Ferrari Hypercars

Winston Goodfellow, author of Ferrari Hypercars

Ferrari Hypercars is Winston Goodfellow’s take on the very special cars Ferrari built to be the fastest, most beautiful, and most expensive cars of their period. And while this book accomplishes the task of delineating those certain cars that qualify and more, it is what constitutes the “more” that you will find captivating.

There is something about the Goodfellow writing style that puts car people at ease. We have enjoyed his articles in various magazines about various subjects for years. He always seems to get me to the where we want to go in a style that says, “Let’s sit down and talk about this”. For some inexplicable reason, this is my first Goodfellow book and I am pleased that his article style has carried over.

Ferrari supercar

While the cars are unquestionably the focus of the book, the people who bring them to fruition are equally fascinating. For that reason, we feel the title, though accurate, is also limiting. The book is about so much more than these cars. Goodfellow has scored warm and insightful interviews with key people involved with each special vehicle. It is their relationships with Enzo Ferrari and each other that inform the reader of a previously unknown dimension of Ferrari automobiles. None of these special cars will ever appear the same to us again.

Enzo Ferrari

Ferrari himself, as described in countless articles and several books, was, unquestionably, a complex and difficult person. To such people are often attributed words and deeds, which though exaggerated and unlikely, for reasons not always kind, are immediately accepted as fact. This book allows the reader, through the words of Ferrari’s creative associates, an insight into how this man actually thought and felt about each aspect of their task and the latitude he gave them to express themselves in their work. For example, Ferrari is commonly thought to have had little interest in his road cars other than for the money they generated for his race team. Only partially true. We learn that Ferrari, the man, had a very high standard for all products bearing the Ferrari name when outlining the reasons why certain goals, be they fastest road car or most powerful engine, needed to be achieved. Knowing this might explain his legendary procrastination in adopting change. Perhaps it came more from a fear that failure of what was to him an unproven concept could diminish the brand more than from what has historically been passed off as his stubborn resistance to change. Goodfellow reminds us that the people with whom Ferrari partnered in the creation of these cars were, particularly in the case of the Pinin Farina design house, already quite successful before being associated with Ferrari. With time, their designs and their name became synonymous with Ferrari’s most beautiful creations.

Ferrari Hypercars Book

As expected in a book so titled, the cars are the stars and each hypercar is given its due. But equally important to the motorsports enthusiast is their context and, in the case of the early cars, the actual environment in which they were built. What was happening in Italy prior to, during, and after WWII, hugely influenced Ferrari’s fortunes. Interviews with key players, a wealth of never before seen images of the cars, the drivers, and the factory make this book a must read for any automotive enthusiast, no matter what your take of Ferrari the car, the man, or the racing team.

A separate website has been established to introduce this book and we urge you to visit it and purchase a signed copy at www.FerrariHypercars.com