Emilio Giletti is confirmed dead at the age of 90.
Emilio was best known as a Italian racing driver.
Emilio Giletti
NationalityItaly Italian
Born(1929-04-20)20 April 1929
Trivero, Kingdom of Italy
Died4 January 2020(2020-01-04) (aged 90)
Novara, Italy
Emilio Giletti (20 April 1929 – 4 January 2020) was an Italian racing driver. He made a name for himself in the early 1950s, after the racing experience took possession of the family factory, and was later the owner of Giletti S.p.A. His son Massimo Giletti, is a popular Italian television host.
Contents
1 Racing career
2 Giletti S.p.A.
3 Racing record
3.1 Career highlights
3.2 Complete Mille Miglia results
3.3 Complete 12 Ore di Pescara results
4 References
Racing career
Emilio Giletti only entered 25 races between 1951 and 1955, racing mainly Ferraris and Maseratis. In 1953, his big break came when Maserati decided to offer three young drivers the chance to drive their sportscars; Emilio was chosen along with Luigi Musso and Sergio Mantovani. It was with the Officine Alfieri Maserati squad, when he scored his biggest win, when he took a class victory on the 1953 Mille Miglia.
During this period, he enjoyed some success, scoring his only race win, in the 1952 non-championship Trofeo della Reggione Sardo and finished on the podium in the 1953 Targa Florio. Away from Sportscars, Giletti raced in just one Formula One race, the 1953 Gran Premio di Modena, but retired due to a valve failure with his Maserati A6GCM. He was also originally listed to race in the 1954 Gran Premio de la Republica Argentina, but Maserati gave the drive to Musso instead.
After finishing seventh in the 1955 Giro di Sicilia, he retired from International Motor Sport.
Giletti S.p.A.
Despite his passion for speed, he abandoned motorsport when he inherited the family business, Giletti S.p.A., one of the leading companies in the production of yarns, and under his control, now have a well-established reputation as a technologically advanced company in the development of its production cycle, as well as their technical socks for sport.
In October 2012, Emilio was sentenced to nine months’ imprisonment, suspended, for manslaughter following the death of a Giletti S.p.A. employee, Massimo Sasso, in September 2008.
Racing record
Career highlights
Season
Series
Position
Team
Car
1952
Trofeo Sardo
1st
Scuderia Guastella
Ferrari 166 MM
Giro di Sicilia
3rd
Lancia Aurelia B20
Giro dell’Umbria
3rd
Ferrari 166 MM
Circuito di Senigallia
3rd
Scuderia Guastella
Ferrari 166 MM
1953
Targa Florio
2nd
Officine Alfieri Maserati
Maserati A6GCS/53
Complete Mille Miglia results
Year
Team
Co-Drivers
Car
Class
Pos.
ClassPos.
1952
Emilio Giletti
Walter Loro-Piana
Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta Touring
S2.0
DNF
1953
Guerino Bertocchi
Maserati A6GCS/53
S2.0
6th
1st
Complete 12 Ore di Pescara results
Year
Team
Co-Drivers
Car
Class
Pos.
ClassPos.
1952
Sergio Sighinolfi
Ferrari 166 MM
S+2.0
6th
4th
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