In 1981 I traveled to Europe for the first time. On that trip I was fortunate enough to meet engineer Giotto Bizzarrini, thanks to my friend and top notch Italian journalist Franco Lini. Franco was connected with everyone, and knew the father of Ferrari's 250 GTO quite well.
Bizzarrini had been out of the industry for a number of years, and no one had seen him in ages. He and wife Rosanna warmly welcomed this 23 year old, bight eyed bushy tailed enthusiast into his home, where we had a wonderful lunch. As we walked his property in the hills outside of Livorno after the meal, I spied two Bizzarrini Europa GT1900 bodies left over from the 1960s, when Giotto was a sports car constructor.