The name “Scirocco” appeared in the racing world ahead of the 1962 season, when wealthy young American Hugh Powell bought a controlling stake in the British Formula 1 constructor Emeryson Cars. His objective apparently was to secure a F1 ride for his guardian Tony Settember, who had previously campaigned sports cars in North America. With the help of Hugh Aiden-Jones and John Tojeiro, the new-for-1963 Formula 1 car, powered by BRM V8 engine was designed by Settember, who was also a trained engineer. Two cars were built, the first one specifically for Settember while the second, with a slimmer frame, was readied for Ian Burgess. Settember competed in five rounds of the 1963 Championship, finishing eighth at his debut with the car in the Belgian Grand Prix. Disillusioned by the lack of success and running low on money, Powell and Settember returned to the United States before the end of the year. Burgess’ car was prepared by Tim Parnell for Andre Pilette to race in the 1964 World Championship under the Equipe Scirocco Belge banner. Powered by a Coventry Climax V8 and re-painted yellow, the car again failed to impress. The best result of Pilette’s Scirocco was 6th place in non-championship BRDC International Trophy at Goodwood, while in two WDC starts he retired in Belgium and did not qualify in Germany.
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