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Count Giannino Marzotto is best known for his two victories in the Mille Miglia – both achieved with school friend Marco Crosana as his navigator. An all-round sportsman and keen pilot, he was one of four brothers who raced successfully as amateurs.
They all drove Ferraris in the 1950 Mille Miglia. The event was marred by three separate fatal accidents but Giannino Marzotto won in the rain. The Italian press christened him as “the man in the double-breasted blue suit” when he emerged from the winning Ferrari 195S immaculately so dressed.
Formula 2 race winner
Although he normally competed in sports cars, Marzotto made a rare single-seater appearance in the inaugural meeting at Rouen-les-Essarts in 1951. The family Scuderia Marzotto ran semi-works Ferraris at the time and Giannino drove a 166F2 in the headlining Formula 2 race that day. He started from the back of the grid after missing practice but won after leaders Stirling Moss and Peter Whitehead both faltered.
Second Mille Miglia victory
However it was the Mille Miglia that defined Marzotto’s racing achievements and he won again in 1953 with a Ferrari 340MM. With Crosana alongside once more, they finished 12 minutes ahead of Juan Manuel Fangio after the Argentinean’s steering to one wheel failed on the Futa Pass.
Marzotto teamed up with his brother Paolo to finish fifth in that year’s Le Mans 24 Hours before concentrating on running the family textile empire thereafter.