Tazio Giorgio Nuvolari was born in Castel d’Ario (Mantova) on November 16, 1892, and went down in history as one of the greatest drivers of all times. He started racing in 1920 alternating motorcycles and cars. He would excel with both.
During his motorcycle years, Nuvolari obtained 69 victories (36 outright and 33 class wins), the 1924 European Championship, both 1924 and 1926 Italian Championships and three International Speed records. On no less than eight occasions, whilst riding a Bianchi 350, with which he was so successful, he managed to beat all the other riders driving 500 cc. bikes.
Achieving success in car racing required from him devoting time and perseverance. After having won some races as a privateer, he got an Alfa Romeo works car for the 1930 Mille Miglia. He dominated the race at a record average speed of over 100-kph.
During the 1930’s he became an outstanding star of road and track racing in Europe, Africa and America, driving mainly Scuderia Ferrari’s Alfa Romeos, Maseratis and Auto Unions.
After the Second World War, despite his age and declining health, with his soul devastated by the death nine years apart of his two sons, Giorgio and Alberto (both eighteen), he still won some races and was the leading force in two other that he did not win but dominated extensively, the 1947 and 1948 editions of the Mille Miglia
His racing record driving cars includes 92 wins (55 outright, 37 class), the European Championship in 1932, three Italian Championships (1932, 1935, 1936) and two International Speed records. In total, he recorded the fastest lap of a race no less than 101 times (42 in motorcycles, 59 whilst driving a racing car).
Whilst he survived a series of horrific accidents during his career, he died on 11 August 1953 in his bed at home in Mantua, victim of a heart attack. He was still a very popular figure.
Ferdinand Porsche named him «the greatest driver of the past, present and future».