Nick Mason’s Ferrari at Cadwell Park

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THE sound of thunder boomed around Cadwell Park racetrack when Ferrari fan and Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason got into top gear. His Ferrari 512 – worth a cool £1.5-million – tore round the track at up to 150mph, powered by its 600bhp engine. It was a welcome return to Cadwell for motor sport racer Nick, who flew to Lincolnshire in his custom-painted Squirrel helicopter from London.

His treasured Ferrari was used in the Steve McQueen movie Le Mans in a crash scene, and also driven by legendary racing drivers Mario Andretti, Ronnie Peterson and Arturo Merzario. Its wreckage was lovingly restored thanks to Nick (65).

The car – which has 12 cylinders and is capable of 200mph – was driven around Cadwell by motoring journalist and racing driver Mark Hales to take part in a comparison test drive with a £2.4-million Porsche 917, owned by former racing driver David Piper.

Nick said: “I have raced with the Vintage Sports Car Club, which comes here regularly. I raced a Bugatti.

“It is a great circuit and it’s so nice to see the infrastructure looked after so well.

“The car is a fairly fierce bit of kit and was made for 1,000km races such as Le Mans.

“With a small wing at the back, it is particularly exciting to drive.”

Source – [ Grimsby Telegraph ]