Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus: The Full History
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The Man: Jim Glickenhaus
An Introduction to Automotive
"I had heard of Ferrari, and I knew that Mr Chinetti had a dealership that was about 20 miles from my home. So I cycled over one day and looked in through the glass; eventually he let me come in and then, over time, he let me sit in the cars and touch the steering wheel. Over the years, we developed a friendship, and when he began working on race cars at his facility in Greenwich he would often send me out on my bicycle to get parts." - Jim Glickenhaus
Having had an engineering spirit since a young age, Jim was immensely fascinated by the mechanical intricacies of everyday objects. While on his bike one day, he encountered perhaps one of the most fascinating machines of his time: The Ferrari. Captivated, he would return daily to the home of these machines, a dealership owned by a man named Mr. Chinetti. They would go on to form a friendship, ultimately leaving Jim with a powerful notion - that no matter how exquisite a Ferrari may be, It can always be improved upon.
An Impressive Collection
"I began collecting cars. Every time I made a film [and] I made some money, I put half into Wall Street and half into cars."
Having had a successful career in both the film and finance industries, Jim slowly began to collect the very machines that once fascinated him as a boy. Much of the collection is intoxicatingly historical - from his 1970 Ferrari Modulo, a show car commissioned by Pininfarina, to his 1967 Ford MKIV J6, the last American car to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Despite this, “aside from being hysterically expensive and significant gems of the automotive world, there’s one thing that all these incredible cars have in common: every single one of them has a registration plate and is driven on the road. And driven hard.”
An Emphasis on Family
I was building race cars for myself, and Jesse came to me, my son, and said, "You know dad, we could be a company and we could sell to customers." - Jim Glickenhaus
While the visionary behind the brand is Jim Glickenhaus, his family have influenced the brand to be as prestigious as it is today. The company name, Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus, is a blend of his wife Meg's last name as well as his own. His children have had immense influence as well, from collaborating on the initial design of the P4/5 in the earlier years to Jesse's strive and commitment to making the vehicles accessible to consumers in the later years.
The 000: 1966 LOLA T-70 SL 71-32
"I basically modified it from a pure Can-Am car, which I did drive temporarily on the street, to what I consider the first SCG. It has air conditioning, windows that work. This is really SCG 001." - Jim Glickenhaus
The 1966 LOLA T-70 was Jim's first opportunity to realize his dream of converting a track specification race car into a fully functioning road car, a dream which was instilled by Mr. Chinetti in his childhood and an ethos that defines the Glickenhaus brand to this day.
The 001: The Ferrari P4/5
The 002: The Ferrari P4/5 Competizione
The 002: The Ferrari P4/5 Competizione
"Eventually, I was approached by Pininfarina and was asked if I wanted to commission a one-off car... and what I told Andrea [Pininfarina] was, I wanted to use my collection as an inspiration and I wanted to take the most recent Ferrari supercar at the time, which was the Enzo, and I wanted to re-imagine it as an homage to the great Ferrari sports racing cars and that car eventually became the Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina." - Jim Glickenhaus
The Inception of an Idea
Jim was approached by Pininfarina in 2004 to commission a one-off automobile, an offer that would later lead to the formation of the Glickenhaus automotive brand. Based on the body of the Ferrari Enzo, Jim asked Pininfarina to build a car that incorporates his collection as well as his philosophy towards cars. The result was the Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina - a car designed after the sleek Ferrari race cars of his collection, capable both on and off the track. Jim would later go on to commission a second generation of this car, the P4/5 Competizione which would be known as the 002.
The 002 would go on to race the 24 Hours of Nurburgring in 2011 and 2012, finishing both years. Initially racing with Ferrari badges, Jim received a call from Ferrari's legal team demanding royalties. Discontent with this, he would famously remove the badges with a screwdriver, replacing them with a hand drawn Statue of Liberty torch with 'SCG' written across the bottom.
"So I took a screwdriver and I pried off the Ferrari badge. I hand-drew the Statue of Liberty torch and wrote ‘SCG’ and I stuck it on. Millions of people watched the video of this on YouTube. And that was basically the start of SCG.”
The 003: The Legend
The first Glickenhaus car to be designed, engineered, and built from the ground up, the 003 remains legendary in the world of endurance motorsport. Engineered in collaboration with Podium Advanced Technologies, the car raced and finished the 24 Hours of Nurburgring from 2015 to 2019. Building on the philosophy of creating cars that can be driven to the track, win the race, and then drive home, the 003 incorporates a further emphasis on creating cars that are easily mechanically accessible as well. Only 25 models were made, the last of which is being offered for sale by HK Motorcars.
“I want to go back to the day when a human being can work on their car.” Though SCG 003s might look like spaceships, “they’re modular race cars. The parts unbolt with Craftsman tools.”
The Collection: An Influence of Design and Engineering
While the collection is inspiring to many for its historical significance and enviable to more for its value, it's undoubtedly an invaluable archive of motorsport legacy. For Glickenhaus Team, it exists as an invaluable resource of engineering innovation as well as an iconic repository of design influence.
Watch Jim Glickenhaus personally explain how the collection influences the production of new vehicles such as the SCG 004.
Glickenhaus In The Present
Future: An Exploration in Hydrogen
We find the toughest races in the world—The 24 Hours of Nürburgring, The Baja 1000—and design vehicles to compete in those challenges.
- Eight seasons of endurance racing at the Nürburgring, one at COTA and Two Baja 1000's
- Nine 24 Hour finishes, and Two Baja 1000 finishes
- Five First in Class and one Second in Class at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring, and one Third in Class at the 24 Hours of COTA
- Baja 1000 Winner, Class 2
- FIA World Championship Cup in Alternative Energies First Overall
- 2020 24 Hours of Nurburgring, First in Class, 14th Overall
Brief Historial Timeline:
- August 2006: unveiled at Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance
- Sept 2009: Glickenhaus unveils p4/5 Competizione
- 2011-2012: Raced in the 24 Hours of Nurburgring
- 2011 24 NBR: Finishes 1st in class, 39th Overall
- 2012 24 NBR: Finishes 1st in class, 12th Overall
- 2013: Announced as P33 to be designed by Pininfarina's Paolo Garella
- December 2014: Teased to Public
- February 2015: Official 2015 Geneva Auto Show Unveil
- Races in the 2016 International GT Open at Monza
- Races in the 2016 Mugello 12H, Finishes 2nd Overall
- 2016: Inaugural Glickenhaus Trophy Debuts at 24HR of Nurburgring
- 2015-2019: Raced in the 24 Hours of Nurburgring
- 2015 24 NBR: Finishes in 35th Place, Claiming 2nd Overall at VLN 10
- 2016 24 NBR: Finishes 26th Overall
- 2017 24 NBR: Finishes 1st in class, 20th Overall, Secures Pole Position
- 2018 24 NBR: Finishes 1st in class, 4th Overall
- 2019 24 NBR: Finishes 1st in class, 9th Overall
- 2019-2020: Races in the Baja 1000
- 2019 Baja 1000: Finishes 1st in class, beats Ford Bronco R by about 280 Miles
- 2020 Baja 1000: Finishes 1st in class, beats Ford Bronco R by about 180 Miles
- November 2017: Concept Unveiled to Public
- February 2020: Spotted on track testing
- SCG 004C Races in the 2020 24 Hours of Nurburgring with 004S Parade Laps
- To Race the 2021 24 Hours of Le Mans