Veröffentlicht: 28 April 2009 in Uncategorized

28. April – VOR 35 JAHREN: Niki Lauda gewinnt den Grand Prix von Spanien 1974 in Jarama und erobert damit den ersten Sieg seiner Karriere in der Formel 1 und gleichzeitig den 50. Triumph von Ferrari. Links im Bild sieht man den Freudensprung von Luca di Montezemolo, damals Team-Manager der Roten, der unbändig das Ende einer Durstrecke von zwei Jahren ohne Siege der Scuderia feiert.

Stress, Übersetzung ist heute nicht drin.


28/4/1973, Piero Drogo dies.

Drogo raced extensively on the South American continent in sports cars and saloons. He took seventh in the 1956 Venezuelan GP at Caracas, and in 1957 won his class with a Ferrari Testa Rossa in the Buenos Aires 1000 Km. Fourth place overall in the same event a year later encouraged Piero to head for Europe to try his luck, but his first visit to Le Mans ended in disappointment when the car was eliminated in an accident. Basing himself in Italy, he ran out of money in 1959 and found employment as a mechanic for Stanguellini to keep body and soul together. His chance to race in a Grand Prix came when he was invited to help fill the grid for the 1960 Italian event which was subject to a boycott by the British teams. Subsequently he formed Carrozzeria Sportscars in the early sixties which produced a number of re-bodied Ferraris known because of their square backs as ‚breadvans‘, as well as producing the bodies for the lovely P-type Ferrari’s. Drogo lost his life in a road accident in 1972 when his car ploughed into the back of an unlit truck which had broken down in a tunnel.

Born: 8th of August 1926 in Vignale, Italy;
Died. 28th of April 1973 in Bologna, Italy, aged 46 years


28/4/1916, Ferruccio Lamborghini is born in Renazzo di Cento, Italy.

A wealthy tractor manufacturer in the 40s, Lamborghini once owned a Ferrari. He soon noticed that some of the clutch components were the same as the ones he used on his tractors. He approached Enzo Ferrari with his criticism, and Ferrari, brushing him off as a simple tractor manufacturer, refused to listen. Lamborghini then vowed revenge and setup his own rival sports car manufacturer nearby the Ferrari factory. His first car, the Lamborghini 350GT, was superior in every respect that Lamborghini had criticised in his own Ferrari. His third model, the Miura, was a ground-breaking and legendary car in the mould of Ferrari’s 250 GTO and 365 GTB/4 Daytona.

The crest of the company, a bull, was taken from Lamborghini’s zodiac sign, Taurus. The Miura was named after a trainer of fighting bulls, Don Eduardo Miura. The famous Countach was named after a local Italian colloquialism, after someone saw the design and exclamed: „Countach!“, pronounced „koon-touch“. Ferrucio Lamborghini had already sold the company when the marque entered Formula 1 in 1989 as an engine supplier and competed in 80 Grands Prix. Even Lamborghini branded F1 cars were entered in the 1991 World Championship, but never scored any points and the team withdrew after just one season.

Born: 28th of April 1916, in Renazzo di Cento, Ferrara, Italy.
Died: 20th of February 1993 in Perugia, Italy, aged 76.


28/4/1973, Carlos Alberto Menditeguy is born in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Carlos Menditeguy was a regular in the Argentinian Grand Prix and one of the top six Polo players in the world. He led the 1956 Argentine Grand Prix until, missing a gear, he broke the car’s half-shaft and slid the Maserati into a fence. Notoriously hard on his machinery, he did manage to keep it together in 1957 to take a third behind Juan-Manuel Fangio and Jean Behra in his home Grand Prix. All were driving Maserati 250F’s.

This performance persuaded Maserati to give him an opportunity to race in Europe. He felt that he was given ill prepared machinery while Maserati felt that he was too hard on the cars. Whatever the truth, he returned to Argentina mid-season in disgust. In 1958 he shared Godia’s Maserati to take third place in the Buenos Aires City GP, and in 1960, in the last Argentine Grand Prix for more than a decade, showed his talent had not deserted him by taking a Centro Sud Cooper into fourth place.

Born: 10th of August 1915 in Buenos Aires, Argentina;
Died: 27th of April 1973 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, aged 57


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