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Piero Drogo

Born:
8th August 1926
Vignale Monferrato, Piedmont (I)
Died:
28th April 1973 (Aged 46)
Bologna, Emilia-Romagna (I)
Nationality:
Venezuelan
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Biography

Piero Drogo was an Italian-born amateur who raced in South America during the 1950s and briefly competed in Europe. He won a minor Venezuelan sports car race at Marcay in 1956 with a Mercedes-Benz 300SL and he was seventh on his World Sportscar Championship debut in the 1957 Buenos Aires 1000Kms.

That was with a Scuderia Madunina Ferrari 500 Testa Rossa and he finished fourth a year later with Sergio González and a 250TR when the first local crew to finish. He travelled to Europe but retired Fernand Tavaro’s similar car from the 1958 Le Mans 24 Hours when the engine failed after 45 laps.

Drogo worked as a mechanic for Stanguellini as he struggled to establish himself in European racing. Limited funds blunted his opportunities and fifth in the 1959 Targa Florio with a Scuderia Centro Sud Maserati A6G was his best result in a major race.

He did get a chance to start a world championship Grand Prix when the British teams boycotted the 1960 Italian GP at Monza. As the organisers frantically strove to fill its field, Drogo was included with a Scuderia Colonia Cooper T43-Climax. He qualified in 15th position and finished eighth (albeit five laps off the pace) in what was his last major race.

He remained in Italy and settled in Modena where he ran a company that modified Ferrari road cars. Drogo was killed in a road accident after hitting a stationary lorry in a tunnel near Bologna.

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