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Eugenio Castellotti, Valentino Park GP '55 and more art by Italfoto Archive/all rights reserved

Eugenio Castellotti, Valentino Park GP '55, 1955
100 x 100 x 3 cm (h x w x d)
120 negative roll scan/digital print
for sale
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Eugenio Castellotti
would be the most iconic driver of that era. Stirling Moss said he was " everyone's idea of racing driver dramatic good looks, like a bullfighter or something."
After his father passed away when he was just 20 years old, leaving him an inheritance, the first thing he did was buy a Ferrari sportscar and start racing in rallies and urban races. In the first year, racing in the sport-cars division, he won the Portuguese Grand Prix, was third at Bari, and second at Monaco. In 1953 he won the 10 Hours of Messina and finished third in the Carrera Panamericana in Mexico.
In 1954, with his friend and mentor Alberto Ascari's support, he entered F1 signing a contract with Lancia. He reached his first podium, arriving 2nd in the Monaco GP after battling in the race with S.Moss, A.Ascari, and J.Behra.
A few days later, while testing a Ferrari 750 on the Monza circuit, Ascari asked him to take a few laps; Eugenio loans him the helmet, and few laps after, Ascari had a terrible accident that killed him. After Ascari's death, Lancia retired from F1, and Castellotti has been acquired by Ferrari Team, which ended the season, scoring 3rd place in Monza and 3rd in the Championship ranking. In 1956, although he did well with Ferrari, he only got 2nd place in Monaco GP, but he won instead of the "Mille Miglia" and the "12 hours of Sebring."
March 1957, Enzo Ferrari called him to Monza for a test and asked him to get back the fastest lap record recently made by J. Behra, during which he lost control of the car on a curve and crashed at 124Mph. Castellotti died instantly from a fractured skull



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