The Italian Job Limited Edition Print by Nicholas Watts
The 1948 British Grand Prix
Signed by the artist and Luigi Villoresi (Gigi)
Archival Pigment Print
Overall Size 33ins by 25ins
Image Size 17.5ins by 25.75ins
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Luigi Villoresi (16 May 1909 – 24 August 1997) was an Italian Grand Prix motor racing driver who continued racing on the F1 circuit at the time of its inception.
Born in Milan, Lombardy, and nicknamed “Gigi”, he was the older brother of race car driver Emilio Villoresi who co-piloted with him at the beginning of their careers.
From a prosperous family, Villoresi could afford to buy a car and began competing in local rallies at the age of twenty-two with a Lancia Lambda and a few years later acquired a Fiat Balilla with which he and his brother Emilio competed in the Mille Miglia..
In 1935, he raced in the Coppa Ciano, came, third and went on to capture the Italian driving championship in the 1100 cc sports car class. The following year he and his brother purchased a Maserati which they drove individually in different races. Emilio was so successful that he was signed to drive an Alfa Romeo for Scuderia Ferrari in the 1937 season.
In 1938, Luigi Villoresi joined the Maserati team. Driving the 8CTF model that Maserati had designed to compete with the dominant German Silver Arrows. In 1939, Maserati introduced the Maserati 4CL which Villoresi drove to victory at the 1939 South African Grand Prix. His brother Emilio died later that year while testing an Alfa Romeo 158/159 Alfetta factory racer at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza.
A little over two weeks after his brother’s death, he drove his Maserati to victory at the 1939 Adriatic Grand Prix.] His career was on hold because of World War II. At war’s end, he returned Maserati until 1949 when he signed again with Ferrari debuting in Formula One on 21 May 1950.