Dec 09 2016

Driver of the Week: Alessandro Cagno (1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race)

This week's Driver of the Week is Italian Alessandro Cagno who drove the #12 Itala to a seventh place finish in the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race.


Howard Kroplick

Courtesy of the book "The First American Grand Prix" by Tanya A. Bailey

Cagno driving the #12 Itala during the 1906 Vanderbilt Cup Race.

Cagno at the wheel of the Itala at the 1908 American Grand Prize in Savannah (courtesy of John and Ginger Duncan).


Dec 10 2016 Davide Grappolo 5:15 PM

A detail not written in the book is that he was the rider mechanic of Vincenzo Lancia in the 1903 Paris-Madrid race. This was the very first international race he took part, followed by the Ardennes Circuit one month later - but this time, as official FIAT driver. In the belgian race he arrived 3rd (not 2nd) in the light car class, 10th overall.
Sad note: Alessandro committed suicide two days after his wife’s death, at age of 88.

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