His enthusiasm became a notable skill which also took him to the circuits of Europe and US where he raced in various GT class races (in Ferraris mainly but also in Shelbys) such as Daytona, Sebring, Targa Florio and Nürburgring. On a number of occasions, he partnered with New Yorker, Tommy Hitchcock III. Pictured on this page he is driving in the Swiss hill climb, Col de la Faucille in 1959 racing in his Ferrari 250 GT LWB Berlinetta TdF where he finished 2nd in class and 13th overall. He also went on to finish 2nd in class in the Tour de France that year.
Zourab was a real Ferrari devotee and later went on to own a magnificent collection of Ferraris himself (including at one point a 250 GTO) – along the way becoming good friends with automotive luminaries such as Baron Toulo Graffenreid, Gianni Agnelli of FIAT and three times F1 World Champion, Sir Jackie Stewart.
"Zou Tchkotoua was a very long term good friend of myself and my wife Helen. He was a man of incredible charm, quite a lad with the ladies in his early days of racing cars - which he did extremely well.
Whether it be Ferraris at Goodwood and all the other racetracks in Britain, or the Targa Florio, when he was faster than some of the best racing drivers in the world at that time. He never forgot his racing days during the times we spent together; whether it be in Switzerland, England or Spain over many years.
Zou was a great friend and someone that that Stewart family will never forget."
SIr Jackie Stewart