Monday 15th February 1937
Vincenzo Lancia died of natural causes aged 55. He was regarded as probably the fastest driver of his day, driving for Fiat before and shortly after becoming a car manufacturer himself in 1906. Lancia strangely insisted that his company stay out of competition and concentrate on building and selling road cars. However, when his son Gianni took over the company after World War II he took Lancia into sports car racing with some success.