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Born on this day (25th - April)

Arthur Chevrolet

1884 - 1946


Herb Ardinger

1910 - 1973


Jean Lucas

1917 - 2003


Sergio Sighinolfi

1925 - 1956


Hans Laine

1945 - 1970


Vicente Alberto Pernía

1949


Cor Euser

1957


Duncan Dayton

1959


Klaus Panchyrz

1963


1965


Felipe Massa

1981



Died on this day (25th - April)

Frank Lockhart

1903 - 1928


Fred Frame

1894 - 1962


1934 - 1965


1895 - 1972


Michele Alboreto

1956 - 2001


John Love

1924 - 2005


Archie Bryde

1919 - 2008



Angelo Villafranca
Angelo Villafranca
BRAZIL

Born
2 / 8 / 1908
Died
5 / 3 / 1945

He was born in Saint Fé, Granada, Spain. When he was 11 he moved with his parents to São Paulo in Brazil. He came form a racing family and he first competed in the mid 1930s. He was a member of the Volante Club de São Paulo and won a number of their races including the Rei e Rainha do Volante de San Paulo in a Bugatti.

In 1936 he entered his Stutz in the I GP Cidade de São Paulo. Unfortunately he car failed srutineering and even after making the neccessary changes he was still excluded. It was in this race that Hellé Nice, when dicing de Teffé for third position, crashed into the grandstand leaving five dead and thirty injured.

Angelo won a number of local races but rarely competed in International events. One of them however was on the 29th of May 1938, when he finished 7th overall in the I Circuito da Gávea Nacional and 4th in the Carros Adaptados class with a Stutz 5300cc. The race was won by Nascimento Junior in an Alfa Romeo P3 with Chico Landi second. Later that year in October he competed in the I GP "Commércio e Industria de São Paulo" in the Bairro do Pacaembu driving his Stutz to 3rd place in Carros Adaptados class (Carros Adaptados was a precursor to the Mecânica Nacional).

Angelo was just 37 years old when he was killed in a motorcycle accindent on the Avenue Paes de Barros in the Moóca quarter of São Paulo.