Tony Abdel Hak
What would drive someone to own three Ferraris? An adoration
this strong must come from a lifetime of racing and loving
cars. BatoAutoMoto went to meet Tony Abdel Hak in his
offices in Achrafieh. Upon entering his office, it is easy
to see that his passion for fine Italian sport cars
surpasses all others. Tony was active in Rally racing for
over 20 years, and it was a joy to meet with him and his co-pilot
Nabil Komboz to learn more.
What do you do professionally?
own the company International Publishers, I am the director,
and I have been in this domain for thirty years. We produce
encyclopedias and are also now getting into biographical
books as well as other subjects.
Since when have you been interested in cars?
Since I was 2 years old! Since then I've been interested in
How did you start racing?
began when I was twenty, but with seriousness I really
started in 82' in the Rally De Montagne. I kept racing until
Whatís your most memorable race?
2002, when we began the season, we won within our group.
French ace Yves Loubet was in the race driving the same car,
yet we still won. That was pretty nice.
Do you have any advice for aspiring race car drivers?
You have to begin bit by bit . Get plenty of advice from an
experienced friend, and practice as much as possible.
What was the first car that you drove in rallies?
was a Mitsubishi Gallant.
How many different cars have you driven in rallies?
Many cars, including Golf GTI, Nissan GTIR, Subaru,...seven
cars in all.
What got you into Rallies?
passion for cars and for speed.
Is it safe to say you are a Ferrari collector?
am not a Ferrari collector. I am a Ferrari passionate. I
currently own three Ferraris.
They are the latest models: 575 Maranello, 430 Scuderia, and
the 599 GTB Fiorano.
Each of them has a different character and driving
10. Which one is the fastest?
The Scuderia has 500 + horsepower. The 599 has 620hp, and
the Maranello 515hp.
But the 430 Scuderia is lighter therefore it is the fastest.
color are your cars?
They are all red. I only get red Ferraris, and I have owned
11 Ferraris over the years.
12. Why Ferraris specifically?
never loved another car other than Ferrari. It is a legend.
13. But you have driven other cars?
Yes I have a Cayenne Turbo and a Maserati Quattroporte, I
have driven many cars but I am loyal to the Ferrari.
14. What do you drive daily?
Cayenne Turbo and Jaguar Daimler when the traffic is heavy
or when itís raining.
15. You are a boat fan as well?
Yes, I bought a boat in 2001, a Princess V50.
16. Buying new Ferraris requires a big budget I can imagine?
little at the start but there is not much of a loss, because
they retain their value.
Ferrari will not pass 15% in depreciation after three years,
whereas most cars will lose 40% to 55% of their value in
the same timeframe.
17. What are your thoughts on the BatoAutoMoto Project?
very classy, beautifully presented magazine containing
everything we love.