23. "Without steering wheel"


Torino, 3 September 1946. Tazio lost the wheel and drove holding the stump left on the column

He did not win as often as before, but he became more and more popular. In Turin, on September 3rd, he started the Coppa Brezzi driving a Cisitalia D46.
He was in the lead at the end of the first lap. On the second one he passed in front of the pit area waving the steering wheel which had come off in his hands. He did another lap driving the steering column but then he had to stop for the inevitable repairs.
He started again and ended the race ranking 13th.
The story went around the world and added popularity to his already formidable myth.