During an extraordinary career spanning over about three decades, Ferdinando Minoia, “Nando” Minoia as he was known, specialized in harrowing road races. Among his successes was the 1907 Coppa Florio held at Brescia, and the first edition of the Mille Miglia, held in 1927. He achieved two second places in the gruelling Targa Florio and took part four times in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with a best finish of fourth, in 1926. In 1931 he was crowned the European Driver Champion in a works Alfa Romeo 6C-1750, but without winning a single event.
The original family name was spelled Minoja, but in the 1930s it was modified into Minoia.
Since then this spelling was spread to other sources, books, newspapers all over the world, and thereafter the name Ferdinando Minoia was propagated to almost any other account, until today. But, on his gravestone in the Cimitero Monumentale in Milan, Italy, his name is showed to be Ferdinando Minoja.
Edited by Nanni Dietrich, 28 May 2023 - 09:55.