1960 12 Hours of Sebring

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The Tenth Annual Sebring International Grand Prix of Endurance for the Amoco Trophy took place on 26 March 1960, on the Sebring International Raceway, (Florida, United States). It was the second round of the F.I.A. World Sports Car Championship. This was also the second round of the F.I.A. GT Cup.



A massive total of 89 racing cars were registered for this event, of which 72 arrived for practice. Only these, 65 qualified for, and started the race. There was controversy surrounding the entry. The event promoter, Alec Ulmann had signed a deal with Amoco whereby they would be the fuel suppliers for the race. This prohibited any entrant from using any other brand of fuel.[1][2]

This resulted in the works Ferrari and Porsche teams boycotting the event, as they had their own exclusive fuel arrangements with Shell Oil and British Petroleum (BP) respectively.[1][3] However, these teams would still be represented in Florida. For Ferrari, their sent cars to Luigi Chinetti, who entered the cars under the North American Racing Team (NART) banner and thereby as a private entry and not bound by any agreement between Scuderia Ferrari and Shell.[4] As for Porsche, they ‘leased’ two of their new RS 60 Spyders to the works driver, Jo Bonnier. Together with a number of Porsche drivers and mechanics who just happened to be holidaying in Florida at that time, volunteered they services to Bonnier for the event.[5]

There was also controversy when the F.I.A. made last minute rules changes concerning the luggage compartments and windscreens on the Grand Touring (GT) cars. The FIA ruled that these cars should be racing closer the factory specifications than some actually where. This caused some problems for the smaller cars like the Oscas.[6]


As was the normal for Sebring and because they was no qualifying sessions to set the grid, the starting positions were decided according to engine size with the 5.0 litre Chevrolet Corvette C1 of Briggs Cunningham and John Fitch being given first place.[7]


Most of the 50,000 spectators expected Stirling Moss to win the race in his ”Birdcage” Maserati Tipo 61, provided the car lasted the distance.[8] Of the 65 cars that qualified, many looked strange due to the hasty modifications placed on them with the new F.I.A. regulations.[9]

Moss had a bad start due to his Maserati having problems starting and pulled away in 23rd place, but by the second lap, the Englishman was up the second behind the early leader, the Ferrari of Pete Lovely.[10] He would pass Lovely on the next lap.[11]

On lap five, a tragic accident occurred at the hairpin. The Lotus Elite being driven by Jim Hughes suffered a brake failure and headed for the escape road, only to found a photographer standing here, complete with tripod. Hughes tried to avoid him, but rolled his little Lotus, striking the photographer and killing them both.[12]

At the end of the first hour, Moss, partnered by Dan Gurney were leading from another Birdcage T61 of Walt Hansgen and Ed Crawford. The first of the NART Ferraris was in third, driven by Richie Ginther and Chuck Daigh.[13] By the start of the ‘lunch’ hour, the Ferrari had moved into second.[14]

On lap 84, the Porsche of Graham Hill parked up with a rod through the engine block,[15] while around the same time, the Ginther/Daigh Ferrari pitted with steam pouring from under the bonnet. Shortly after, the T61 of Crawford ran wide at the hairpin and got struck in the sandbank. Crawford proceeded to dig his car free using his hands, taking almost two hours to do so.[16] Despite their problems, the Ginther/Daigh Ferarri was still in second at the halfway point, albeit lapping 3 mph slower than Moss/Gurney. Now in third was the little Porsche of Hans Herrmann and Olivier Gendebien.[17]

After completing 123 laps, the Ginther/Daigh Ferrari was withdrawn as it was leaking water and oil.[18] Just 13 laps later, and the leaders were also out, retiring with transmission failure.[19] With 3½ hours to run, the Herrmann/Gendebien Porsche found itself firmly in the lead with another Porsche in second, being piloted by Bob Holbert and Roy Schechter.[20]

After 12 hours of racing, the Bonnier entered Porsche of Herrmann and Gendebien, won ahead of the similar Brumos Porsche of Holbert and Schechter. Car number 42, took an impressive victory, completing 196 laps, covering 1,019.2 miles after 12 hours of racing, averaging a speed of 84.927 mph. Second place went to the second Porsche, albeit nine lap adrift. The podium was complete by the Ferrari of Lovely and Jack Nethercutt who were a further lap behind.[21][22]

Official Classification[edit]

Class Winners are in Bold text.

Pos No Class Driver Entrant Chassis Laps Reason Out
1st 42 S1.6 West Germany Hans Herrmann Belgium Olivier Gendebien Joakim Bonnier Porsche 718 RS60 12hr 00:03.030, 196
2nd 44 S1.6 United States Bob Holbert United States Roy Schechter Brumos Porsche Car Corp. Porsche 718 RS60 187
3rd 8 S3.0 United States Pete Lovely United States Jack Nethercutt Jack Nethercutt Ferrari 250 TR 59/60 186
4th 10 S3.0 United States Ed Hugus United States Augie Pabst North American Racing Team Ferrari 250 GT SWB 185
5th 17 S3.0 United States George Reed United States Alan Connell, Jnr. RRR Motors Ferrari 250 GT California 185
6th 12 S3.0 United States Bill Sturgis Brazil Fritz D’Orey William Sturgis Ferrari 250 GT SWB 183
7th 11 S3.0 United States George Arents United States William Kimberly North American Racing Team Ferrari 250 GT SWB 183
8th 16 GT3.0 Italy Carlo Maria Abate
Italy Fabrizio Serena
Italy Giorgio Scarlatti Scuderia Serenissima Ferrari 250 GT California LWB 179
9th 72 GT1.6 United States Dick Dungan United States Joe Sheppard Camoradi USA Porsche 356A Carrera 177
10th 14 S3.0 United States Robert Publicker
United States Dean McCarthy
United States George Constantine Robert Publicker Ferrari 250 GT California LWB 174
11th 80 GT1.6 Netherlands Jan Bootz Netherlands Carel Godin de Beaufort Count Karel de Beaufort Porsche 356A Carrera 172
12th 63 S850 United States John Bentley United States John Gordon Automobili Osca USA Osca S750 170
DNF 24 S3.0 United States Luke Stear United States Dave Causey Dave Casuey Maserati Tipo 61 169 Gearbox
13th 47 S1.6 United States George Koehne United States Rees Makins Automobili Osca USA Osca MT4 1500 169
14th 31 GT2.0 United States Max Goldman United States Ralph Burbin S.H. Arnolt Inc. Arnolt Bolide 169
15th 20 GT3.0 United States Gilbert Geitner United States Lew Spencer British Motor Corp. Austin-Healey 3000 167
16th 6 GT5.0 United States Bill Fritts United States Chuck Hall RRR Motors Chevrolet Corvette C1 167
17th 58 S1.15 Switzerland Charles Vögele United Kingdom Peter Ashdown Charles Vögele Lola-Climax Mk.1 167
18th 54 GT1.3 Mexico Fred van Beuren
Mexico Adolfo Velásquez
Mexico Javier Velásquez Frederico van Beuren Alfa Romeo Giuletta Veloce 166
19th 50 GT1.3 United States Tom O’Brien United States Don Horn Louis Comito Alfa Romeo Giuletta Veloce 166
20th 36 GT2.0 United States Bud Hulsey United States Harry Washburn A.C. Cars Ltd. AC Ace 166
21st 34 GT2.0 United States Mike Rothschild United States Bob Grossman A.C. Cars Ltd. AC Ace 166
22nd 33 GT2.0 United States James Johnston
United States William Bradley
United States Bud Seaverns S. H. Arnolt Inc Arnolt Boldie 165
23rd 65 S850 United States David Cunnigham United States John Fulp Luigi Chinetti Motors Osca S750 152
24th 39 GT1.6 Canada Fred Hayes Canada Ed Leavens British Motor Corp. MG A Twin Cam 160
25th 55 GT1.3 United States Charles Evans
United States Jay Chamberlain
United States Sam Weiss Lotus Cars USA Lotus Elite 158
26th 3 GT5.0 United States Fred Gamble
United States Bill Wuestfhoff
United States Jim Jeffords Camoradi USA Chevrolet Corvette C1 157
27th 48 GT1.3 United States William Milliken United States Cameron Argetsinger Cameron Argetsinger Alfa Romeo Giuletta Veloce 156
28th 77 GT2.0 United States Tony O'Sullivan
United States Jef Stevens
United Kingdom Peter Procter Tony O'Sullivan AC Ace 151
DNF 25 S3.0 United States Walt Hansgen United States Ed Crawford Jaguar Distributors of New York Maserati Tipo 61 149 Differential
29th 40 GT1.6 United States Jack Flaherty United States Jim Parkinson British Motor Corp. MG A Twin Cam 148
30th 51 GT1.3 United States Louis Comito
United States Bob Richardson
United States Ross Durant, Jr. Ross Durant, Jr. Alfa Romeo Giuletta Veloce 143
31st 52 GT1.3 United States Chuck Kessinger
United States Ken Gardner
United States Stephen A. McClellan, Jr. Dr. Ray Martinez Alfa Romeo Giuletta Veloce 143
32nd 4 GT5.0 United States Jim Jeffords United States Fred Gamble Camoradi USA Chevrolet Corvette C1 143
33rd 18 GT3.0 United Kingdom Peter Riley United Kingdom Jack Sears British Motor Corp. Austin-Healey 3000 141
34th 26 S3.0 United States Duncan Black United States Charlemagne Tower Charlemagne Tower Daimler SP250 137
DNF 23 S3.0 United Kingdom Stirling Moss United States Dan Gurney Camoradi USA Maserati Tipo 61 136 Transmission failure
NC 5 GT5.0 United States Delmo Johnson United States Dave Morgan Johnson Chevrolet Co. Chevrolet Corvette C1 134
DNF 46 S1.6 Argentina Pedro von Döry
Argentina Anton von Döry
Argentina Roberto Miéres Anton von Döry Porsche 718 RSK 133 Broken cam follower
NC 37 S1.6 United States John Masterson
United States Norman Babcock
United States Dean Patterson Elva Distributors USA Elva-Climax Courier 131
NC 60 S1.15 United States Ed Costley United States Pete Harrison Edgar M. Costley Elva-Climax Mk IV 131
DNF 28 S2.0 Mexico Ricardo Rodríguez Mexico Pedro Rodríguez North American Racing Team Ferrari Dino 196 S 126 Clutch failure
DNF 7 S3.0 United States Chuck Daigh United States Richie Ginther North American Racing Team Ferrari 250 TR 59/60 123 Water & oil leak
NC 66 S850 United States Ray Cuomo United States Paul Richards Roosevelt Automobiles Fiat-Abarth 750S 115
NC 32 GT2.0 United States Tom Payne United States Robert Gary S. H. Arnolt Inc Arnolt Boldie 99
NC 68 S1.6 United States Charles Wallace
United States Charlie Kolb
United States William Horton Elva Distributors USA Elva-Climax Courier 92
DNF 43 S1.6 United Kingdom Graham Hill Sweden Jo Bonnier Joakim Bonnier Porsche 718 RS 60 87 Engine
DNF 53 GT1.3 United States Ralph Troiano
United States George Waltman
United States Art Swanson Racing Associates of New England Alfa Romeo Giuletta Veloce 70 Axle
NC 61 S1.0 United Kingdom John Sprinzel United States John Lumkin Donald Healey, Ltd. Austin-Healey Sebring Sprite 62
DNF 35 GT2.0 United States Bob Mazzi
United States Frank Schroeder
United States Fred Moore A. C. Car Ltd AC Ace 61 Left rear wheel
DNF 30 GT2.0 United States Ike Williamson United States James Forno Morgan Motors Ltd. Morgan Plus 4 60 Broken front hub
DNF 57 GT1.3 United States Frank Bott United States Phil Forno Lotus Cars USA Lotus Elite 57 Accident
DNF 19 GT3.0 United States John Colgate United States Fred Spross British Motor Corp. Austin-Healey 300 54 Accident
DNF 2 GT5.0 United States Dick Thompson United States Fred Windridge Jaguar Distributors of New York Chevrolet Corvette C1 41 Engine
DNF 64 S850 United States Denise McCluggage United States Pinkie Windridge Camoradi USA Osca S187 34 Oil loss => bearing jammed
DNF 41 GT1.6 United States John Cuevas Sweden Ulf Norinder Quiver Enterprises Porsche 356A Carrera GT GS Speedster 33 Broken crankshaft
DNF 15 GT3.0 Italy Gianni Balzarini Italy Carlo Maria Abate Scuderia Serenissima Ferrari 250 GT 28
DNF 1 GT5.0 United States Briggs Cunningham United States John Fitch Jaguar Distributors of New York Chevrolet Corvette C1 27 Rear hub => accident
DNF 67 S850 United States Victor Lukens United States Fred Haynes Racemasters Bandini-Fiat GT 27 Radiator damaged
DNF 27 S2.0 United States Hap Sharp United States Jim Hall Hap Sharp Cooper-Maserati Monaco T49 26 Broken piston
DNF 49 GT1.3 United States Charlie Rainville United States Jake Kaplan Jake Kaplan Alfa Romeo Giuletta Veloce 16 Broken connection rod
DNF 56 GT1.3 United States Jim Hughes United States Sam Weiss Lotus Cars USA Lotus Elite 5 Fatal accident
DNF 38 GT1.6 United Kingdom Colin Escott United Kingdom Ted Lund British Motor Corp. MG A Twin Cam 3 Broken valve
DNF 22 S3.0 United States Carroll Shelby United States Masten Gregory Camoradi USA Maserati Tipo 61 3 Engine
DNF 46 S1.6 United States Ernie Erickson United States Don Sesslar Carl Erickson Co. Porsche 718 RSK 1 Timing gear jammed
DNS 21 S3.0 United Kingdom Stirling Moss United States Dan Gurney Camoradi USA Maserati Tipo 61 Engine
DNQ 73 S1.15 United States Bob Grimes United States Paul Hill Elva Distributors USA Elva-Climax Mk. IV Reserve
DNQ 75 S850 United States Otto Linton United States Francis Ginther John Miles Osca S750 Reserve
DNQ 79 GT3.0 United States Mel Siegel United States Harry Fry London Motors Inc. Austin-Healey 3000 Reserve
DNS 81 GT3.0 United States Laurence Gandolfi
United States Paul O’Shea
United States Nim York Lewis Engineering Co. Mercedes-Benz 300 SL No spare brakes
DNS T2 GT3.0 United Kingdom Peter RIley
United States John Colgate
United Kingdom Jack Sears
United States Fred Spross
British Motor Corp. Austin-Healey 3000 practised only
DNS T GT1.6 British Motor Corp. MG A Twin Cam practised only


Class Winners[edit]

Class Winners
Sports 3000 – Class 12S 8 Ferrari 250 TR 59/60 Lovely / Nethercutt
Sports 2500 – Class 11S No starters
Sports 2000 – Class 10S No classified finishers
Sports 1600 – Class 9S 42 Porsche 718 RS 60 Herrmann / Gendebien
Sports 1150 – Class 7S 58 Lola-Climax Mk.1 Vögele / Ashdown
Sports 1100 – Class 6S No classified finishers
Sports 850 – Class 5S 63 Osca S750 Bentley / Gordon
Grand Touring 5000 – Class 14G 6 Chevrolet Corvette C1 Fritts / Hall
Grand Touring 3000 – Class 12G 16 Ferrari 250 GT California Abate / Scarlatti / Serena
Grand Touring 2000 – Class 10G 31 Arnolt Bolide Goldman / Durbin
Grand Touring 1600 – Class 9G 72 Porsche 356A Carrera Dungan / Sheppard
Grand Touring 1300 – Class 8G 54 Alfa Romeo Giuletta Spider Veloce van Beuren / Velásquez / Velásquez


Standings after the race[edit]

FIA World Sportscar Championship[edit]

Pos Championship Points
1= Italy Ferrari 12
1= West Germany Porsche 12
3 Italy Maserati 3
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included in this set of standings.

Championship points were awarded for the first six places in each race in the order of 8-6-4-3-2-1. Manufacturers were only awarded points for their highest finishing car with no points awarded for positions filled by additional cars. Only the best 3 results out of the 5 races could be retained by each manufacturer. Points earned but not counted towards the championship totals are listed within brackets in the above table.


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Further reading[edit]

  • Alec Ulmann. The Sebring Story. Chilton Book Company. ASIN B0006CUAP2.

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