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RIP Richard Merritt

Discussion in 'Who's Who in Ferrari Universe' started by Admiral Goodwrench, Mar 12, 2021.

  1. Admiral Goodwrench

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    This evening I received a call from Kendall Merritt advising that his father had passed on this morning.

    A good friend for over a half century ,Richard was a major figure in the world of Ferrari. He had owned at least four dozen Ferraris at different times, was a founding member of the Ferrari Club of America, early author of a definitive Ferrari book, Past president of the FCA and a repository of incredible Ferrari stories.

    He will be sorely missed,

    Best regards,

    Robert
     
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  3. 375+

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    Richard was one of my heroes, a giant in the Ferrari world and a kind and gracious man. It was my great privilege to have known him, Godspeed good friend.
     
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  4. Marcel Massini

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    Very sad news indeed.
    A life well lived. Thank you Dick for what you did for all of us.
    I learned a lot from this gentleman.
    Rest in peace.

    Marcel Massini
     
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  5. BigTex

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    Oh, Admiral, Sir....I am SO sorry to hear.

    Having only known him thru correspondence, or perhaps a brief phone conversation, he guided me into the world of Ferrari with such professionalism.
    Taught me the few detail differences, to ensure I was buying legally imported cars, and then we parted ways...

    A lion has fallen......Rest In Peace....
     
  6. rossodino

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    I am so sad to hear of this news, while I never knew him personally, I came across his name so many times as I started to learn about Ferrari history especially here in the States. We have all lost a true Legend!
     
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  8. DWR46

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    Dick was a good friend and a true pioneer in the Ferrari world. If you go back and read his book, written with Warren Fitzgerald, you will be amazed by how accurate it is even with all the knowledge we have about the cars today. To think he did all this with no internet and little long distance phone calls due to the high costs, makes his work even more impressive. I will never forget the phone call from him asking if Sue and i wanted to partner with him on a 250 GTO. We each would have had to put up $3,000. Neither of us had the full purchase price, so he hoped we could combine our funds and get the car. However, the more we talked about it, the less sense it made, as it was an old, wore out race car, and we each owed money on other Ferraris. So, we made the "intelligent" decision and passed on the GTO.
     
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  9. spider348

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    Truly sad news. Dick was a gentleman and a genuine car guy. He helped me with several RoW Ferraris and Porsches I purchased over the years. A sad day.
     
  10. Bryanp

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    One of most memorable road trips I have ever had was in 2001, riding in a tow vehicle w/ Dick, Kendall and my father (RADM Goodwrench) on our way to a show in PA, listening to Dick's epic tales; dealings w/ Chinetti and Garthewaite, surreal visits to Tom Meade when he was living in Modena, and his mind-blowing caravan driving the Breadvan and a 250LM thru an Indiana blizzard at night . . . .
    Some pics over many years;

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  11. 375+

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    Great stuff Bryan, thanks for posting.
     
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  13. malcolmb

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    Reading his book and Geralds Market letter was my first information about Ferraris, still have the book of course, and it is indeed amazing how much information there is given the time period.
    RIP
    Malcolm
     
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  14. CornersWell

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    Condolences to the family. Truly a wealth of knowledge was lost.

    CW
     
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    Bad news :(
    Rest in peace
     
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    Dick was the guiding light for my 50+ years with Ferrari vehicles, and the book of knowledge for everything Ferrari. RIP my friend. Jim Riff
     
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    RIP - the “Gate Keeper”
     
  18. Cobraownr

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    I spoke with Dick a number of times and met him at a few events. As others here have said, a kind and gracious man, always happy to help with information and advice. In his position at NHTSA as the Show or Display import reviewer he belied the stereotype of a clueless and unhelpful bureaucrat. He truly wanted to help guys like me import a car (in my case a Porsche 959) within the regs if at all possible. My condolences to Kendall and the family.
     
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    Today as well.
     
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    Sad to hear that another of The Old Guard has passed on. Many years ago, Dick shared tales with me from his early days in Detroit that helped me greatly with research. His was a life well lived.
     
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    ...singlehandedly Dick Merritt created the vintage Ferrari hobby...Enzo himself personally thanked him for this...legendary is a massive understatement for this man...his genuine passion was Ferrari and dedicated and enjoyed life to its fullest because of it...RIP
     
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    When I was going to purchase my '84 BBi back in '98, I called Dick to ask if he could confirm that it was a "legal" car. Not knowing me from Adam, he was very accommodating and helpful. Just a nice man, and yes, it was legal and I've enjoyed it ever since.. I think I'm fortunate to have a First Edition of of the Fitzgerald and Merritt book as well as a Third Edition autographed by Dick.
    It's always sad to hear of the passing of these gentlemen, because with them goes a little bit of Ferrari history. RIP Dick.
     
  25. Admiral Goodwrench

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    With a lump in my throat as I write this, the attached photo is of Kendall Merritt driving the first of three black Ferraris carrying Richard Merritt's remains to the Ketoctin Church, (Virginia) Cemetery last Friday, April 30th. I cannot imagine a better final escort for my dear friend of over a half century. The Ferrari community is what it is today because of him. To say that I (we) will miss him is a vast understatement.

    RIP Richard!

    Best regards,

    Robert

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