Posted 08 April 2004 - 21:24
Point 1, This is why I suspect the "Haybale Story", yet I know I read it from a credible source. Keep in mind, Tazio was known for doing what Tazio wanted. Sometimes his impetuous behavior got him into trouble later. Point 2, The Finger Story I just found again in Autosport, November, 20, 2003 on page 66. At the Circuit of Modena not Monaco (my mistake) in 1934, "Nuvolari in his Maserati passed Varzi on the outside of Monument Corner, giving Varzi the finger as he did so. This happened in front of Enzo Ferrari." Point 3, Read: When Nuvolari Raced, Valerio Moretti Pages 45. "Vittorio Jano was preparing to launch the 8C-35 monoposto" but it was late in coming so a Tipo B "P3" was updated. "Jano knew that what was needed was a 'secret weapon' to stand a chance against the German teams for 1935". The secret weapon was Nuvolari so an agreement would have to be reached between Tazio and the "hated" Enzo Ferrari. Page 46: Vittorio Jano took the initiative. In early February he called Nuvolari and told him that something new awaited him in Portello. Tazio came from Paris in one day to see the car that had been built for him if he wanted it. He did and he next left for Piacenza and worked out a contract with Comm. Ferrari. Thanks for the reply.