More accurately, the title should read should read “From Gaugemaster” as these models were a special edition set of Ferrari 250GTOs commissioned by ourselves. Each car is limited to just 150 numbered units so they are instantly collectable.
When I visited the Fly Factory in late February (just before Covid changed everything), Rafael Barrios told me that he was to bring back this wonderful model after a gap of many years. On the plane home I started to think about models of this classic Ferrari that they had not done before, and my mind started thinking about the Goodwood TT races held up to 1966. The TT was a GT sports car race that attracted the likes of Aston Martin, Jaguar and of course Ferrari. Fly, in the past, have released Graham Hill’s 1963 winning TT car, but nothing from the 1962 race.
At the 1962 TT, five 250GTOs were entered, including the semi-works entry for John Surtees. This was the only car painted red with a prancing horse on its flanks; the other four were privately entered cars by British teams. Surtees was favourite to win but he had a collision with the Zatago-bodied Aston Martin DB4 driven by Jim Clark which left the privateer Ferrari’s to fight for the podium places. In the end, the race was won by Innes Ireland in the Light Green British UDT entry, followed by the white car entered by John Coombes for Graham Hill - another British team - and in third place we had Mike Parkes driving the very dark blue (almost black) car of Tommy Sopwith’s Endeavour team, a company which I had the pleasure to work for during the 70s and 80s. And yes, they were British too!
The models feature a very high level of detail which includes etched metal components, and if you look inside you will even see the gear shift gate as fitted to the real car. The real cars featured were all RHD versions, and Fly have produced them in this format for the first time especially for us. While these are produced as slot cars, most we are sure will become display pieces and treasured by Ferrari collectors the world over.
Ready for the start of the 1962 Goodwood TT – From left to right FLYE2013, E2012 and E2011.