12/6/1889 - 19/7/1941
Meo Costantini was an Italian aviator and racing driver, best known as the sporting manager of Bugatti. Bartolomeo Costantini died 81 years ago, he was 52
Bartolomeo "Meo" Costantini was born in Vittorio Veneto, Italy. He was an Italian aviator and racing car driver, known for being the sporting manager of Bugatti.
He joined the Italo-Turkish War (1911) and became known in the first world war, where Capitano Costantini became a flying ace with six victories flying a Spad S.VII in the Squadriglia degli Assi, part of the Corpo Aeronautico Militare.
Costantini was a racing driver in the Aquila Italiana team (1914-17). He joined Bugatti (1923) and won two Targa Florio in a Bugatti Type 35 (1925-26), won the Circuito Lasarte (1926), and in a Bugatti T39 (4802), took second in French GP in 1926. He remained racing team manager until 1935 when he was replaced by Jean Bugatti.