After hearing the tragic news last night, an English expression keeps going through my mind today, ‘Never Meet Your Heroes’.
In my case, not only was I fortunate enough to meet my hero, Fabio Buzzi, he was a genuine Italian legend.
Not only was he an incredibly talented engineer, designer and highly focused racer, he was generous and wonderful company.
To have lunch with him in his favourite restaurant near the FB Design complex in Brianza was a delight.
Not only would his entertaining stories involve offshore powerboat racing, he could talk in equally knowledgeable terms about the Italian economy or the EU.
His client list who had bought boats from him over the years read like a Who’s Who of royalty and a-list celebrities.
Fabio was incredibly proud to have made those connections over the years, although the death of Stefano Casiraghi, the second husband of Princess Caroline of Monaco, hit him very hard as he had lost his life in a Buzzi hull.
I last had lunch with Fabio before he set a diesel powered World Speed Record of 277.515 Km/h on Lake Como at the age of 75.
He kindly gave Powerboat Racing World permission to post the first photographs of his new hydroplane and he wanted me to get a message out, ‘Innovation isn’t dead’.
His innovation will live long in the marine industry.
John raced Offshore UIM Class 3 in the 1980’s & 1990’s.
He served as the Cowes Torquay Cowes Event Director for 4 years, including running the 50 th Anniversary Event in 2010.
He has recently organised 4 British Offshore races under UKOPRA sanction.
He is the Editor of Powerboat Racing World.