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    Posted on March 8, 2012 by Selby

     



    Giuseppe "Nino" Farina Motor Racing Memorabilia

    Giuseppe “Nino” Farina - First Ever F1 World Champion  – Motor Racing Memorabilia from the 1950 British Grand Prix  at Silverstone is Rare and sought after by Fans and Collectors.

    Nino (1906 – 1966) the legendary Italian racing driver was born in Turin, he raced with the Alfa Romeo and Ferrari teams between 1950 -1955. He won his first F1 race the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in 1950. Later that year driving the Alfa Romeo Straight 8, he also won the Swiss Grand Prix at Bremgarten and Italian Grand Prix at Monza. He could be temperamental and erratic on the track  often pushing the car to the limit and beyond, during his career he had more than his fair share of accidents, with at times, apparent disregard for his safety. This was at a time when the mortality rate of racing drivers was high, it is ironic that he met his death in a road accident between Geneva and Chambery on route to the French Grand Prix, Nino was 59 years old.

    Nino is etched in the History of Motor Racing for his style and triumphs, yet a fact that these days escapes attention is his pioneering of the modern day racing position “arms straight “ this is a position which racing enthisasts were still imitating in the early sixties.

    As a young man growing up Nino was interested in cars, learning to drive before his teens. He became an excellent student diligent in his studies, whilst showing enthusiasm for skiing, running, horse riding, soccer and cycling.

    Nino attended Turin University where he received a Doctorate in Political Science, whilst a student he purchased a second hand Alfa Romeo which he entered in the 1932 Italian International Hill Climb Championships; he crashed the car and did not complete the competition.

    Following a brief spell in the Cavalry he decided to invest his time and money in Motor Racing.

    Giuseppe Farina Motor Racing Memorabilia is rare, I have been fortunate to have procured a mounted Sepia Press Photographs which are separately signed beneath, of the 1950 British and Swiss Grand Prix; I would like to locate some earlier Collectables from hill climbing events, early Sports Car Competitions and the Italian driving Championships.

    He moved up to Circuit Racing the following year where he entered his own privately run Maserati in a number of National and International competitions, he showed plenty of promise over the next three years before his racing impressed Enzo Ferrari who offered him a drive for the Scuderia Ferrari  Alfa Romeo Team. In 1936 he finished 2nd in the Mille Miglia. The following year 1937 he won the Naples GP along with enough other races to become Italian Driver Champion from 1937, 38.39, his first major victory was the 1940 Tripoli Grand Prix held in Libya driving an Alfa Romeo, this was his last chance to shine as World War 2 brought an end to the competition for next few years. On his return in 1946 he immediately won the GP des Nations at Geneva driving an Alfa 158; he repeated his win at St Cloud.

    Following a break from competing he returned in 1948, driving an independent Maserati, he won the 1948 Monaco Grand Prix in a Maserati 4CLT joined on the podium by Louis Chiron and Baron Emmanuel de Graffenried.

    I bought at auction a particularly  good original photo presentation from the 1948 Monaco Grand Prix, Nino has hand signed his autograph which is mounted beneath the photographs.

    He continued with the car the following season winning the Lausanne GP in a Maserati 4CLT 48 over 90 laps. He was placed 2nd to Ascari in the Daily Express International Trophy at Silverstone (Ferrari 125) prior to winning the Rosario Argentina Grand Prix (Ferrari 125).

    Getting off to an excellent start in the 1950 season driving a supercharged Alfa Romeo 158, Nino won the British, Swiss and Italian Grand Prix to become the first ever World Champion, he had 30 points. The same year Fangio won Monaco, Belgium and French Grand Prix taking 2nd place in the World Championship on 27 points.

    The same year Nino (Alfa) won the Formula 1 race, 1V Gran Premio di Bari at the Lungomare Circuit in Italy, he was joined on the podium by Juan Fangio (Alfa) and Stirling Moss (HWM alta).

    His only Championship success in 1951 was at the Belgium Grand Prix where his Alfa took the honours against the Ferrari’s of Ascari and Villoresi.

    In the 1952 season Nino driving for Ferrari, was completely overshadowed by his teammate Alberto Ascari who won 6 of the 8 season’s races, Nino although taking pole in both the Swiss and British Grand Prix did not win any World Championship races.

    Nino won the 1953 German Grand Prix (Ferrari) at the age of 47, the same year he joined fellow F1 driver Mike Hawthorn winning the Spa 24 hour Endurance race driving the Ferrari 375mm.

    Nino was badly burned in a crash in the 1954 Supercortemaggiore Sports Car Race at Monza putting him out of action for rest of the season, on his return to Ferrari in 1955 he got a 2nd place in Argentina, 4th at Monaco 3rd at Spa, he continued to drive but the writing was on the wall and he soon retired to run a successful Alfa Romeo distributorship.

    Rare as it is there are still examples of Giuseppe Farina Motor Racing Memorabilia available although it is more likely found at specialist auction sites. Collectables from the early hill climb days would be excellent as would any associated with the 1950  Britain, Swiss, Italy Grand Prix,  leading up to the World Championship.

    I would advise online purchasers of Sports Collectables to read a recent article of mine called “Rare autographs real or fake” this will point out the many pitfalls in purchasing “signed” Collectables online.

     

    Tony Selby

    Motor Racing Memorabilia


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