To the Editor:
A friend forwarded Richard Johnson's Oct. 19 column, "No airs for billionaire Ferrari son," to me.
I was with Piero Ferrari recently photographing my Ferrari 290 MM at the factory. After many years (nearly 50) in two owners' hands, Juan Manuel Fangio's steed of the 1956 Mille Miglia is to be auctioned in December by RM Sotheby's.
Piero has not changed at all. He is a wonderful, gentle man with so many fantastic stories. I asked him once, "How did you find your father?" He promptly replied: "Like a Rubik's Cube; you never knew which side you would find yourself looking at!"
Piero modestly reminded me that as of November, he has served 50 years as a Ferrari employee, having started in 1965 with the 166 Dino.
Piero is in his own right a legend, having done so much for the racing team for the great Niki Lauda championships of 1974/1975 and so much more keeping an eye on all activities over the years. He is rightly rewarded with the flotation.
Luca di Montezemolo, the former chairman, did so much for Ferrari, but his greatest failing was to leave Piero out of the limelight. Blood is thicker than water, and Piero's contribution to the prancing horse has been enormous. The Gentle Giant!
The writer is a collector of Ferrari cars and promotional material. He has owned the Ferrari 290 MM referred to in the letter for several years.