Art Appreciation: Ferrari 500 Formula 2

Ferrari 500 F2

It’s not just because it’s beautiful. Which it is. It’s not just because of it’s relationship with Ascari. Which it has. For me, part of its allure is because of what it represents as a nod to a time when racing teams wouldn’t let themselves be pushed around.

When the Formula 1 rulebook got too restrictive, constructors embraced Formula 2 as a means to really showcase their engineering prowess. Every few years, this notion pops up again: that Formula 1 is holding constructors back and so begins the threatening and posturing that the series will be abandoned and that constructors will start their own series. Every single time, part of me hopes that they will. This Ferrari 500 proves that racing teams can do just that… and do it brilliantly.


Ferrari 500 F2

Ferrari 500 F2

8 responses to “Art Appreciation: Ferrari 500 Formula 2”

  1. Pilote says:

    A 2-liter, 4-cylinder, unblown Ferrari is a thumb in the eye of the FIA? Break out the champagne for HWM, Bristol and Connaught!

  2. Robert E. Richer says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!

  3. Mike Jacobsen says:

    This is a car that inspired my youth, although it appears that the body is a re-creation and the nose is not quite right.

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