Columnists, Doug Nye
FEB 15th 2018

Doug Nye: 'The Colonel' – The best ever privately run Ferraris?

The name of Colonel Ronnie Hoare is one of the most prominent within the history of the Goodwood Motor Circuit. Through a fairly brief career of seven seasons of competition his Maranello Concessionaires team proved itself to be one of the most effective of all private Ferrari racing organisations. Indeed, from 1961 to 1967 ‘The Colonel’s Ferraris’ in their gorgeous Italian racing red and Cambridge blue livery represented the best that any private owner could ever achieve. And of course his Ferraris won not just one Goodwood Tourist Trophy classic, but two – both with Graham Hill driving – in 1963 and 1964. But how did Maranello Concessionaires begin – and how did The Colonel become such a significant figure within British motor racing history? Back in 1980, he told me the story…