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1952 News and Magazine Reports
Press Release from Modena, Italy in March of 1952 at the Ferrari factory.
The Ferrari team assult on the Indianpolis 500 was a much anticipated event and the subject of much pre-race speculation. This photo shows Johnny Parsons in the cockpit of a Ferrari with his mechanic H.M. Jensen and the legendary Enzo Ferrari.
The June issue of Auto Sport Review privided an article on the Indy 500 and international drivers that had prior experience in motorcycle racing.
Photo shows Ab Jenkins, famous Great Slat Lake speed record holder and later Mayor of Salt Lake City Utah. Pierro Taruffi, European on a motorcycle at the speedway. He won the 1932 European Championship on a Norton followed by motorcycle land speed records (173 MPH) in 1937. Winner of the 1957 Mille Miglia and one Grand Prix (1952 Swiss).
Wilber Shaw recieves an Indian, probably a 500 CC Warrier. Unfortunately, the Indian Motorcycle Company went bankrupt in 1953 in competition with Harley-Davidson and rapidly improving British bikes.
Rex Mays, a revered racer of the 1930s and 1940’s also had his start in motorcycle racing.
The magazines catering to foreign cars, international racing, and the emerging road racing fans in America were predicting a Ferrari victory at Indianapolis.
Road and Track give the Ferrari story a one page summary of its modest results from its foray into oval track racing.
The article predicts that Ferreri learned its lessons well and will content in 1953.
Peter De Paolo, winner of the 1925 INdianapolis 500 authors an insightful review of the race for the August issue.
Road and Track contues to provide its readers with the saga of Ferrari at Indianapolis with additional insights in the September issue.
Motorsport contributor Fred Horsley provides a Ferrari “post mortum” review with superb photography.
Auto Sport provides a photo extravaganza for the 1952 Indianapolis 500.