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Cesare Perdisa

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#1 Richard Jenkins

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Posted 25 September 2002 - 22:35

Perdisa is a man who always interests me. One, because he is officially classified as finishing all his GP's, a record seven.
Two, because of his raw eggs eating just before the start of a GP, I believe
Thirdly, because I always wonder "What If?" as he retired so early in his life & career
Fourthly, as I don't know too much about him, bar the basic guides to his career & life whilst as a racing driver.

I think Perdisa could've been somewhat of a household name if he'd carried on & had a bit of luck? Any memories, thoughts, hypotheuses, ancedotes of Perdisa?


#2 Hans Etzrodt

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Posted 26 September 2002 - 06:06

Without a question, Italy and Maserati lost a great driving talent when Cesare Perdisa gave up the sport after two years on pressure by his parents. What might have been we shall never know. So, what happened to him since he did not die on the track like so many other fine drivers of the fifties?

#3 Vitesse2

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Posted 26 September 2002 - 11:48

In the early 60s he appears to have been a Maserati dealer:



It looks like he may have continued to race (or more likely hillclimb) at national level too. Not a very good example, I'm afraid and auto-translated:


I've seen references to him winning a hillclimb twice, but no dates were quoted, although 1960 was mentioned again. Possibly using a Lancia-Abarth (???)

Died in his bed, of, according to Ferrari Club Forli, "disease": very helpful!