Joseph “Papa” Cattaneo was an Italian born engineer with French nationality. He actively raced before the war and owned since the late twenties a very reputed garage in Saint-Cloud, a rich Paris suburb. He was specialized in Bugatti and luxury cars, before the war and Ferrari, after the war. He had a personal relationship with Enzo Ferrari since the Alfa Romeo days and was close friend of Luigi Chinetti. He maintained the Ferraris for “very important people”. He also tuned racing Ferraris for top French drivers and the garage was the operating base of Chinetti's NART when racing in Europe.

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