Polvere e Gloria


This book is one that would interest those who like Italian sports cars of the late 1940’s and into the 1950s.

It is quite a big book by my friend Gianni Cancellieri and Cesare de Agostino and was published by Giorgio Nada. Essentially it is a photographic history of the Gold Cup Dolomite races from 1947 – 1956

Such editorial copy is written in Italian but this is a bookj of sports cars on an amazing road course in the Dolomites. What is interesting to the historian is that one find early photographs of drivers who were to become more famous in later years and though the captions are in Italian they are easy to interpret.

It is a coffee table book and is a “dipper” which means that one keeps dipping into it and finding new photos of some of the more interesting Italian sports cars. For instance one finds a rare photo of Franco Rol the grand prix driver at the wheel of a 1947 Simca-Gordini which must have been one of the first Gordini sold into Italy, or Maria-Teresa de Filippis racing her Urania-BMW that used a BMW motorcycle engine and even Otto Mahe in one of the fully streamlined 1949 Porsche/Volkswagens.

By 1950 the Ferrari’s had come along and we can see how dominant they became in this style of open road racing. In 1951, for example, we see Eugenion Castelotti in one of his early Ferrari drives with a 166 MM and Umberto Maglioli in an early cycle wing Maserati A6GCS.

There are full results of all the races at the back and here we find all sorts of interesting names

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Price including postage UK and Europe £45, Price including postage USA and World £50