Felice Nazzaro

Felice Nazzaro (* 1881 in Turin, † March 21, 1940 ) was an Italian racing driver.


The son of a coal merchant from Turin came at the age of 15 years to the Fiat automobile plants, where he first worked as a mechanic. His technical skill and his flair for automobiles meant that he soon started in auto racing for the Italians. In collaboration with Vincenzo Lancia, who was then also worked for Fiat, he was in 1905 one of the best European racers. Into the limelight he got when he in 1906 after a tough duel with Hungary Ferenc Szisz was on Renault second in the GP of France.

Nazzaro dominated the Grand Prix season in 1907 with victories in the GP of France, the Emperor price in Germany and at the Targa Florio. Technical problems prevented further success in 1908, such as in the Prince Henry Trials.

In the following years he tried his hand as well as his mentor Lancia to stand on their own feet. He founded the car company Automobili Nazzaro and drove for advertising purposes its own vehicles also in many races. Successes were hardly vouchsafed him except winning the Targa Florio in 1913.

In 1916 he finished the activity of the company Nazzaro and returned to Fiat. For this brand, he sat down again behind the wheel of a race car and won the GP of France 1922 - 15 years after his first major success. This, however, was marred by the accidental death of his nephew Biagio. After several failures in subsequent races, he finished in 1925 his motorsport career.

He worked until his death in 1940 in the racing department of Fiat.