RACING LEGEND NUVOLARI SET FOR NOV. 2 AT IMRRC
GLEN, N.Y. (Oct. 18,
2013) - Legendary
Italian racer Tazio Nuvolari will be the subject of a
Center Conversations talk on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the
International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins
Long fascinated with Nuvolari, Joe
Tierno of Honeoye Falls, N.Y., will
highlight his free talk, “Tazio Nuvolari: His Life and
Times,” with photographs and
film to illustrate Nuvolari’s career and the world in
which he became a champion.
The talk begins at 1 p.m.
A great natural talent, Nuvolari is
regarded by racing experts and historians to be one of
history’s greatest drivers.
“Nuvolari was an enormous personality and
the most loved and admired race driver of his era,” said
award-winning motorsports author Michael Argetsinger,
who is a member of the Racing Research Center’s
Nuvolari served as a driver in the Italian
army before beginning his career racing motorcycles in
1920. Four years later, and again in 1928, he won the
Italian motorcycle championship. His first major victory
in a car came in the 1930 Mille Miglia, Italy's most
famous automobile road race. Over the course of his 30
years of racing, he drove for Alfa Romeo, Scuderia
Ferrari, Maserati, German Auto Union and as an
independent driver in cars constructed by Bugatti,
Maserati and MG.
He had nearly 50 major career wins,
including earning the European Grand Prix championship
in 1932. Nuvolari posted victories in every Grand Prix
race except the Czechoslovakian Grand Prix.
“This legendary Italian driver lived
a fascinating life and was a key player in the saga of
motorsports during the 1930s, the Golden Age of
racing,” Tierno said.
Tierno’s lifetime fascination with Nuvolari
was heightened when he visited Nuvolari’s home on a trip
to Italy in 1996. Tierno was so inspired by the
experience that he has devoted himself to researching
the details of Nuvolari's life and racing career
Tierno saw his first car race in 1952 at
Watkins Glen. Catching the racing bug, his racing resume
includes piloting MGs, go-karts and Formula Vees. He
joined the SCCA in 1955, sponsored by Spankey Smith, Bob
Bucher and Bill Fleming. At the time, he was the
youngest SCCA member in the nation.
In 1958, still in high school, he was a
co-founder of the Binghamton (N.Y.) Automobile Racing
The popular Center Conversations program
has long been a cornerstone of the Racing Research
Center’s educational outreach and oral history
initiative. Noted authors, race historians, drivers,
team owners and track officials have taken listeners
behind the scenes of every race series over the years.
Speakers have included Donald Davidson,
historian at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway; Doug Nye,
writer and historian; David Donohue, racer and son of
famed driver Mark Donohue; Bobby Rahal, driver and team
owner; and the late John Fitch and Bill Milliken, both
legendary figures in road racing.
The Racing Research Center is an archival
library dedicated to the preservation of the history of
motorsports, of all series and all venues, through its
collections of books, periodicals, films, photographs,
fine art and other materials.
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work and its programs, visit www.racingarchives.org or call (607) 535-9044. The Center also is
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CUTLINE: Tazio Nuvolari of Italy receives
the trophy for his victory in the 1936 Vanderbilt Cup
race at Roosevelt Raceway in Westbury, Long Island, N.Y.
(from the International Motor Racing Research Center’s
Associated Press Collection)