Posted 31 October 2010 - 23:19
Posted 01 November 2010 - 15:02
Always sad to post news of a nice guy's death. Gino Macaluso, former sometime racing driver, Ferrari enthusiast, car nut, rally car collector and head of Girard-Perregaux watches suffered a fatal heart attack last week, aged only 61. A very impressive man.
That is really bad news. Gino was one of nature's gentlemen and with his late friend Count Vittorio Zanon they kept all their cars in a small industrial estate just outside Turin. Gino used to come on our Ecurie Ecosse Tour and not many people know that he was the European Rally Championship winning co-driver with Rafaele Pinto in, I think, 1972 in a factory Fiat 124 Spyder. He was also co-driver to Clay Regazzoni in the spectacular Abarth prepared Fiat X1/9 on the Giro d'Italia and has the car in his collection.
He was at University with Luca de Montezemolo which accounted for the long term link between Girard Perrigaux and Ferrari with a whole range of special watches. I remember spending two days with Gino photographing all his rally cars at the time : he was to buy many more. Every one of them was a works car.
In additon to Girard-Perregaux he was Italian distributor for Brietling.
Motor sport has lost a true Italian gentleman.
Posted 01 November 2010 - 16:58
And put something back through his business too.
Posted 19 November 2010 - 13:57
Gino was a true gentleman and a successful entrepreneur. Such men are not easily replaced.