'Gimax'

Carlo Franchi, the former Grand Prix driver who raced the pseudonym ‘Gimax’, is celebrating his 74th birthday today!

Born in the Italian city of Milan in 1938, this extremely obscure driver made his one and only World Championship appearance at the ill-fated 1978 Italian Grand Prix, driving a Surtees TS20 with sponsorship from the Durex condom group.

Twenty-eighth fastest in qualifying, he failed to make the grid, although the race would be marred by the horrific first-corner accident involving to Ronnie Peterson, who would later succumb to his injuries.

‘Gimax’ never raced under his actual name, and his son would also race with the same pseudonym.

[Image via F1 Nostalgia]

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Richard Bailey

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