Eric Clapton is quite possible the world’s most renowned guitarist. But did you know that he is also a huge Ferrari fanatic?
“I remember visiting Maranello, and seeing Enzo leaving the factory, in the back of a Fiat, as I was arriving. I don’t recall many things that have enthralled me as much as seeing Enzo Ferrari. [pause] I met Elvis and I don’t think I was as impressed. There was something about Enzo, he was a really frightening guy.”
Clapton, a musician, was more excited to see Enzo Ferrari as opposed to seeing Elvis Presley. Now, I am on the same boat as him, but I can guarantee that there are millions of people who would cry foul over this. This shows how much Ferrari has impacted his life.
So, naturally Clapton owns his own Ferraris, but he has taken it a step further with the SP12EC. It is a Ferrari built around a Ferrari 458 that received its inspiration from the 250 LM.
“You look at something like the LM, and you know it was jusfunctional. How do we get the skin to go over this thing? The design was almost incidental. Anyway, the guys knew what I’d owned and enjoyed over the years and they’d already worked up a template for a BB homage. With the 458 platform agreed, it was now a question of getting it right, and applying my requirements.”
Clapton says that the entire experience was easy and liberating. He said that Ferrari worked with him on all aspects, and that there was no friction, only collaboration and teamwork. He even goes as far as to say that he can’t take much credit for the car, because every time they showed him something, he would say ‘oh yeah, that’s exactly what I would have done…’
This is an incredible car and a testament to both Clapton and Ferraris ability to create something beautiful. On one hand you have a musician that has created some of the best music this world has ever seen, and on the other hand you have Ferrari that has created some of the greatest cars this world has ever seen.