actually finished the grueling endurance race.

1909 miles Tuxtla to Juarez, Mexico
* 1st place Ferrari driven by Maglioli with a time interval of 17 hours, 40 minutes, and 26 seconds at an average speed of 107.9mph.
* 2nd place Ferrari with Hill and Ginther finished with a time interval of 18 hours, four minutes, and 50 seconds with an average speed of 105.5mph.

Time and speed intervals for Hill/Ginther in each leg:
Leg: Distance(km) Place Average speed

1 530 1st 96mph
2 407 2nd 85.2mph
3 121 1st 95.9mph
4 420 2nd 107.3mph
5 530 2nd 113.1mph
6 404 2nd 108.5mph
7 300 4th 112.1mph
8 358 1st 137.6mph


Route Map

Map of route of V Carrera Panamerican "Mexico" Road Race


November 19, 1954
V Carrera Panamerican "Mexico" Road Race

Outside of Velocidid, S.A., one of their sponsors (the little red racecar decals stuck all over 0286AM). Velocidad, S.A. was a Mexican speed shop (parts and accessories).


November 20, 1954
V Carrera Panamerican "Mexico" Road Race

Phil and Richie ready themselves for the start of the race.


V Carrera Panamerican "Mexico" Road Race

After Puebla, Phil checks over the 375MM.


November 20, 1954
V Carrera Panamerican "Mexico" Road Race

After Puebla, Phil makes repairs to 0286 AM for the race to Mexico City


November 21, 1954
V Carrera Panamerican "Mexico" Road Race

Phil Hill and Richie Ginther finish at Leon, the fourth leg.


November 21, 1954
V Carrera Panamerican "Mexico" Road Race

Phil and Richie wait at Durango to start the sixth leg.


November 22, 1954
V Carrera Panamerican "Mexico" Road Race

Richie Ginther hands the route book to an official.


November 22, 1954
V Carrera Panamerican "Mexico" Road Race

Kicking back after the sixth leg.


November 22, 1954
V Carrera Panamerican "Mexico" Road Race

Phil and Richie on to Parral at 110+ mph


November 22, 1954
V Carrera Panamerican "Mexico" Road Race

Outside of Chihuahua, during the seventh leg.


November 23, 1954
V Carrera Panamerican "Mexico" Road Race

The finish line at Juarez after averaging 137mph for the final leg, a speed record which has not been broken since.


November 19-23, 1954
V Carrera Panamericana "Mexico" Road Race



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