Balestrero's career lasted 25 years and included over 200 races. He was run over and killed while showing his papers to a policeman who had stopped him on the Turin Autostrada.
Renato Balestrero died 72 years ago, he was 50
One of Italy's greatest race car drivers and the oldest person to win a Formula 1 race when he won the French Grand Prix in 1951 at an age of 53 years and 22 days. Fagioli was muscular, built like a boxer and had a temperament that fitted his appearance. He also had the best nickname in the business....'The Abruzzi Robber'!