Most people with an interest in motor sport will be familiar with the acronym N.A.R.T., yet few people profess to know too much about the North American Racing Team.
Starting in the the second half of the 1950s, NART existed for three decades, during which it experienced successes on the tracks of America and Europe. It also suffered financial difficulties, and arguments with track organizers.
This book explains what NART was, how it was formed, and what it achieved over three decades of competition. It wasn't just sports cars that were entered into races, NART entered Formula One cars and Formula Junior cars as well.
Never as financially stable as his rival team owners, Chinetti did deals with Ferrari to purchase the latest specification sports cars at the end of a season, in order to attract the best drivers to drive for NART. It was also an opportunity to lease the cars on a race-by-race basis, an arrangement that appealed to some of Chinetti's clientele.
Whilst success on the track was significant, problems were never far away. Working on the cars with a limited number of staff, and not receiving spares from Ferrari on time, NART always appeared to be in a state of crisis.
No matter ... despite the difficulties, the formula worked well for Luigi Chinetti, and the acronym N.A.R.T. has rightly become legendary.
Born in Hertfordshire, Terry O'Neil has lived the majority of his life in the West Midlands. After working in sales and marketing for the Rootes Group and British Leyland, Terry has worked for himself, in Stourbridge, for the last 25 years. A committee member of the Ferrari Owners Club of Great Britain, and its archivist, Terry ventured into writing, with articles for Cavallino, Vintage Racecar Journal, Healey Marque and the Ferrari Club magazine. To date, Terry has five published books, and his enthusiasm for researching less well-known events culminated in books on the Bahamas Speed Weeks, SCCA/SAC races in America, and Northeast American sports car races in the 1950s.
"O'NEIL HAS WRITTEN several well-received works on American road-racing history and this latest effort is typically well-written ... there is plenty to commend" - Octane (UK)
"At last, a Ferrari book that looks at the legendary North American Racing Team and founder Luigi Chinetti's long association with Maranello ... The pictures vividly capture this glorious era." - Classic & Sports Car (UK)
"a story with a long build-up and a sad decline, with the irascible Chinetti at the heart of it. O'Neil portrays his awkward balancing act of businessman and passionate motor sport scion in a sympathetic light." - Classic Cars