A champion-of-road-safety racing driver.
ANDREA DE ADAMICH
Andrea de Adamich made his racing debut in 1962 behind the wheel of a Triumph TR3, disputing some hill climbs.
Since then, his rise has been fulminating: the Italian Formula 3 Championship, won in 1965, opened for him the doors of Alfa Romeo, a partnership that has been lasting for the past 50 years.
Autodelta, the Alfa Romeo racing team, in fact hired him and, behind the wheel of the Giulia GTA, he graduated twice as European Tourism Champion, in 1966 and 1967.
He returned to single-seaters, in the greatest Formula, with Ferrari Formula 1 in 1968.
His teammates were Jackie Ickx and Chris Amon.
He spent 5 seasons in Formula 1, where, in addition to Ferrari, de Adamich competed with McLaren, March, Surtess and Brabham.
Like many colleagues of those years, de Adamich alternated Formula 1 with the most varied categories: in particular he was, with Alfa Romeo, the absolute protagonist of the World Sportscar Championship (2 wins in Brands Hatch and Watkins Glen) and of Formula 2 (victory of the Temporada Argentina behind the wheel of the Ferrari Dino F2).
In 1974 he retired from the world of car racing, but not from the car world.
In fact, from 1978 to 2009 he was the poster man of Mediaset for motorsport, and in 1991 he founded Centro Internazionale Guida Sicura, through which he still carries on his fifty-year-long collaboration with Alfa Romeo.