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#1 Nanni Dietrich

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 14:14

Vincenzo Auricchio was a member of the family of the dairy company "Auricchio", which produces the famed "provolone" Italian cheese, since the early decades of 1900. The company was established in Naples and in the 1930s moved to Cremona, northern Italy.

A talented race car driver, Vincenzo Auricchio won his class in the Italian Sportscar Championship in 1947 driving a Stanguellini. He competed until the mid-1950s at the wheel of different machinery such as a Maserati A6GCS, a Cisitalia-Abarth 204a, a Ferrari 166MM and a Fiat 8V, taking part in eight editions of the Mille Miglia. In 1947 he scored one outright win in the Circuit of Pescara - Coppa Acerbo, in a 1.1-litre Stanguellini beating more powerful cars as Franco Cortese's Ferrari and Felice Bonetto's Maserati.

No results are available after 1955, possibly he decided to quit racing.

On 12 July 1970 a powerboat driver by the name of Vincenzo Auricchio lost his life in an accident during an European Championship race on the Lecco Lake. He was reported to be a 54-year old industrialist from Naples, who lived in Cremona. Here is the Motorsport-Memorial page on him:
http://www.motorspor...hp?db=b&n=10539

I'm convinced that he could be the same person.


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#2 David McKinney

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Posted 27 March 2012 - 17:46

There was a Gennaro Auricchio who competed with 2.3 Alfas in the 1930s - his father, maybe?

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Posted 28 March 2012 - 20:39

Aged 54 in 1970 would make Vincenzo 14 in 1930, so I would speculate that Gennaro may have been his elder brother rather than his father.

#4 Nanni Dietrich

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Posted 29 March 2012 - 16:21

The founder of the "Auricchio", about 1870, was Mr. Gennaro Auricchio.
According to the wikipedia page
http://it.wikipedia....nnaro_Auricchio
his grandson by the same name managed the company until the early 2000s!
He was born in 1914, so he raced the Alfa Romeo in his twenties.

Vincenzo Auricchio (born 1916) could be his brother.

Gennaro Auricchio's Wikipedia page does not mention any brother... :evil:

#5 Nanni Dietrich

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 15:10

Vincenzo Auricchio who died in the powerboat accident on the Lecco lake in 1970, was the same person who competed in sportscar races in the late 1940s and 1950s. He quit racing in 1957, after Portago's Mille Miglia accident and the ban of road racing in Italy.
Several years later he moved to powerboat racing.

The driver named Gennaro Auricchio who raced in the 1920s and 1930s was not his brother, but an elder member of the family (an uncle).

Source: Auricchio family.

Edited by Nanni Dietrich, 11 April 2012 - 15:11.


#6 David McKinney

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Posted 11 April 2012 - 15:46

Thanks Nanni :up: