Book Review – "CH. POZZI", The History of the French Ferrari Importer and Race Team


Along with the likes of Ecurie Francorchamps, Maranello Concessionaires, the North American Racing Team and Scuderia Filipinetti, the Pozzi Ferrari France racing team successfully flew the Ferrari flag in GT racing and rallies. They may not have started as early as their renowned compatriots on the racetracks of the world, but when they did join the fray in 1971, it was done in a most professional manner.

Arnaud Meunier’s extensive tome on Charles Pozzi the man, his company and its racing activities was first published by him in French in 2016, and since then the volume has been expanded, so that the new English edition has around 40 more pages than the original one. It offers a truly interesting chronological history, starting with Charles Pozzi’s early life, leading into his love affair with cars, his garage activities, leading into his racing career in the post war years, his car dealerships, culminating in him becoming the official Ferrari importer for France in 1969.

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There are numerous interviews with a variety of people involved with the company through the years, from mechanics to racing drivers, featuring plenty of anecdotal stories that make fascinating reading, whilst also painting a vivid picture of its development from a single outlet in Paris to a nationwide distributor. An account is given of each of these outlets, with a potted history of how it became part of the network. The company’s competition years occupy a good portion of the book, with accounts of the races and rallies in which they participated, together with details of the cars that they ran, naturally accompanied by an extensive array of archive images.

This is a well researched and eminently readable encapsulation of one of Europe’s leading Ferrari concessionaires, whose activities, both commercial and racing, are now brought to the attention of the masses beyond the French borders, through this fine English language edition – heartily recommended!


Title: CH. POZZI The History of the French Ferrari Importer and Race Team
Author: Arnaud Mernier
Publisher: Eau Rouge Publishing
ISBN Number:         978-0-9573978-9-7
UK Retail Price:       £90 (Plus P&P as appropriate)


Keith Bluemel