08. The freccia celeste


Lario Circuit, 29 June 1924. Tazio in action riding his Bianchi 350 «Freccia Celeste»

1926 Tazio was still racing with his Bianchi 350, the legendary «Freccia Celeste» (light blue arrow) and won all major competitions. He had three serious accidents, the first of these on the Solitude Circuit near Stuttgart. He came off the track because of the fog, and was really bad injured. The day after he felt better and left by train to come back to Italy. While crossing the border, he met one of the members of Bianchi team who was going to Stuttgart to see what was happened: the Italian consul, in fact, had sent to Rome a very concerned telegram. Moreover, a German journalist had  written about Tazio’s death on an evening newspaper.
He was very popular; they called him the «two wheeler Campionissimo» but he still loved cars.
In 1927, at the wheel of a Bianchi tipo 20, he took part in the first Mille Miglia, finishing tenth overall. But the best results of the season were obtained with his own Bugatti 35, gaining two absolute and convincing wins in the «Gran Premio Reale» di Roma and the «Circuito del Garda».