Berardo Taraschi Takes a Spin Around Brindisi

Maybe it’s not quite the same as watching Enzo race his own Ferrari, or Henry race his own Ford, or Ferdinand race his own Porsche, but there’s something romantic about this footage of Berardo Taraschi piloting a car of his own make through the streets of Brindisi. Berardo took the win for the event, running the 69km race through the seaside town on Italy’s heel in just over 40 minutes: a 102 km/hr average isn’t bad at all for a 750cc powered Giaur.

With so little information out on the web about the Brindisi race, it makes me all the sadder that I can’t understand more than a few words of the commentary the goes along with this video. But I think I hear mention of the legendary Anna Maria Peduzzi as a participant in the race as well. I can’t remember ever seeing any footage of her in the car before. Is she driving the ’52 Stanguellini we wrote about in 2010? What a treat!

As always, if it’s little, Italian, and beautiful, Cliff has you covered.

6 responses to “Berardo Taraschi Takes a Spin Around Brindisi”

  1. Steve says:

    I didn’t understand much of the Italian. Is it possible Anna Maria was the female with her arm in a cast, shown briefly about 40 seconds in? In the group pan at about 1:38 is the same woman kneeling, and the announcer mentions her a few seconds later.
    Great stuff. Thanks

  2. Rich says:

    My notes are limited, but I think this is 1st November 1953 – Taraschi won, and the model types seem to fit well. The chap doing the arguing (and driving Car 4: Stanguellini S750) is Sesto Leonardi, who was classified second. I can’t spot Anna Maria’s Giaur in the eight cars seen, but that could be me (one car is obscured throughout, even frame-by-frame). Car 14 is a Bandini ‘Torpedo’, which you don’t see every day.

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