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Whatever happened to Giuseppe Furmanik?

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#1 Vitesse2

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 10:09

Giuseppe Furmanik was of Polish descent and was born in Switzerland in 1903: he trained as an engineer and was co-designer of a parachute called the Salvator. In the early 1930s he had been an occasional racing driver, although he was better known for his speed record-setting activities using various Maseratis, his exploits presumably financed from patent royalties on his parachute designs. Acquainted with Il Duce since the mid-1920s and already the recipient of three gold medals for his efforts, in 1937 Furmanik succeeded Count Vicenzo Florio as president of the RACI's Commissione Sportiva Automobilistica Italiana, so he now represented the RACI at AIACR meetings as their delegate on the CSI: although the RACI still nominally controlled the Italian racing calendar via the CSAI the real power now lay with Furmanik, who had a foot in both camps.

Alongside Count Bonacossa, who ran motorcycle racing in Italy, he was therefore pretty much the Italian equivalent of Adolf H├╝hnlein.

The CSAI was re-formed (and reformed) in 1945 under Count 'Tonino' Brivio and a number of other pre-war drivers who were - to a greater or lesser extent - untainted by association with the Fascisti. Furmanik was - understandably - not involved.

Also in early 1945 Corriere dello Sport reported that Furmanik had donated a "substantial" amount of money to their fund for the reconstruction and international rehabilitation of Italian sport.

And then? :confused:


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Posted 08 April 2013 - 20:57

Interesting... Not much, I know, but apparently Furmanik was still around in 1956 : La Stampa reported its participation for the "primo raduno internazionale delle vecche glorie" !

See here : issue 105 for may 3rd, 1956, page 7 http://www.archiviol...nzata/Itemid,3/

Edited by ERault, 08 April 2013 - 20:58.

#3 Arjan de Roos

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 12:14

I only know he died in 1958.

#4 Vitesse2

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Posted 10 April 2013 - 16:16

Thank you both. I must have missed that one when I searched La Stampa! :blush:

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Posted 09 October 2018 - 15:52

Some more on Furmanik.


Aged 11, Joseph (as he was then) Furmanik was living in Alsace with his father and stepmother, when an unfortunate incident while he was 'playing war' led to his - and his father's - internment in Corsica. He was later released and deported to Austria, before meeting his father again by chance in 1919. In due course they moved to Italy, where it appears that young Joseph became Giuseppe and married into money (whose - who was Signora Furmanik?). I'd previously wondered about any connection with the Palazzino Furmanik in Rome - and it appears he is indeed the person it's named after.


I've also found a travel record for him, going to and returning from Lexington, Kentucky - as he apparently also had an interest in horseflesh, that seems to fit!


And the chap who has found more about him also has a death date of 1959 rather than 1958 ...


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