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Tazio Nuvolari
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Born 16th November 1892
Castel d'Ario, Italy
Died 11th August 1953 (aged 60)
Mantua, Italy
Nationality Flag of Italy Italian
Grand Prix career
Years Active 1927-1949
Team(s) Alfa Romeo, Scuderia Ferrari, Auto Untion
First Grand Prix 1927 Rome Grand Prix
Final Grand Prix 1949 Marseilles Grand Prix
"The greatest driver of the past, the present or the future"
―Ferdinand Porsche
Nuvolari 1932 Italy

Nuvolari at the 1932 Italian GP

Tazio Giorgio Nuvolari was an Italian racing driver. Known as "Il Mantovano Volante" he won the 1932 European Champonship and a total of 24 Grands Prix while driving for Alfa Romeo, Scuderia Ferrari and Auto Union. He died in 1953 from a stroke.

BiographyEdit

Tazio Giorgio Nuvolari was born on the 16th November 1892, in Castel d’Ario at 9 in the morning. Tazio was the fourth son of farmer and cyclist Arturo Nuvolari and his wife Elisa Zorzi.[1] He lived less than two miles from Antonio Ascari’s birthplace who was four years his senior.[2] His uncle Giuseppe was a champion cylist and was admired greatly by a young Tazio.[3]

Tazio obtained a motorcycle race licence in 1915, however, a few months later the First Wolrd War broke out and he was called up by the Army as driver.[4] After the war he began a career in motorcycle racing, scoring his first victory in 1923. He was crowned as the 1924 500cc Italian Motorcycle Champion and also won his first car races at Tigullio, Savio and Polesine.[5]

On the 1st of September 1925 he was summoned to test a Alfa Romeo P2 at Monza, after six laps he crashed when the gearbox broke. He returned heavily bandaged 12 days later to win the Nations Grand Prix at Monza, Italy’s foremost motorbike race of the time. He then concentrated on bikes before returning to cars in 1927.

For 1932, Grands Prix had to be between five and ten hours long. It was the only season in which Nuvolari regularly drove one of the fastest cars, the Alfa Romeo P3. He took two wins and a second place from the three European Championship Grands Prix, leading to victory in the championship by four points from Borzacchini. He achieved four other race wins that year, including the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix and a second Targa Florio.

Racing recordEdit

European Championship statisticsEdit

Entries 26
Starts 26
Wins 4
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 4
Podiums 7
Retirements 6
Points 136
Championships 1 (1932)
Source:

European Championship career summaryEdit

Season Entrant Chassis Races Wins Poles FLaps Podiums EDC EDC Points
1931 SA Alfa Romeo Type A
Monza
8C-2300
3 0 0 0 1 5th 13
1932 SA Alfa Romeo Tipo B/P3 3 2 0 2 3 1st 4
1935 Scuderia Ferrari Tipo B/P3
8C-35
6 1 0 2 1 4th 35
1936 Scuderia Ferrari 8C-35 1 0 0 0 0 3rd 17
12C-36 3 0 0 0 1
1937 Scuderia Ferrari 12C-36 3 0 0 0 0 7th 28
Auto Union AG Auto Union C 1 0 0 0 0
1938 Auto Union AG Auto Union D 3 1 0 0 0 5th 20
1938 Auto Union AG Auto Union D 4 0 0 0 0 4th 19

Race winsEdit

Complete European Championship resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 EDC EDC Pts
1931 ITA
Ret
FRA
11
BEL
2
5th 13
1932 ITA
1
FRA
1
GER
2
1st 4
1935 MON
Ret
FRA
Ret
BEL GER
1
SUI
5
ITA
Ret
ESP
Ret
4th 35
1936 MON
4
GER
Ret
SUI
Ret
ITA
2
3rd 17
1937 BEL GER
4
MON SUI
5
ITA
7
7th 28
1938 FRA GER
Ret
SUI
9
ITA
1
5th 20
1939 BEL
Ret
FRA
Ret
GER
Ret
SUI
5
4th 19
Source:[6]

ReferencesEdit

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