This is a history which script could have been completely different. The history of a great and truly gifted young Italian driver that could have made his name to the top of the rallying world. Instead, this man became completely forgotten from history, till the sadness of his life raised some awareness. He was Carlo Capone, and if his history inspired a movie, the true story is far more real, tragic and sad. When I first did this article, it touched deeply on my hearth, and it was always my objective to focus on his human side and his career, not on his late life and innumerable problems. Let’s remember the man at his best.
Carlo Capone was born on the 12th of April, 1957 at Gassino Torinese, on the outskirts of the Piedmontese capital – by the way, the hometown of Fiat and Lancia – and a place used to see the hugely popular Rally Team ‘971 on their roads. It’s quite easy to understand to see a young teenager become enthralled by the motor competition, and it duly happened with Carlo which, in 1977 – even before reaching his twenties – debuted on his home ground with an Autobianchi A112 Abarth. Back then, the Fiat Group management had created the A112 Trophy, a one-make cup to run alongside the Italian Rally Championship with the A112 Abarth, with the patronage of both Fiat and Lancia (now part of the same industrial conglomerate and with merged competition departments), to provide a competitive ground to breed Italian rally talents. 1977 was the first edition and Capone soon established himself as one of the fastest and more regular drivers of the series, won by Attilio Bettega, and on the last round, the Rally 100.000 Trabucchi, surprised everyone to take an amazing and stinging win, raising the attention of the legendary H.F. Grifone team boss Luigi Tabaton, which invited Carlo to drive for him in 1978! Continuar a ler