Tag Archives: Franco Cortese

Felice Bonetto, Ferrari, Klemcoll, Bari

Felice Bonetto at Bari

We love this portrait of the Italian driver Felice Bonetto, taken before the Bari Grand Prix for F2 cars which was held on June 12, 1949. Bari is a city on the southern part of Italy’s Adriatic coast and the circuit was a temporary street circuit which ran along the sea coast, around the western […]

Ferrari, klemcoll, Cortese, Maranello

Testing on the Abetone

This photograph was taken in May 1949 on the Via Abetone Superiore which runs from the center of Maranello up into the hills southwest of the town. The lower part of the same road the, Abetone Inferiore, runs directly past the main entrance to the Ferrari factory. In the early years at Ferrari the Abetone […]

Ferrari, Brescia, Mille Miglia, klemcoll

Mille Miglia Preparation

This is the scene in Ferrari’s preparation area near Brescia on April 23, 1949 the day before these cars will start the Mille Miglia. Grouped here are three of the new 166MM barchettas with Touring bodywork (nos. 624, 641 and 642) and an earlier 166 Spider Corsa (n. 630). All these cars were team cars […]

Cortese, Klemantaski, Alfa Romeo, Brooklands

Franco Cortese & Louis Klemantaski

It is a foggy morning at Brooklands in November 1938. Franco Cortese, a well-known Italian racing driver, has brought an interesting new Alfa Romeo to England and has asked Louis Klemantaski to look it over. The Alfa is a 6c2500 competition spider. They would both drive the Alfa that morning and Klemantaski would take a […]