Bell describes travelling to Italy, touring the Maranello factory and having lunch with Enzo Ferrari.
He recalls the pole position at his first Ferrari F2 race at Monza, which was enough to secure him a contract. He went on to start in two grands prix that year.
But in a case of being in the right place at the wrong time, he describes falling victim to a pared-back Ferrari race programme.
He turned to sports cars, where once more he was seen by Enzo, in a privately-entered Ferrari 512. Another call from Maranello saw him line up for his first Le Mans race in 1970. And the rest is glorious history.