The great small cars that made racing history
Vittorio Stanguellini died Dec. 4, 1981, in Modena at the age of 72. The automotive press around the world remembered him as the daddy of juniors.
The passion for racing is always great, and Francesco, a passionate historic car driver, has passed on the same enthusiasm to his children Simone and Francesca; there is a flag to defend, a tradition and a name to uphold, and they are preparing to be its worthy successors.
FROM ITS ORIGINS TO 1935
Modena has always been a land that begets children who are passionate about motors, cars, and racing cars. People have this passion in their blood that they cannot give up, just as they do not give up a good plate of tortellini and zampone with beans.
Stanguellini is certainly the oldest Modenese name active in the automobile business since 1900, but previously Celso Stanguellini in 1879 had founded a company to produce orchestral timpani with mechanical tuning that he himself patented.
Are motors a family evil? Yes, no doubt, as Francis, son of Celso, raced motor tricycles in the early twentieth century and then a Ceirano and a Scat. Of Fiat, he became Modena’s first representative.
In 1925 the young Scuderia Stanguellini acquired notoriety by racing and winning Mignon motorcycles from Modena.
The athletic and dynamic Francis passed away prematurely in 1932.
Vittorio, the only son, found himself with responsibility for the company at age 19.
However, the young man, who was endowed with an extraordinary intuition for engines, quickly developed both the business and the subject of car tuning, which from 1935 became a real ongoing business.
History and Stanguellini Museum with Patrizio Roversi for Motor Valley of Junior racing car pioneer in the capital of the sports car – Modena