Through 1972 in fact, Schetty’s team was certainly more successful than the Gulf-Fords or Porsches had ever been. Perhaps their rivals were not quite as formidable, but the preparation and direction of the cars gave a formidable driver squad just the tools to do the job.
Schetty himself was a Swiss, born in Basle in 1942, and he held a doctorate in economics and social sciences. He was a lifelong motorcar enthusiast. He had raced an old Volvo before trading it for a Lotus Elan, then went muscle car and traded it for a Shelby Mustang GT350 in which he tackled the 1966 European Hill-Climb series. He won his class repeatedly and finished second in the GT Championship. Abarth gave him a test drive and signed him on for 1967-68. He won in the new Abarth 3-litre V8 at Aspern, Austria, and won the Nurburgring 500Km and races at Aspern and Innsbruck in 1968.