Hans Tanner- a wheeler dealer?

Discussion in 'Vintage (thru 365 GTC4)' started by bitzman, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. trashidelek!

    trashidelek! Formula Junior

    Nov 18, 2004
    Interesting articles. Thanks Marcel!
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  2. M.James

    M.James F1 Rookie

    Jun 6, 2003
    Worcester, MA
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    Who is Lyle Tanner - a relative?
  3. Ed Niles

    Ed Niles Formula 3

    Sep 7, 2004
    West Hills, CA
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    Edwin K. Niles
    Lyle Tanner is an old friend, and one of the leading lights of the early FOC (US). When I first knew him, he was working for the City of L.A., but soon got involved in Ferrari parts, which has been his occupation ever since. He has owned a number of interesting F-cars, including 0407GT and one of the rare "interim" berlinettas. He is now in Texas. He is not related to Hans, except in the biblical sense that we all came from Adam and Eve. Or not.
  4. tongascrew

    tongascrew F1 Rookie

    Jan 3, 2006
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    george burgess
    Lyle Tanner ran a Ferrari parts company for many years specialising in parts for the early cars. I have one of his early catelogues. I wonder what happened to this company or does it still exist? just one man's opinion tongascrew
  5. M.James

    M.James F1 Rookie

    Jun 6, 2003
    Worcester, MA
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    Swallowed-up by the Ferrari Parts Exchange website, which is now owned by FERRPARTS, I believe.....I still see online pages in their website trees that bear 'Lyle Tanner Enterprises' on the page.
  6. Chuck Queener

    Chuck Queener Karting

    May 18, 2006
    If you've received your latest edition of the Prancing Horse you'll notice two photos taken by Chuck Tanner! I think that is Lyle and Kathy's illegitimate son. Niles would know because he was there at insemination.
  7. Rainer Nyberg

    Rainer Nyberg Rookie

    Aug 3, 2018
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    Rainer Nyberg
    Hans Tanner wrote a book about his clandestine Cuban activities in 1962.
    "Counter-Revolutionary Agent - Cuba"
    Recommended reading if you are into Cold War history.
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  8. bitzman

    bitzman Formula 3

    Feb 15, 2008
    All very interesting but I still think that when Pebble Beach awards the Hans Tanner award they should know it commemorates a murderer (killed his girlfriend on the way out). They should investigate who their awards are named after in case of blowback.
  9. Ed Niles

    Ed Niles Formula 3

    Sep 7, 2004
    West Hills, CA
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    Edwin K. Niles
    Relax, Wally.
  10. Marcel Massini

    Marcel Massini F1 World Champ

    Mar 2, 2005

    Marcel Massini
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  11. Lowell

    Lowell Formula Junior
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    Apr 17, 2005
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    Lowell Brown
    I just received his Cuban book. I'll write a short book review if anyone is interested --- or does a good one exist somewhere?
  12. Nembo1777

    Nembo1777 F1 Rookie

    Nov 4, 2006
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    Marc Sonnery
    Please do write it, grazie in advance.
  13. NYC Fred

    NYC Fred Formula Junior

    Sep 28, 2010
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  14. tifoso2728

    tifoso2728 F1 Veteran

    Apr 30, 2014
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    What a wonderful thread! Thanks for all who contributed.
  15. Jack-the-lad

    Jack-the-lad Three Time F1 World Champ
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    Jun 22, 2004
    Isle of Luci
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    Today I was looking through some storage boxes and discovered that I have two copies of Tanner's Ferrari, not just one as I had believed. They are similar, but different. Both are first editions, but one is the British printing and is virtually perfect. The other is the American printing, has a torn dust jacket and some stained pages, but is otherwise intact, and is signed by the author with the name of the recipient illegible. Although I can't make out the name, the words "All the best & Hiram Walker martinis. Hans Tanner" are clear. I can't imagine a martini made with Hiram Walker.....

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