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Mille Miglia
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Mille Miglia

 
 

Giannino MarzottoGiannino MarzottoHe was born at Valdagno on 13 April 1928, the son of the king of the Italian wool industry, Count Gaetano Marzotto. Soon after his 20th birthday he entered his father's Lancia Aprilia in the Giro di Sicilia and came in second in his class. In 1950 he and his three brothers, Vittorio, Umberto and Paolo competed in Mille Miglia all driving Ferraris. Giannino was the last to start but would finish in a double-breasted suit. He won fame not just for winning but for his attire which seemed to catch the spirit of the Italian fans. The young Marzotto decided that for 1951 he would improve upon last year's Ferrari with an all-new design of his own based on the Ferrari 166 with a 212 engine. In those days before the widespread use of wind tunnels in auto racing builders based their designs on what Marzotto called “optical intuition”. Italy of course is renowned for it’s coach builders and for his new car he turned to Sergio Reggiani & Paolo Fontana of Padua. A low slung body with a rounded shape similar to that of an egg or Uovo in Italian was decided upon. The car went well but retired due to what was thought at the time a problem with the rear axle, In 1953 he repeated his feat winning for the second time. He would later marry with three daughters and until 1969 he headed the family firm. Upon his retirement he devoted himself to sporting hobbies, patronage and hospitality.

Alberto Ascari Clemente Biondetti Baconin Borzacchini Giovanni Bracco Antonio Brivio Giuseppe Campari Rudolf Caracciola Eugenio Castellotti Giannino Marzotto Ferdinando Minoia Stirling Moss Tazio Nuvolari Carlo Pintacuda Piero Taruffi Achille Varzi Luigi Villores