Just like there are lawyer, carpenter or firefighter families, where the family trade is being handed down from one generation to the next; our family’s trade was passed along to me: Creativity.
We all have a little paint in our blood. My great-grandfather and my grandfather were classically trained painters. My grandfather’s twin brother, my grand-uncle, was a painter as well. My father, a professional flautist, now devotes much of his time to his paintings and his collages. This makes me the 4th generation to pick up the family trade. In the 1930s, my grandfather, Gerold Hunziker (1894-1980) worked as an Advertising Illustrator for Bally, the Swiss shoe company. While at Bally, my grandfather created many advertising posters but also found the time for commissioned projects such as a poster for the Olympic Games or the now famous Bugatti poster from 1932.
If the source of my creative genes is easy to pinpoint, the source of my passion for racing cars is just as easily located: My grand-uncle, Prince Bira. His full name was Prince Birabongse Bhanutej Bhanubandh of Siam. He was a member of Siam’s Royal Family and was a grandson of King Mongkut. Prince Bira became the first Thai Grand-Prix motor racing driver. Primarily a privateer, he concentrated his efforts on monoposto cars such as ERA, Maserati, Connaught and Gordini. He even did two races in a Ferrari for Enzo Ferrari himself and competend twice in the 24h of Le Mans.
Taking into account my family history, I think it was inevitable that I would end up racing and painting racing cars…