When I was young and naïve I wrote a book for a publisher in England, Osprey, called DeTomaso Automobiles. Not only did I never get a royalty but they gave the book to a pirate publisher who doesn’t pay royalties either (no wonder some Brits were among the first pirates!).
Anyway decades passed and, while up in Monterey, I met David and Linda Adler while they were driving their Group 3 Pantera race car on the street—a car with Webers, bundle of snakes exhaust, the whole nine yards. They had bought Pantera International, a club, and were producing a magazine of which I became the editor. After awhile I amassed enough information to do a book for them called DeTomaso: the Man and his Machines.
At the time there was no glossy book on DeTomaso, unless you count Henry Rasmussen’s Panteras for the Road, which was already out of print.
DeTomaso, as a brand, had not yet arrived so to speak, not like Ferraris of which there were already fifty books on the market. We decided to do it first class, hardcover, slip cover, color inserts, over 100 black and white pictures. We went to Dai Nippon in Japan for first class binding and reproduction. The book had a many page color section showing stock Panteras, Panteras, Vallelungas, Mangustas, and Longchamps.
In addition there were several chapters on racing, and I was fortunate enough to fly to Europe to buy pictures right in Italy, pictures of Group 4 racers, prototype Formula cars, and of DeTomaso himself.
I even visited the DeTomaso factory in Modena. I didn’t talk to DeTomaso himself who as absent and was too timid to talk to Mrs. DeTomaso though it was clear that, in her husband’s absence she ran the roost. In fact, at the time I couldn’t think of another automaker where the two owners in charge had FIA racing licenses and had raced at tracks like LeMans. Continue reading →