Sport: The Amateur Spirit

Papa Marzotto did not want his four boys to race. It was raining hard, the mountain roads were slick and treacherous, and there was word of snow in the passes. A veteran road-racer himself before he got too busy with his textile business, 55-year-old Father Marzotto knew about such things. But this race was the Mille Miglia, Italy's most important road contest for stock cars, and the Marzotto brothers were determined to drive their Ferraris in the big international field of 383 drivers, many of them Europe's top professionals. As it turned out, race...

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