Phil Bostwick

In Memoriam

AONE members are deeply saddened to learn of the loss of one of our most enthusiastic members. Phil Bostwick owned a beautifully restored, bumperless blue 1972 GTV. He joined many of our driving tours with that car and caught the bug so much that in 2011 he began organizing his own tour, on his Cape Cod home turf. Phil organized and led this tour, affectionately dubbed "The AONE Cape Crusade," for six successive years, from 2011 to 2016. He was planning to lead the seventh Cape Crusade in October of 2017, when he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and ordered to stop driving.

Phil was such an eager participant in AONE's driving tours that each winter he would insist that the directors establish as soon as possible the dates of the next season's tours. This was so that for the weekend of the Indian Summer Sortie he could book his favorite room at his favorite B&B in western Massachusetts (the only room there with an en-suite shower high enough for him to be able to stand up in).

Driving sports cars was one of Phil's many enthusiasms. His GTV was just one of several very desirable Italian (and other) sports cars he had owned. He had, at different times, owned an AC Ace, a Ferrari 250 Lusso, a Ferrari 250 SWB, and an F2 Cooper vintage race car. (Among the less exotic cars he had also owned were an Austin-Healey and a Jaguar sedan.) He loved to show photos of the Ferraris, the AC, and the Cooper and to tell about how no engine was quite as sweet as the legendary Ferrari 3-litre V-12.

While in college at Stanford in the early 1950s, he had the good fortune to be a spectator at some of the sports car races that hold a significant place in the history of the development of American sports car competition. In 2014 and 2015 he contributed to Velocissima two fascinating articles telling about this "Golden Age of Racing" (Part 1 and Part 2). The second of these articles concludes with Phil's account of how he met and got to know another Phil: Phil Hill, the first American (and still only one of two Americans ever) to win the Formula One world championship. It also includes several photos of the sports cars our Phil had owned over the years (example below).

Another of Phil's enthusiasms was films. His home library included many books about cinema and countless DVDs and video tapes. He was an integral contributor to the organizing of AONE's winter film screenings. He helped to select the films and for our second ever film screening, in November 2014, he provided footage of his own of 1950s sports car and Formula One racing.

Phil, who had been a pilot in the US Navy, was also an enthusiastic flyer. He owned a Stearman biplane and regaled fellow AONE members with stories of flying from the east coast to Chicago for meets.

In his professional life, Phil was a Washington-based trial lawyer and partner at Shaw, Pittman, Potts, and Trowbridge (he met Phil Hill while in California for a trial; during an off-moment, Phil simply walked over to Hill's Santa Monica restoration shop and introduced himself).

Upon retirement, Phil and his wife Jean Ann settled permanently in Massachusetts. He was fortunate in being able to have home care right up to the end and passed away, surrounded by his family, in Jean Ann's and his beautiful home overlooking Nauset Beach in East Orleans. In addition to Jean Ann, Phil is survived by his sons, Dwight and John, his daughter, Jennifer, six grandchildren, and Chloë, their white labrador. They have our deepest sympathies.

Click here for the published obituary.Tiny Quadrifoglio

Phil Bostwick's SWB with Phil (R) and Phil Hill (L) in 1991


Phil Bostwick