Henry N. Manney III

Henry Newman Manney III (March 27, 1922 – March 15, 1988) was a correspondent and journalist best known for his writings on automobiles, motorcycles, auto racing, and travel.

Henry Newman Manney III
Born(1922-03-27)March 27, 1922
DiedMarch 15, 1988(1988-03-15) (aged 65)
Alma materDuke University
Awards1989 Ken W. Purdy award

Early years and educationEdit

Henry N. Manney III was born in Quantico, Virginia on 27 March 1922.[1][2] He was the son of Marine Colonel and Silver Star recipient Henry N. Manney Junior, and the grandson of US Navy Chief of the Bureau of Equipment, Rear-Admiral Henry N. Manney.[3]

Manney attended Duke University, where he majored in English.[3] He joined the United States Army in 1943 as a private and was stationed at Truax Field in Wisconsin.[4] He served for three years as a radar mechanic. When his military career ended Manney used his G.I. Bill education benefits to pay for ballet lessons.[5][3] He met ballerina Margaret Anne Statz, daughter of Major League outfielder Arnold "Jigger" Statz, in a studio, and the two were part of a ballet company that toured briefly through the US and Central and South America.[6]

For a time Manney worked in sales at Jim Barlow's International Motors prior to the start of his writing career.[7]

Racing career, move to EuropeEdit

Through the early 1950s Manney was racing cars in the US, driving a Crosley Hotshot (eventually supercharged), a Siata 300 BC and a Deutsch Bonnet.[8] He built a Crosley-based special called "Georgette-the-Racer", which he raced without much success and whose body was recycled into Chet Lancaster's Georgette.[7]: 176  Later that same decade Manney relocated to Europe, where the highlight of his racing career was his appearance in the 1957 Mille Miglia in an Alfa Romeo Giulietta Veloce.[1]

Writing careerEdit

Manney started writing about motor racing in the mid-1950s. Gus Vignolle was the editor of Motoracing magazine, and his secretary, Anne Evans, was an acquaintance of Manney's. Evans asked Manney to write an article for the magazine. Manney remarked "They were fool enough to print it, and since I found I could get into the races free, I have never looked back."[1] That first column, titled "How to Watch a Road Race", appeared in the November 18–25, 1955 issue.[9]

Some of his early work appeared in Car and Driver magazine.[7] After relocating to Europe, Manney began writing for British auto magazines, such as the UK-based magazine Small Car, which became Car magazine in 1965.[10]

In 1961 Manney became the overseas correspondent for Road & Track, with his first article for them appearing in the July 1961 issue.[6] For many of his contributions he did double duty, not only writing the copy but also shooting the accompanying photographs. His coverage of European Formula 1 (F1) events is credited with raising the profile of F1 racing in the United States.[6] His regular column at Road & Track was titled "At Large". In it he reported on not only auto racing, but auto shows and the industry in general, included pieces on travel and food, and often closed with his signature valediction, "Yr Faithfl Srvnt".[5]

Manney is ascribed with creating a unique style of automotive writing, different than what had gone before.[11] His reports are said to be so rich and vivid that the reader experiences the scene through his description.[1][12] Among his most well-known works was a four-part series titled "What To Do While Motoring In Europe", and his account of a visit to a naturist enclave titled "Incompleat Guide to the Île du Levant".[13] Manney also wrote an analysis of Ford's failure at Le Mans in the style of "Casey at the Bat".

In 1966 Manney returned to the US from Europe, and continued his association with Road & Track.[13] For the magazine's April issues he began to contribute a series of road tests of "vehicles" such as a roller-coaster car, a pogo stick, and a motorized skateboard, which review included a picture of Manney in a full suit of medieval armor. During this period he also wrote for Road & Track's sister automotive magazine, Car Life, and was editor-at-large for their motorcycling magazine Cycle World, to which he contributed both articles and reviews.

Personal lifeEdit

Manney and Margaret Anne Statz were married on February 16, 1953.[14] They went on to have three children; Henry Newman Manney IV, Patrick Gregory Jude, and Mary Cecilia Alexandra.[15]

Manney owned a varied assortment of cars that included makes such as Moretti, Lancia, and Mercedes-Benz.[13][16] He also owned at least three Ferraris. In 1952 he purchased 1950 Ferrari 275S America Barchetta Touring, chassis 0032MT.[17] In 1955, he bought 1950 Ferrari 166, chassis 0060 M.[18] And in 1965, he acquired 1963 Ferrari GTO, chassis 5111GT.[19]

In a 1977 review Manney recounted riding a Harley Davidson flathead as a young man. Among the other bikes he owned were a vintage Yamaha, a new Bultaco, and a BMW 750 Twin.[20] His later motorcycle collection included a 1956 Manx Norton, a 1966 Matchless G85CS, a 1938 Velocette KSS, and a 1973 Triumph 500 ISDT.[21][22][23][24]

Apart from automobiles and motorcycles, Manney's interests included baseball, classical and dixieland music, opera, and ballet.[1][3][6]

Manney suffered a debilitating cerebral hemorrhage late in 1981.[6] He died on March 15, 1988, one day before his father-in-law.[25] A joint funeral for Manney and Statz was held on 18 March 1988 at Our Lady Queen of Angels Church in Newport Beach, California.


Manney received the International Motor Press Association's Ken W. Purdy award posthumously in 1989.[26]


Henry Manney was ever the gentleman, joking, chatting, putting people at ease and leaving a trail of amusement and good humor. When you heard his voice in the hall, you smiled and said to yourself, "Oh good, Henry's here", and genuinely looked forward to a good conversation, the way you look forward to a good meal or a cold beer when you're hungry or thirsty. He was a form of refuge from everything tedious and commonplace, just like his motor home. ... We've lost a rare man, a great writer and a good friend.

— Peter Egan, automotive journalist.[6]

One of the most loved and charismatic individuals of the West Coast sports car community, Henry was a man of class and wide spread interests. ... Reviews of local food, wine, hotels and other travel related bits were written with a sense of wit and humor that nobody in the motor press world has ever repeated.

— Rex McAfee, automotive author and editor.[16]


  1. ^ a b c d e "An American in Paris" (pdf). Corvette News. Vol. 7, no. 2. Chevrolet Motor Division, General Motors Corporation. 1963.
  2. ^ "Henry N Manney Iii (1922 - 1988)". www.ancientfaces.com.
  3. ^ a b c d Simanaitis, Dennis (January 15, 2016). "Remembering Henry N. Manney III". simanaitissays.com.
  4. ^ "Truax Student Pestered Board Right Into Army". The Capital Times. Vol. 52, no. 130. Madison, Wisconsin. April 23, 1944. p. 9.
  5. ^ a b Edwards, David (October 30, 2010). "Henry Manney III's Manx Norton". www.rideapart.com.
  6. ^ a b c d e f Batchelor, Dean; Dinkel, John; Egan, Peter (June 1988). "Henry N. Manney III 1922–1988". Road & Track. Vol. 39, no. 10.
  7. ^ a b c Pace, Harold (December 25, 2004). Vintage American Road Racing Cars, 1950-1970. Motorbooks. ISBN 978-0760317839.
  8. ^ "All Results of Henry Manney". www.racingsportscars.com.
  9. ^ Manney III, Henry N. (November 18–25, 1955). "Watching Road Races" (PDF). Motoracing. Vol. 1, no. 3. Povike Inc. p. 6.
  10. ^ Green, Gavin (October 20, 2012). "The story of CAR Magazine: part 1". www.carmagazine.co.uk.
  11. ^ Vack, Pete (May 21, 2019). "Henry Manney III". www.velocetoday.com.
  12. ^ "Jim Clark, the Scottish driver who became an American idol". www.scotsman.com. April 6, 2008.
  13. ^ a b c Sherlock, Joe. "Henry N. Manney III". www.joesherlock.com.
  14. ^ Manney, Patrick. "Marriage Cert Manney H A". www.flickr.com.
  15. ^ "The Andrea Downing Statz Family Tree:Information about Henry Newman Manney III". www.genealogy.com.
  16. ^ a b McAfee, Rex. "Jack McAfee - Familiar faces". www.jackmcafee.com.
  17. ^ "0032MT 50 Ferrari 275S America Barchetta Touring, RHD". www.barchetta.cc.
  18. ^ "1950 Ferrari 166". www.classicdriver.com. August 2018.
  19. ^ Ernst, Kurt (October 3, 2013). "Ferrari 250 GTO reportedly sells for $52 million, becoming world's most expensive car". www.hemmings.com.
  20. ^ Manney III, Henry N. (January–February 1977). "Harley-Davidson Sportster". cycle World. pp. 38–42.
  21. ^ ""Barn-find" Manx once owned by the beloved automotive writer Henry Manney III". www.bonhams.com. November 13, 2010.
  22. ^ "Ex-Henry Manney III, Last of the Great British Bangers". www.bonhams.com. November 13, 2010.
  23. ^ "Ex-Henry Manney III, Mk.II version of the "cammy" Velo 350". www.bonhams.com. November 13, 2010.
  24. ^ "Six Days special from the Henry Manney collection". www.bonhams.com. November 13, 2010.
  25. ^ "Statz, Grandest Angel of Them All, Dead at 90". Los Angeles Times. March 18, 1988.
  26. ^ "Ken W. Purdy Award Winners". www.impa.org.

Further readingEdit

  • Manney III, Henry N. (2003). Road & Track on Henry Manney at Large & Aboard. Brooklands Book Ltd. ISBN 9781870642477.