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Palazzolo 1966: A Small Montecarlo


It is September 11, 1966 and Palazzolo becomes a small Montecarlo. At 5 pm, the whole population looks out onto the city circuit to attend the first go-kart race, organized starting from a proposal by Enzo Righetti and other motor enthusiasts.

The event is electrifying, the enthusiasm very high. About forty drivers in the 100 and 125 displacement classes are involved in the race. That afternoon, the admiring eyes of the public are all focused on the twelve-year-old Riccardo Patrese who wins the third category 100 class and who in the following years will become a legend of the Italian motoring.

Thus begins, retracing the facts, characters and emotions of that extraordinary day, the incredible story told in the book “Palazzolo a small Montecarlo”, written by Massimo Giacomelli, to be published in the next few days and that the Baco was able to preview .

The inspiration came from a black and white photograph, which still portrays him as a child on a go-kart in the square of Palazzolo: “It starts from there – says the author – my journey to rediscover a curious, intriguing story but also dramatic that has marked the history of our country ”.

It is a curious and intriguing story especially for the youngest, who have never heard of that extraordinary ferment that between 1966 and 1971 brought the passion for engines to Palazzolo, creating a go-kart track in the village crossed by adrenaline and emotions…


Palazzolo, 11 September 1966: Riccardo Patrese, at the age of 12, wins the kart race on the street circuit in the 100 class 3rd category. On the edge of the finish line he passes Sanetti (last seconds of the video), but then flies off the track against a door risking to compromise his career. Video Credits: Massimo Giacomelli (Facebook)