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Born on this day (29th - April)

Cal Niday

1916 - 1988


Hugh Dibley

1937


Jerry Karl

1941 - 2008


Dale Earnhardt

1957 - 2001


Chad Little

1963


Marcel Albers

1967 - 1992


Ryan Sharp

1979



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



Nicola Romeo
Nicola Romeo
ITALY

Born
28 / 4 / 1876
Died
15 / 8 / 1938

Nicola Romeo, was born near Naples in 1876, graduating in engineering in 1900 before travelling overseas to gain wider work experience.  On his return to Italy in 1911, Romeo starts his own company, producing mining machinery and other associated heavy equipment.  His purchase of the ailing ALFA concern, is apparently not even motivated, initially at least, by any desire to build cars.  Instead, it's generally accepted that he purchases the ALFA company to simply gain control of the Portello factory - using it to manufacture military equipment to support his country's involvement in the First World War.  With production successfully underway at the factory, Romeo is soon encouraged to start assembling trucks by the transportation starved Italian government …and so begins Alfa Romeo's vehicle manufacture under Nicola's ownership. 

By the time the First World War has ended in 1918, Romeo had further acquired several other manufacturing companies - and in the company's first post war prospectus, published on the 3rd of February 1918, he grandly announces that the purpose of the new company is ..."the construction and management of engineering, steel, agricultural, mining, chemicals and quarrying companies with particular emphasis on military, aviation, marine and agricultural equipment as well as the building of internal combustion engines for all possible applications in airplanes, automobiles, locomotives and other wheeled transport"! 

In 1927 the company came close to liquidation, thanks in part to the collapse of its majority shareholder, the Banca Italiana di Sconto.  Thankfully however, Alfa Romeo’s reputation was already well established in Europe and America and the company was rescued. But the dictates and changes forced upon the company werer too much for Nicola Romeo, and he severed all links with the company that bears his name, in 1928.

It married Angelina Valadin and had 7 sons (Maurizio, Edoardo, Nicholas, Elena, Giulietta, Piera and Irene)

He passed away serenely on 15 August of the 1938 at its house on Lake Como.