“Pat Hoare’s front-engined Ferrari Dino (pictured at right) was
the first racing car I ever saw in action. It was at a practice
session before the Ahuriri street race meeting in Napier, New
Zealand in 1961. I was enthralled. My lifelong interest in
motorsport began at that moment and the image of Hoare throwing
the big red V12-engined Ferrari around those tight corners of the
Napier around-the-houses circuit has remained with me to this
“Like many motorsport enthusiasts, in New Zealand and elsewhere, I was intrigued how the garage owner and car dealer from a small town in the South Island of New Zealand was able to acquire such a stunning Italian racing car. This Ferrari had been a Formula One works car only 12 months before, when very few other drivers were able to purchase Ferrari racing cars at that time.
“I diffidently approached Hoare outside his Napier hotel that evening, the big Ferrari parked on an open trailer behind a tow vehicle. The Christchurch driver was approachable and quite relaxed about talking to a newspaperman about his bright red racing car and how the racing had gone that day. He was happy to discuss anything about the car – except how he managed to purchase Ferrari ex-works racing cars when nobody else could.
“Fascinated by the car and how it had come into the hands of this New Zealand racing driver, I followed the story as a motoring writer for years, not realizing that almost 50 years after first seeing the Ferrari racing in Napier I would be in Maranello for the first of numerous visits researching the Pat Hoare/Enzo Ferrari story for this book.”
Photograph courtesy of Graham Stewart, Chief Photographer, The Daily Telegraph, Napier, 1961
David Manton is a former journalist, newspaper Features Editor
and Motoring Editor with features and articles published in
international magazines and daily newspapers over four decades. A
guest journalism lecturer at Rutgers University, he attended the
American Press Institute at Columbia University, New York City
and is a graduate of the RCA Institute Television and Film
Writing School, New York City. David has also been a Contributing
Writer and On-Air Narrator for a television series which included
“I Have a Dream”, the Voice of America film tribute to Dr Martin
Luther King Jr. This documentary feature was written and produced
within 24 hours of Dr. King’s assassination and screened in
hundreds of countries throughout the world.
David Manton has been an enthusiastic collector and admirer of classic cars since the mid-1970s.