Subtitle The Bolognese miracle that amazed the world

Carlo Cavicchi
Price $120.00
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This book draws on an extraordinary archive of beautiful images, the work of Walter Breveglieri, the famous Bolognese photographer. Breveglieri was renowned in Italy for his work with film and sports stars, but his great passion was motor racing.

As an amateur racing driver, he became friends with the Maserati brothers — Ernesto, Ettore and Bindo — and developed enormous loyalty to their marque OSCA (Officine Specializzate Costruzione Automobili), not only competing in OSCA racing cars but also recording the life of the factory and the charismatic machinery it produced. Founded by the Maserati brothers in Bologna in 1947, the same year as the birth of Ferrari in nearby Maranello, OSCA built exquisitely engineered cars, mostly with small-capacity engines, until 1967.

  • The 225 photographs by Walter Breveglieri are mostly reproduced at generous size and capture so much wonderful atmosphere, whether in and around the factory or on the track, with street races of the 1950s featuring strongly. 
  • Because Breveglieri lived near the OSCA factory, he could often drop by and photograph precious moments, such as a visit from Prince Bira or a test by Louis Chiron on nearby public roads. 
  • Long-time employee Mauro Fantuzzi is a focus of the book with his numerous colourful memories of the people and the cars, including insights into the talents and characters of the three Maserati brothers. 
  • Two other employees, Martino Avoni and Luciano Rizzoli, share recollections, including stories about drivers such as Juan Manuel Fangio, Alfonso de Portago, Ricardo Rodriguez and Ludovico Scarfiotti. 
  • Before their deaths, Stirling Moss, who raced his own OSCA in historic events, and Maria Teresa de Filippis provided the author with their reminiscences. 
  • OSCA’s road cars also feature, with bodies by coachbuilders such as Zagato, Vignale and Fissore. 

Nowadays these little jewels, as raced by names like Stirling Moss and Maria Teresa de Filippis, have a dedicated following of car connoisseurs for whom this book will be a treasure trove of evocative imagery.


Format Hardcover Book 272 Pages
ISBN 9781910505915
Size9.25 in x 11.00 in / 234.95 mm x 279.40 mm
Published Date August 27th, 2024
Carlo Cavicchi

Carlo Cavicchi (born 1947) is a celebrated Italian journalist who has been director of weekly magazines Autosprint (1984–99) and SportAutoMoto (2001–08), and the monthly Quattroruote (2010–14). The winner of numerous journalistic awards, he was a member of the Car of the Year jury for 23 years and sat on the Car of the Century world jury in Las Vegas in 1999. His books include Senna Vero (‘The True Senna’), co-written with the great Brazilian ace in 1992 and published in numerous editions. After Senna’s death at Imola in 1994, he campaigned through Autosprint to establish the true cause of the accident.

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