It is so odd how you come by fascinating facts about racers from so many years ago.
My Wife was looking up Faenza in Italy. We are off to get some autumn sun at the last round of the Italian GT Championship at Imola. Yup. Fly to Bologna. Do the Maranello bit then look for somewhere nice before three days at the track.
In her looking up Faenza she came across the name Dario Resta. I am suddenly bombarded by facts about him being born there before going to England at the age of 2. This chap grew up to be a fine racer and many of you will know that he won the 1916 Indy 500. Won quite a few races actually. By pure chance it transpires that after World War 1 he came back to England and was killed on this day 99 years ago having a crack at the Land Speed Record at the Brooklands track.
Sure there are masses of interesting facts and tracks from that era but I was taken by his story. Anyone do the 1916 winner as a kit?
Post by kyledehart5 on Sept 3, 2023 13:57:28 GMT -5
Ah yes the winner of the Indianapolis 300 since it was decided 500 miles was too long. Dario also married the sister a fellow racer, Spencer Wishart. Tragically killed at a young age at a race in Elgin Illinois after hitting a tree. I’m not sure of any kits of the Resta car. I did see a clip of Peugeot L45 chassis #1 running up the hill at goodwood. They said only 2 of the cars survive today. A lovely machine and the peak of Motorsports around that time along with the big Mercedes. Resta actually brought his Peugeot home in 2nd to Ralph DePalma the year before he won. Would be cool to have a kit of this car for sure. Quite a driver.