He tried his hand at racing, but Marcello Minerbi’s true forte was photography. Here are some of his superb images from the 1960s
“I fell in love with cars as a student,” recalls Milan-born Marcello Minerbi. “I was lucky because, thanks to a friend of mine, the late great photo-journalist Corrado Millanta, I met the greats: Fangio, Villoresi — who was a friend of my mother-in-law — Lang, Ascari, von Trips and many others. At the end of the 1950s I started to write for Road & Track, Auto Motor und Sport and then as a journalist and photographer for the sports department of Quattroruote.
“In the 1960s I started to race with a kart and by ’65 I’d moved on to a Formula Three Lancia Volpini, then a year later a Lancia Fulvia HF. In ’67 I gained some very good results in the Formula 850 Biraghi, but after the death of my close friend Lorenzo Bandini I decided to stop.”
These images have never been seen before in a UK publication and reveal a deft touch for the more human side of Formula One.