Sergio Scaglietti: 1920 – 2011

George Keck's Main Event winning Ferrari 250 Testa Rosa at Westwood on Opening Day, July 26, 1959

Sergio Scaglietti, the man who designed and built the bodies of the iconic Ferrari 250 Testa Rosa and 250 GT – among many others – passed away on Sunday, November 20 at the age of 91. There is a strong linkage between the Testa Rosa and one of Canada’s own motorsports icons, the gone but not forgotten Westwood Racing Circuit. George Keck won the main event on Westwood’s opening day with his Testa Rosa.

Opening Day Main Event Grid Front Row: Tom Luce (Corvette), eventual winner George Keck (Ferrari Testa Rosa) and Jim Rattenbury (Jaguar D-Type)

Click here to read George Keck’s own story about this Testa Rosa and in particular (on the second page) about holding off Pete Lovely’s Lotus 15 in that first race at Westwood – “Caution was thrown to the wind in the heat of battle…”

One of the original Testa Rosas has apparently become the most expensive car ever sold at auction. A 1957 Testa Rosa prototype sold for US$16.39 million at Pebble Beach this year. (See story here.) It’s doubtful anybody at Westwood on July 26, 1959 would have predicted that! There are many interesting stories available on the internet about Sergio Scaglietti, his cars and his long relationship with Ferrari. Thanks to Club members Keith Robinson, Dale Warren and Tom Johnston for contributing information.

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