After Stanford's ME200 students did their final round of judging -- a process that started in May during Spring term and finished this Sunday at Pebble Beach -- one car stood atop them all: The 1957 Ferrari Testa Rossa 0704 owned by Thomas Hartley, Jr., of Derbyshire, United Kingdom. The students presented the trophy on the stage during Sunday's 64th Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
The vehicle was among 12 Ferrari 'TRs' on the lawn on Sunday, but it was special in its own right. It is heralded as one of the best TRs of all, as it was miraculously left unrestored and has its original engine, gearbox and bodywork. Known as chassis number '0704,' the vehicle was the second prototype Ferrari completed and was often used as the development mule for engineering tests. It was driven by F1 champion Phil Hill among others, appearing in races such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 12 Hours of Sebring. For a long period of its history it was a permanent part of The Henry Ford museum in Dearborn, Michigan and is now owned by Mr. Hartley in the UK.
For the students, the choice was difficult but ultimately well achieved. We will be following up with a full 'how we did it' report in the coming weeks that details the decisions and discussions that ultimately led to the Ferrari winning our 2nd annual Revs Program at Stanford award at Pebble Beach. Until then, congratulations Mr. Hartley!
Photo credit: John Lamm