Ferdinando Minoia

Ferdinando "Nando" Minoia (2 June 1884 – 28 June 1940) was an Italian racing driver with an exceptionally long, distinguished and varied career. In 1907, he won the Coppa Florio driving an Isotta Fraschini. In 1923, he drove the world’s first mid-engine Grand Prix car, the Benz Tropfenwagen. In 1927, he won the inaugural Mille Miglia driving an OM. Finally, in 1931 he became the first ‘European Champion’, driving for Alfa Romeo, but without winning a single event.[1]

Ferdinando Minoia
Ferdinando Minoia in 1931 (cropped).jpg
Minoia in 1931
Born(1884-06-02)2 June 1884
Died28 June 1940(1940-06-28) (aged 56)
European Championship
Years active1931
TeamsAlfa Romeo
Fastest laps0
Championship titles
1931Drivers' Championship

Career notes and milestonesEdit

In 1907, he won the Coppa Florio and the 50,000 Lira prize at the Corse di Brescia driving an Isotta Fraschini for 485.7 km (301.8 mi) in 4 hours 39 minutes.

At the 1923 Italian Grand Prix at Monza he finished fourth in the world’s first mid-engine Grand Prix car, the Benz Tropfenwagen, trailing behind the superior supercharged Fiats. Edmund Rumpler’s ground breaking design used a normally aspirated, 1991 cc, 6 cylinder, twin cam Benz engine delivering only 65 bhp (48 kW) which was mounted behind the driver in the ‘tear drop’ design. The car also featured swing axle independent rear suspension and inboard brakes.

In 1924, at the Targa Florio he drove 4.9-litre Steyr VI Kausen, but retired after 3 laps because the mechanic was exhausted. He also finished 4th in the Italian Grand Prix in the Alfa Romeo P2.

In the 1925 24 Hours of Le Mans, he finished 25th, driving a 2-litre Officine Meccaniche (O.M.) Tipo 665 Superba with Vincenzo Coffani.[2]

In the 1926 24 Hours of Le Mans, he finished 4th, driving a 2-litre O.M. Tipo 665 Superba with Giulio Foresti.[2]

In the 1926 German Grand Prix at the Avus, he set the fastest lap of 161 km/h (100 mph) in his 1.5-litre O.M., but failed to finish. The same year, he finished 5th in a Bugatti 39A at the Grand Prix of Europe at Circuito Lasarte.

In 1927, Minoia won the inaugural Mille Miglia with Giuseppe Morandi, leading an O.M. 123 at average of 48.27 mph (77.68 km/h) for 21 hours 4 minutes 48 seconds. That year, he finished 4th at the Italian Grand Prix in an O.M. 865 and raced a Bugatti 35C at the Targa Florio.[2]

In 1931, the A.I.A.C.R. introduced a European Championship for drivers, that was nominally contested over the three 10-hour Grands Prix, the Italian Grand Prix, French Grand Prix, and Belgian Grand Prix. He accrued sufficient points to become champion without winning a race, narrowly beating his Alfa Romeo teammate Giuseppe Campari, who had jointly won the Italian Grand Prix with Tazio Nuvolari driving the Alfa Romeo Monza. Minoia shared second place in the Italian Grand Prix and shared 6th place in the French Grand Prix driving an Alfa Romeo 8C-2300. He then finished joint 3rd in the Belgian Grand Prix having changed to the Alfa Romeo 6C-1750.[3]

With Carlo Canavesi, he drove a 2.3-litre supercharged Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 in the 1932 24 Hours of Le Mans but failed to finish.[2]

Racing recordEdit

24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
1925   Officine Meccaniche   Vincenzo Coffani O.M. Tipo 665 Superba 2.0 81 DNF DNF
1926   Officine Meccaniche   Giulio Foresti O.M. Tipo 665 Superba 2.0 134 4th 1st
1931   Automobili Alfa Romeo   Giuseppe Campari Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 LM 3.0 - DNS DNS
1932   Automobili Alfa Romeo   Carlo Canavesi Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 LM 3.0 22 DNF DNF

Complete European Championship resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 EDC Pts
1931 SA Alfa Romeo Alfa Romeo 8C-2300 Alfa Romeo 2.3 L8 ITA
1st 9
Alfa Romeo Monza FRA


  1. ^ "Ferdinando "Nando" Minoia (I)". kolumbus.fi. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e "All Results of Ferdinando Minoia". racingsportscars.com. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
  3. ^ "1931". kolumbus.fi. Retrieved October 18, 2017.
  4. ^ "THE GOLDEN ERA – OF GRAND PRIX RACING". kolumbus.fi. Retrieved October 18, 2017.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Winner of the Mille Miglia
1927 with:
Giuseppe Morandi
Succeeded by
Giuseppe Campari
Giulio Ramponi
Preceded by
European Drivers' Champion
Succeeded by
Tazio Nuvolari