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Unforgettable: Ludovico “Lulù” Scarfiotti 1933-1968

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When the checkered flag fell on the 1966 Italian Grand Prix at Monza, Ludovico Scarfiotti became one of the many one-hit wonders of Formula 1 and an instant local hero.

The hit he delivered was special. It was an all-Italian victory at the wheel of a Ferrari at the Temple of Speed. The Tifosis are still waiting for an encore. Michele Alboreto, Teo Fabi and Riccardo Patrese all came close, but no Italian driver has won his home Grand Prix since Scarfiotti.

His story began on October 18, 1933, in Turin, home of the FIAT empire, where he was born. The top man at the Turin manufacturer was his uncle, Giovanni Agnelli.

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“Lulu” inherited love for speed and performance from his dad. The record book shows the elder (Luigi) Scarfiotti finishing third in the 1932 Mille Miglia driving an Alfa Romeo entered by Scuderia Ferrari.

Ludovico drove  a FIAT 1100 to class victory in the 1956 Mille Miglia. The race winner was Eugenio Castellotti who drove his Ferrari 290 solo. Scarfiotti was also successful in Hillclimb racing, winning three consecutive – 1957 to 1959 – Italian Hillclimb championships.

Scarfiotti & Scuderia Ferrari

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In 1960, he signed to drive for Enzo in sports car racing. Highlight of the season was fourth place finish in the Sicilian classic Targa Florio. His teammates were fellow Italian Giulio Cabianca and Willy Mairesse. In 1969, the Belgian driver would take his own life in an Ostend hotel room.

At Le Mans in 1960, Scarfiotti and Rodriguez retired early in the race. The following season he raced for Osca and Count Volpi’s Scuderia Serenissima.

In 1962, he was back with Enzo and won the European Hillclimb championship driving a Ferrari 196 SP. Victory was also scored in the Gran Turismo race at Circuito del Garda in a FIAT-Abarth 1000. Co-driving with Colin Davis the pair finished third in the Paris 1000 km at Montlhery in a Ferrari 250, behind sister cars of race winners, the Rodriguez brothers, and John Surtees and Mike Parkes.

The 1963 season started on a high note for Scarfiotti. He and John Surtees won the Sebring 12 Hour, and in June the Italian pairing of Scarfiotti and Lorenzo Bandini triumphed in the French classic at Le Mans. On June 23, 1963, Scarfiotti made his Formula 1 debut in the Dutch Grand Prix at Zandvoort with Ferrari. He qualified 11th and finished sixth to score a single point in his first Formula 1 championship race.

Injuries sidelined Scarfiotti for half of the 1963 F1 season

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The excitement was short-lived. The next round was on the following weekend at the Reims street circuit in the champagne region of France. Scarfiotti crashed in practice and his leg injuries put him on the sidelines for the rest of the season.

He was back in action in 1964 with speed and determination. In March at Sebring, Ferrari drivers occupied the podium. Scarfiotti and Targa Florio legend Nino Vaccarella placed second, behind the winning duo of Mike Parkes and Umberto Maglioli.

Englishman Parkes would later go on to play an important part in the development of the ultra-successful Lancia Stratos rally car. Third Ferrari in the top three was driven by Surtees and Bandini.

Scarfiotti and Vaccarella took victory in the Nürburgring 1000 km. He returned to the scene of his accident, Reims, with Parkes and finished third in the 12 Hour race. He also returned to Formula 1, finishing ninth at Monza for Commendatore.

He took his second European Hillclimb Championship in 1965 at the wheel of a Ferrari Dino 206P. And second victory in the Nürburgring 1000 km with Surtees in a Ferrari 330P2.

The Monza Magic

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The Pista Magica of the Tifosis delivered a memorable moment on Sunday 4, 1966. Home boy Ludovico Scarfiotti in a blazing red Ferrari took the lead from teammate and pole sitter Mike Parkes on Lap 28, and thrilled his compatriots at Parco Monza, setting the fastest lap on way to the chequered flag on Lap 68.

This was Lulu’s first and last Formula 1 Championship Grand Prix win. It was the first time an Italian driver had won his home Grand Prix since Alberto Ascari in 1952, also riding a prancing horse.

The highlight of Scarfiotti’s 1967 season was joint dead heat victory – with Ferrari teammate Parkes – in the non-championship Formula 1 race at Syracuse, Sicily. In sports car racing he was runner-up with Parkes at Daytona, Monza, and Le Mans, behind the winning Ford GT40 of American Dream Team, Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt.

The Last Lap

On 8 June, 1968, Scarfiotti was taking part in a hill climb event in Rossfeld, Germany. During practice, only a few seconds after Rolf Stommelen had gone off the road in his Porsche and suffered a broken hand, his Italian teammate was not so lucky.

Scarfiotti’s eight-cylinder Porsche 910 Bergspyder left the road at high speed, hit a tree resulting in the driver being ejected. Severe head injuries proved fatal before he could be transported to hospital in Berchtesgaden.

The long wait for a local hero to win the Italian Grand Prix continues for Tifosi.