If you haven’t heard of Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus yet, it was probably just a matter of time before you would have. Their presence on social media continues to surge, and they’ve been on the automotive press’ speed-dial for a number of years now. More than likely, this is just a prelude to more great things to come from the boutique automotive manufacturer as their notoriety increases.
Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus: Who They Are & What They Do
The company’s website describes, with great efficiency and purpose, what they are all about—something most boutique automakers (and even some of the establishment) often fail to accomplish. In plain sight on their homepage is the following message:
SOME COMPANIES BUILD CARS.
WE BUILD DREAMS.
We find the toughest races in the world—
The 24 Hours of Nürburgring, The Baja 1000—
24 Hours of Le Mans 2021—
and design vehicles to compete in those challenges.
Then we make road-legal versions.
It’s a pretty simple mission statement. Just a few short sentences make it clear what exactly it is they offer for their customers and the automotive world as a whole. Getting the desired outcomes however; that requires intricate attention to detail and deliberate expertise to fulfill. That, and a pure and unadulterated obsession with auto racing—and SCG have all of those qualities in spades.
Privateer Racing in the Modern Era: Jim Glickenhaus & the History of SCG
Like most of us who dream of one day forming a racing team to call our own, Jim Glickenhaus was making a living in a field entirely unrelated to motorsport before his dream came to fruition. Perhaps being a film director, producer and writer is a better segue into the world of supercar building than most other professions, as both fields require a number of the same skills.
For one, Glickenhaus has never been shy about his approach to anything he does, with cult films such as The Exterminator being as well received as they are controversial. Having this level of cojones is a bare-minimum requirement—regardless of how financially-padded you are—to individually bankroll any venture that includes not only producing cars, but racing them too.
Needless to say, Glickenhaus’ personality and natural inclinations have worked in the company’s favour. More importantly, though, the now 71-year-old Glickenhaus has had an unquestionable love for sports cars and motor racing for as long as he can remember, and this is the required ingredient that has wholly defined SCG.
The Birth of Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus
With the automotive world having become intimately familiar with the Glickenhaus name during the early 2000s, famed coachbuilder Andrea Pininfarina approached Jim Glickhenhaus in 2005 with a question that was philosophical in nature—and ultimately, one that would have practical outcomes as well.
“If you could build any car, what would it be?”
It was this very inquiry that would kick-start their collaboration in creating the Ferrari P 4/5, which quickly transformed Glickenhaus’ reputation from avid car collector to legitimate race car producer. The car is as special as you would expect, built upon the body of a Ferrari Enzo that incorporates Glickenhaus’ personal tastes and inspiration from his personal collection of cars.
Glickenhaus would then commission a second generation version of the P ⅘ (called the 002) shortly after, which was designed specifically to race in the 24 Hours of Nürburgring in 2011 and 2012. After participating in and finishing both events, Ferrari’s legal team demanded royalties going forward if Glickenhaus was to continue racing using the Italian marque’s likeness.
As unfazed as he was reluctant, Glickenhaus had other ideas. In a now infamously recalled moment, he opted to solve this dilemma by removing the Ferrari badges on the 002 with a screwdriver. In their place went a hand-drawn picture of the Statue of Liberty’s torch with the initials “S.C.G” written across the bottom.
By: Terence W
Title: Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus: Building Vehicles That Tackle the World’s Toughest Races
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/scuderia-cameron-glickenhaus-vehicles-tackle-the-worlds-toughest-races/
Published Date: Mon, 08 Nov 2021 10:33:25 +0000
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