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  1. Jack-the-lad

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    Doug Nye is reporting on Autosport.com that Michael Lynch has died. I have searched but have been unable to find any verification. I hope this is not accurate but Nye is typically a very reliable source, especially about such matters. Can someone confirm one way or the other?
     
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    Found yesterday on Facebook :

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    11 janvier, 14:35 ·
    Today the world lost one of its great story tellers and car aficionados. My dad moved on to the big race track in the sky.

    My dad was one of those guys with such classic stories. He talked his way into Harvard, and then made money by writing people’s papers for them with a keg next to his desk. And his telling of it all never got old. He went on to eventually become a well-respected and loved car historian and author.

    He was lucky enough to pass peacefully with the love of his life on one side of him and me on the other. And I was lucky enough for him to wait to go until I had achieved the important life milestones of a tremendous kid, career success and overall happiness I wanted him to see and be proud of. It feels trite to say I’ll miss him, but I really really will. Love you, Popsy.

    And thank you to Vicki Lynch, his life partner for the past 27 years of marriage. She truly made him a better person and has been by his side through every difficult health crisis he faced over these past years. Not everyone finds their Vicki, and my dad is so damn lucky she chose him. (As am I.)
     
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    Very sad new. Sincere condolences.

    Hugo
     
  4. Marcel Massini

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    Michael T. Lynch just finished his new NART book end of last year.
    May he rest in peace.

    Marcel Massini
     
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    Very sad news indeed, Mike was one of the good guys. I'm happy to hear that he was able to complete the NART book. Rest in peace Mike.
     
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    Thank you, Pierre.

    Sincere condolences to the Lynch family.
     
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    I am really glad he was able to finish the book, as I knew health issues were building up over the last few years.
     
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    This is a huge loss of talent and knowledge to the Ferrari historian world. Michael and I had a one year overlap at the Harvard Business School in the late sixties and ever since we have exchanged dozens of e-mails concerning various aspects of early Ferrari trivia in search of the actual stories. He judged for many Concours until he lost a few friends for being an honest judge, in the earlier years he and Vicky graciously hosted annual get togethers at their home in Carmel during car week. His writing were always interesting to read and always well researched. Here in Santa Fe he led the special memorial to Denise McCluggage. When HelenAnn and I ran into them on the lawn at Pebble Beach this past August, we both commented on how good he and Vicki looked, all dressed up in classical Pebble Beach spectator attire. Our most sincere condolences to Vicky and Alexis, we will truly miss him.

    Robert
     
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    Additional information on the book from a source who spoke with Luigi since Michael's death:

    It is close but not ready for print. There is at least one chapter/appendix to be added and it hasn't even been developed beyond a concept.....It will be definitive.....The book will definitely fill a major gap in Ferrari documented history.

    Let's hope that these sad circumstances will not delay publication by too much. It sounds like the book will be a fine and lasting legacy.
     
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    A lot of special people are leaving us this winter....it seems the book kept him going until his work was done...it was an honor to speak with him and listen to his wisdom at Cavallino and Pebble as well as a few times on the phone, years ago, RIP Sir.
     
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    Very sad. He was a true gentleman. Sincere condolences. Rest in peace Michael.
     
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    I know Adolfo and recognize the gentleman at the other end. Can someone supply the names of the 4 on Adolfo's right?
     
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    Possibly Winston Goodfellow on the far-right.
     
  15. Marcel Massini

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    Absolutely not.
    And Michael Lynch is #2 from left.

    Marcel Massini
     
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    Thats Adolfo Orsi
     
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    Thanks Marcel
     
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    From the far right to the left:

    Mr. Adolfo Orsi
    Mr. Alfieri Maserati
    Mr. Tim Considine
    Mr. Michael Lynch
    Mr. Robert T Devlin

    If i'm wrong, please correct me

    Maarten
     
  19. wbaeumer

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    Michael T. Lynch was also a very much respected member of the old Maserati telaio and posted numerous contributions. All with great knowledge.
    He also helped me with my first book.
    What a loss!

    R.I.P.

    (PS.: ...and one of this persons listed is -in my humble opinion- definitely NOT a Gentleman!)
     
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    Thank you. I thought the gentleman opposite Adolfo was Bob.
     
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    Does anyone know Lynch's proposed publisher? I read a NART Book recently that was very unsatisfying, a mere recounting of which cars they ran where and nothing really revealing about the personalities involved and all the intrigues.
    Here's the review of the one I read from Amazon.com. I'd say not worth the paper it's printed on....

    N.A.R.T.: A concise history of the North American Racing Team 1957 to 1983Hardcover – December 14, 2015
    by Terry O'Neil (Author)

    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.






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  23. BIRA

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    With cars dealers my friend , this is tough territory!!
     
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  25. Jack-the-lad

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    #25 Jack-the-lad, Mar 18, 2019
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    When I go to the Bull web site I get a "private" page, password required. I wonder what's going on.

    The FB page has an entry saying they are unable to fill any orders.

    I know they were looking for a buyer about five years ago. This does not sound good.

    This makes publication of the Chinetti/NART book seem even less certain.....
     

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