1933/34 Tazio Nuvolari RAC Ulster Tourist Trophy Signed Documents and Race Win Number Board
A wonderful collection of Ephemera and a racing number plate that documents the Great Italian race driver Tazio Nuvolari upcoming participation in the 1934 RAC Ulster Tourist Trophy event to be held at the Ards Circuit, Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Nuvolari had entered the T.T. event three times before in 1930, 31 and 33 winning the race in 1933 in a MG Magnette K3. The 1933 race winning number 17 plate was given to Nuvolari as a souvenir of his win and one of the letters has Nuvolari mention that he “received the Licence Plate”. This ‘race number/licence plate’ has been photo matched to belonging to the car Nuvolari drove.
The correspondences sent by Nuvolari are address to Cecil Kimber the founder and then managing director of M.G. cars and state his intention of entering the 1934 event in the same car that he used the year before as well as other details for the race. The four letters and one telegram bare the signature of the great man. Three of the letters are signed with Nuvolari’s initials; the other letter has his full signature. The telegram has his surname signature.
The collection includes other paperwork including original photographs of the great Italian racing driver. Also accounts of the 1933 race and and accompanying letter from a previous owner verify the race number plate acquisition.
Tazio Nuvolari was a legend in his own lifetime, was known as Il Montavano Volante, the Flying Mantuan. He epitomized courage and daring and for 30 years he amazed the racing world with his exploits on both two and four wheels. After serving in the Italian Army he started racing motorcycles seriously when he was 28. His riding was noticed by the powerful Bianchi team and he became a member and eventually Italian champion. Nuvolari began racing cars in 1924 at the age of 32 while still competing in motorcycles and amassed many race wins including five wins at the Coppa Ciano, two at the Mille Miglia, two victories at the Targa Florio, two RAC Tourist Trophies, a 24 Hours of Le Mans victory and a European Championship. Yet he’s rarely uttered in the same regard as the likes of Fangio, Schumacher, Villeneuve or Senna, despite Ferdinand Porsche declaring him the “the greatest driver of the past, the present and the future.” This is in part because Nuvolari was racing pre-Formula One World Championship which started in 1950, so his 24 Grand Prix victories lack the same notoriety as his more modern counterparts. Nuvolari was arguably the most courageous racer to have ever lived. His accomplishments certainly rival that of Senna, Fangio and Schumacher and without question the greatest of his era.
This is a very rare collection as Tazio Nuvolari items vary rarely come to the open market and his signature is highly sort after by collectors.
As for the race number plate, it is very doubtful that there are many if any of this kind of Nuvolari race winning memorabilia on the open market today.
The original signatures are priced between $2,000-$4,000 each. See photos of the signed items and number plate below for exact pricing.
Or you can own the complete collection of 5 original signatures, the original race winning number plate and many original photos and postcards which will be included.
Items may be sold separately please contact for details.