Born on this day (29th - April)

Cal Niday

1916 - 1988

Hugh Dibley


Jerry Karl

1941 - 2008

Dale Earnhardt

1957 - 2001

Chad Little


Marcel Albers

1967 - 1992

Ryan Sharp


Died on this day (29th - April)

Baron Pierre de Crawhez

1874 - 1925

Theo Helfrich

1913 - 1978

Bob Akin

1936 - 2002

Rob Walker

1917 - 2002

Chuck Daigh

1923 - 2008

Gioacchino Colombo
Gioacchino Colombo
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9 / 1 / 1903
27 / 4 / 1987
Automobile engine designer. He began work as an apprentice to the great Vittorio Jano at Alfa Romeo. In 1937, Colombo designed the 158 engine for the Alfetta and caught the attention of Enzo Ferrari. After World War II, Ferrari asked Colombo to design a small V12 for use in the new Ferrari marque's racing and road cars. Colombo's great work for Ferrari was a tiny 1.5 L V12, first used in the 166 sports cars. This engine, known in Ferrari circles as the "Colombo engine", was produced for road cars, including the famed 250, for more than 15 years in displacements up to 3.3 L. Sadly, Colombo's engine was not as successful in racing. After stunning early success in the 166, the engine was supercharged for use in Formula 1 but failed to perform well. Ferrari hedged his bets, as he often did, by bringing on competing designer Aurelio Lampredi to create a large naturally-aspirated V12, which replaced Colombo's. Later, Colombo's former mentor, Vittorio Jano, came to Ferrari and displaced the work of both men. Colombo left Ferrari in 1950 and returned to Alfa Romeo. Here, he oversaw the company's racing efforts, including the success that year of Nino Farina and, in 1951, Juan-Manuel Fangio. In 1953, Colombo turned to Maserati and created the 250F Grand Prix car. Two years later, Colombo headed to newly-restarted Bugatti to work on the 251.
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