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A look back at Alfa Romeo racing

Mon, 03 Jan 2011

Vittorio Jano provided Alfa Romeo with engineering leadership that produced a series of all-conquering racing cars, beginning with the P2 Grand Prix car.

The 6C 1500 and 1750 won the Mille Miglia from 1928 to 1930, while the 8C 2300 won the 24 Hours of Le Mans four consecutive years, from 1931 to 1934. Alfa continued to dominate the Mille Miglia with uninterrupted victories from 1932 to 1938.

The Jano-designed Alfa Romeo Tipo B/P3 won its first race and totaled six victories in 1932, raced by Alfa Corse and driven by Tazio Nuvolari and Rudolf Caracciola.

Scuderia Ferrari, created by former Alfa driver Enzo Ferrari, raced Alfa Romeos with great success from 1933 to 1938.

Alfa Romeo also returned to Grand Prix racing with the Tipo 158/159 that carried Giuseppe Farina and Juan Manuel Fangio to the first two World Championships for Drivers in 1950 and 1951.

The Giulia TZ of the 1960s utilized a tubular frame clothed in lightweight Zagato bodywork. The TZ presented major competition to Porsche and other 2-liter cars with victories at Sebring, Monza, Targa Florio and the N

By Leigh Dorrington