Emilio J. Lezcano

Journalist - Editor - Photographer Professional Race Car Driver

Alfa Romeo

Alfa Romeo started motor racing almost immediately after it was founded. A.L.F.A. ventured into motor racing in 1911, with drivers Franchini and Ronzoni competing in the Targa Florio with two 24 HP models.  The marque’s first success came in 1913 when Nino Franchini finished second in Parma-Poggio Berceto race with a 40-60 HP and Giuseppe Merosi built a very advanced racing car in 1914, which was named the Grand Prix. In 1920 Giuseppe Campari won the race at Mugello with a 40-60 HP,  Enzo Ferrari was second in Tange in the same year. A year later Giuseppe Campari won at Mugello again Ugo Sivocci won the 1923 Targa Florio with an RL and  Antonio Ascari took second. Sivocci’s car was painted with the green cloverleaf on a white background that was to become Alfa’s good luck token. Alfa Romeo team: Antonio Ascari, Giusepe Campari, Tazio Nuvolari, Luigi Arcangeli, Achille Varzi and Giulio Ramponi (Chief Mechanic).

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Alberto Ascari

Alberto ‘Ciccio’ Ascari, born in Milan on July 13, 1918, was just seven years old when his famous father Antonio, the star of the Alfa Romeo Team and the reigning European champion, was killed while leading the French Grand Prix at Montlhery in 1925.

When he was 19 years old was hired to ride for the Bianchi motorcycle team.  His four-whell drive came in the 1940 Mille Miglia, where Enzo Ferrari gave him a ride in a Ferrari Tipo 815 Spyder.

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The Adler Fahrradwerke produced bicycles, typewriters, and motorcycles in addition to cars since 1900.  Before World War I, the company use De Dion two-and-four cylinder engines in cars that ranged from 1032 cc to 9081 cc.Continue reading