Born on this day (23rd - April)

1851 - 1898

Wilhelm Werner

1874 - 1947

Bob Burman

1884 - 1916


Dick Atkins

1936 - 1966

Larry Rice

1946 - 2009

Mike Smith

1955 - 2014

Mike Ciochetti


Pierluigi Martini


Chris Kneifel


Paul Belmondo


Parnelli Jones Jr


Thiago Marques


Died on this day (23rd - April)

1892 - 1948

1912 - 1950

Dempsey Wilson

1927 - 1971

Alfred Ethelbert Moss

1896 - 1972

Juan Gaudino
Juan Gaudino
© David McKinney

? / ? / 1893
25 / 3 / 1975
Juan Antonio Gaudino was one of the stars of the gruelling cross-country Gran Premio Nacional marathon which was Argentinas glamour event of the 1920s and 1930s.

Of Italian birth but with dual nationality, Gaudino was born in Turin in 1893. He started his competition career on motorcycles, he then entered the 1926 Gran Premio at the wheel of a stripped Hupmobile, and surprised the old hands by bringing it home in third place, then won in 1927. The following year, now in a Chrysler, he built his lead up to 14 minutes before trouble struck, leaving him in 8th place at the end. In 1929 hiis car caught fire, but he managed to finish second, and then in 1930 he succeeded in taking his second Gran Premio after a tough 920-mile fight.

With these sort of successes behind him, Gaudino sought fame in the wider world. Surely the Indianapolis 500 would be an easy nut for someone of his experience to crack? At his first attempt though, in 1930, he couldn’t even qualify. He was back two years later with a new Chrysler, the Golden Seal Special, and qualified, but didn’t last the distance. He finally made the finish in 1933, when Raúl Riganti did most of the driving, and came home in 14th - and last place.

Gaudino had done little racing apart from in these two big events, but had picked up a number of placings in 1927, and in 1930 won a 500km race at Arrecifes. There were other placings in the Indianapolis Chrysler in 1932.

Gaudino then retired from racing after WW2 and lived near Buenos Aires. However his car, known locally as the Insignia d’Oro, would be a feature of racing in Argentina for many years to come.

© David McKinney