Emilio Giletti (20 April 1929 – 4 January 2020)[1] was an Italian racing driver. He made a name for himself in the early 1950s, after the racing experience took possession of the family factory, and was later the owner of Giletti S.p.A. His son Massimo Giletti, is a popular Italian television host.

Emilio Giletti
NationalityItaly Italian
Born(1929-04-20)20 April 1929
Trivero, Kingdom of Italy
Died4 January 2020(2020-01-04) (aged 90)
Novara, Italy

Racing careerEdit

Emilio Giletti only entered 25 races between 1951 and 1955, racing mainly Ferraris and Maseratis. In 1953, his big break came when Maserati decided to offer three young drivers the chance to drive their sportscars; Emilio was chosen along with Luigi Musso and Sergio Mantovani. It was with the Officine Alfieri Maserati squad, when he scored his biggest win, when he took a class victory on the 1953 Mille Miglia.[2][3]

During this period, he enjoyed some success, scoring his only race win, in the 1952 non-championship Trofeo della Reggione Sardo and finished on the podium in the 1953 Targa Florio. Away from Sportscars, Giletti raced in just one Formula One race, the 1953 Gran Premio di Modena, but retired due to a valve failure with his Maserati A6GCM. He was also originally listed to race in the 1954 Gran Premio de la Republica Argentina, but Maserati gave the drive to Musso instead.[4][5][6][7]

After finishing seventh in the 1955 Giro di Sicilia, he retired from International Motor Sport.[8]

Giletti S.p.A.Edit

Despite his passion for speed, he abandoned motorsport when he inherited the family business, Giletti S.p.A., one of the leading companies in the production of yarns, and under his control, now have a well-established reputation as a technologically advanced company in the development of its production cycle, as well as their technical socks for sport.[9][10]

In October 2012, Emilio was sentenced to nine months’ imprisonment, suspended, for manslaughter following the death of a Giletti S.p.A. employee, Massimo Sasso, in September 2008.[11]

Racing recordEdit

Career highlightsEdit

Season Series Position Team Car
1952 Trofeo Sardo [12] 1st Scuderia Guastella Ferrari 166 MM
Giro di Sicilia [13] 3rd Lancia Aurelia B20
Giro dell’Umbria [14] 3rd Ferrari 166 MM
Circuito di Senigallia [S2.0] [15] 3rd Scuderia Guastella Ferrari 166 MM
1953 Targa Florio [16] 2nd Officine Alfieri Maserati Maserati A6GCS/53

Complete Mille Miglia resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Pos. Class
Pos.
1952 Emilio Giletti   Walter Loro-Piana Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta Touring S2.0 DNF
1953   Guerino Bertocchi Maserati A6GCS/53 S2.0 6th 1st

Complete 12 Ore di Pescara resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Pos. Class
Pos.
1952   Sergio Sighinolfi Ferrari 166 MM S+2.0 6th 4th

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Addio a Emilio Giletti. Fu pilota della Maserati e amico di Fangio (in Italian)
  2. ^ http://www.grandprix.con/grp/drv-muslui.html[dead link]
  3. ^ "Mille Miglia 1953 - Racing Sports Cars". www.racingsportscars.com. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Emilio Giletti (I) - All Results - Racing Sports Cars". www.racingsportscars.com. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  5. ^ "Data Search Results - ChicaneF1.com". chicanef1.com. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  6. ^ "Emilio Giletti - TNF's Archive". The Autosport Forums. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  7. ^ "La Cagliari-Sassari-Cagliari, Trofeo della Reggione Sarda 1951-1956". www.velocetoday.com. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  8. ^ "Giro di Sicilia 1955 - Race Results - Racing Sports Cars". www.racingsportscars.com. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 February 2015. Retrieved 9 September 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "Anche Giletti sostiene il Giro d'Italia Amatori - 4 Granfondo". 4Granfondo (in Italian). 13 March 2014. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  11. ^ http://www.lastampa.it/2012/10/10/edizioni/biella/operaio-morto-in-fabbrica-condannato-l-imprenditore-RUHZpCY95MDJQCdHTn40NK/pagina/html[dead link]
  12. ^ "Trofeo Sardo 1952 - Race Results - Racing Sports Cars". www.racingsportscars.com. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  13. ^ "Giro di Sicilia 1952 - Race Results - Racing Sports Cars". www.racingsportscars.com. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  14. ^ "Giro dell'Umbria 1952 - Race Results - Racing Sports Cars". www.racingsportscars.com. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  15. ^ "Circuito di Senigallia [S2.0] 1952 - Race Results - Racing Sports Cars". www.racingsportscars.com. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
  16. ^ "Targa Florio 1953 - Race Results - Racing Sports Cars". www.racingsportscars.com. Retrieved 22 June 2016.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Di Suni
Madau
Trofeo della Reggione Sardo
1952
Succeeded by
Eugenio Castellotti