Pat Fry and James Allison may be at the top of the Ferrari technical tree today, but they aren't the first Brits to whom the Scuderia has turned for engineering expertise.
Even before John Barnard and his Surrey skunkworks in the late 1980s and Harvey Postlethwaite at the start of that decade, the Italians had swallowed their pride and looked north.
Forty years ago, they sought manufacturing rather than design capability, which is why the monocoques of Ferrari's 1973 Formula 1 challenger should have been stamped with 'Made in Britain'.
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Gary Watkins has, for reasons best known to himself, devoted all his working life to covering sportscar racing. This season is his 25th as a motorsport journalist, during which time he has reported on major long-distance events on four continents and approaching 60 24-hour races. He reckons a degree in political philosophy makes him well qualified for covering the sometimes Machiavellian world of international sportscars.
Gary, who also writes for RACER, Autoweek, Motor Sport, Autocourse and others, lives in Surbiton but spends more time on the road than at home for most of the year.