Lancia Aurelia B20s caused a stir on the 1951 Mille Miglia, as Maglioli and co-driver Giovanni Bracco finished 2nd.
Umberto Maglioli was a man who clearly knew where he was coming from. He once said he was good at driving extremely powerful cars and explained that, if he and nine other top drivers each competed in 100-hp racers, he would probably come 9th or 10th. If the same 10 raced against each other in vehicles of 250-hp, he would cross the finish line 5th or 6th. But if they each had 500-hp cars, he would win, especially if none of the competitors knew the route, because he could interpret roads instinctively.
That special gift helped him to win the tortuous Targa Florio three times, a record that was never broken. He is probably best remembered, however, for winning Mexico’s last Carrera Panamericana in 1954 in a Ferrari 375 Plus.
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