Mille Miglia May 1 and 2, 1954
Klem photographs former World War II prisoner Luigi “Gino” Valenzano’s Lancia D24 (0009) from Parnell’s DB3S in the early morning fog of the Mille Miglia. Valenzano (1920 –2011), who had known Gianni Lancia from childhood, drove for Lancia at Sebring in 1954 where he finished 2nd, sharing a car with the notorious playboy Porfirio Rubirosa, but would later crash out here. He continued competing the following year for Maserati but retired from racing after his brother Piero was killed during the 1955 Coppa d’Ore delle Dolomiti. Parnell/Klemantaski meanwhile would also crash out, near l’Aquila, without injury.