Dario Reesta

Saturday 19th August 1882

Born on this day, Dario “Dolly” Resta. Although born in Italy he was raised in England who competed on British circuits before heading to the USA in 1915 where he won that year’s US Grand Prix and then the prestigious Vanderbilt Cup as well as finishing second at the Indianapolis 500. In 1916 he won the Indy 500 as well as the Vanderbilt Cup for the second time and a series of other top races. The cessation of racing caused by World War One curtailed his success, but he made a comeback in 1923 with mixed success. He died in 1924 at Brooklands, where his career had started, when a security belt broke, puncturing a tyre and sending him spinning out of control.

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