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April 2004 Issue
 
ARTICLE
 
Junichiro Hiramatsu
By Robert McLellan
 
 

It has been my great privilege to be acquainted for over 20 years with the foremost collector of Ferrari literature and cars in the world, Mr. Junichiro Hiramatsu. His collection, which includes over 10,000 items of Ferrari factory literature, 20,000 Ferrari model cars and numerous classic and modern Ferrari automobiles has been amassed over a forty year period. Mr. Hiramatsu is very generous with photographs and this will be primarily a pictorial profile. — Robert McLellan

 
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Hiramatsu with his Enzo

Floor to ceiling cabinets of neatly organized Ferrari literature and model cars greet a visitor to Mr. Hiramatsu's home in Nagoya, Japan.

 
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Hiramatsu in his private Ferrari Library with a small portion of his collection of over 10,000 items of Ferrari Factory literature and model cars

A view of another Hiramatsu collection — Ferrari Miniatures. He has collected over 20,000 Ferrari miniatures since childhood, over a 45 year period

A 1/43 scale diorama for the
"50th Anniversary of Ferrari"
in Roma on June, 1997
includes Hiramatsu's
250GT SWB

More literature and models

More literature and models
 

Ferrari automobiles are an integral part of Hiramatsu's lifestyle as shown here in his garage, at a Concours Italiana in Monterey, at the Suzuka Circuit and parked in front of his home.

 
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Hiramatsu with his Enzo and his first grandchild, Sawako, at the meeting of Forza III at Suzuka Circuit in April 2003

A very famous Ferrari designer, Leonardo Fioravanti, and Hiramatsu with three classic Ferraris

Ferrari 250GT TdF with Hiramatsu at Concours Italiana in Monterey, California, in August 1994

Three super Ferraris with Hiramatsu in his garage

Hiramatsu and his son, Hiroshige, with his Enzo
 

Mr. Hiramatsu has been active in, and President of, the Ferrari Club of Japan. Here he is shown with the President of Italy and the President of Ferrari spa at the "50th Anniversary of Ferrari" celebration.

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A photo of three presidents - President of Italy, President of Ferrari Club of Japan, and President of Ferrari spa - at the "50th Anniversary of Ferrari" in Roma

Enzo Ferrari discussed the production of a "Hiramatsu" Ferrari and sent this signed copy of his book Piloti, Gente to Mr. Hiramatsu with his compliments and a handwritten "A Hiramatsu Ferrari" message.

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The late Mr. Enzo Ferrari sent his book Piloti, Gente to Hiramatsu with his handwriting and a "Hiramatsu, Ferrari"!!!!!

Friends and acquaintances receive annual Christmas cards. Each card has a Ferrari Identification Number.

 
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1984/85 Hiramatsu Family greeting card showing a one-off 1/10th Daytona made by Mr. Michele Conti

1985/86 Hiramatsu Family greeting card, 1985 & 1986. Hiramatsu owned the Mustang Mach 1 Cobra Jet 428 twice in 1970 and 1985

1986/87 Hiramatsu Family greeting card showing Hiramatsu's three Ferraris — Testarossa . Daytona . 275GTB4 — at Nagoya Port

1989/90 Hiramatsu
Family greeting card

1995/96 Hiramatsu Family greeting card showing new and old Ferraris, F50 and 250GT TdF, at his house in Nagoya

1999/00 Hiramatsu Family greeting card -
"50 years of Hiramatsu - 1949 to 1999"
     

2000/01 Hiramatsu Family
greeting card showing Hiramatsu's
wife, Naomi, with his F50

2002/03 Hiramatsu Family
greeting card showing Hiramatsu
and his two grandchildren at
Paris Auto Show in September 2002
     

And his cars have been the subjects of many art renderings such as this view, by Mr. Akira Mizorogi, of Ferrari's in Mr. Hiramatsu's garage.

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Postcard with art rendering by Mr. Mizorogi of Hiramatsu's garage

Last, but not least, the beautiful woman behind the man and the cars — Junichiro and Naomi Hiramatsu, his wife of 30 years.

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Naomi Hiramatsu with a Ferraro F40 in front of their house
 
 
 
The Automotive Chronicles, April 2004
 
 
 
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