Enzo and the Mini
Posted 21 February 2003 - 21:28
Can anyone elaborate a little bit in Enzo Ferrari's preference for the Mini? - It seems fascinating to me that that man under which name some of the most powerful cars were built at the time preferred to drive around in a such a different car...
Posted 21 February 2003 - 22:10
Posted 21 February 2003 - 23:48
Posted 22 February 2003 - 03:26
Was it Classic cars that recently got Jaques Villenueve into a Mini? A car in which he subsequently had a ball and loved it. Ill try to dig the article out later.
I really must fix mine ( bloody home renovations keeping me from the fun things in life ) and go for a "make me smile" blast :
Posted 22 February 2003 - 08:50
Posted 22 February 2003 - 10:10
He apparently loved Minis, once I read that he had as much as five (C&SC, 95-96, one with red Cooper on the cover - I borrowed it to a Mini fan and he "lost" it. There was a pic of Enzo with Mini, too...) John Surtees mentions Ferrari's passion for his Cooper, being quotet in Richard Williams' book on Enzo.
And here is a nice quote from the same book: "And about eleven o'clock he would summon Dino (his chauffeur) to drive him to Maranello. The car would seldom be a Ferrari. Usually it would be something relatively humble - it had been a little Lancia Ardea in the early days, or a Fiat 1100, for a while even a Mini-Cooper. There had once been a Renault that amused him because it gave the driver messages: please close the door, please fasten your belt, your oil is running out. He wanted to buy it, but Renault, naturally, wanted to give it to him as a present, for the prestige - Mr Ferrari drives a Renault! He said, no, I want to buy it. I don't want it as a present. But if you give me 50 per cent off, I'll buy it."
Which type of Renault it could be? 25?
Posted 23 February 2003 - 20:07