Domenico Augustus Cesare "Bert" or "Gus" Bertelli , also AC Bertelli (born March 23, 1890 in Genoa ; † May 3, 1979 ), was a British entrepreneur, vehicle designer, racing mechanic and racing driver of Italian origin.
Family and education
Augustus Bertelli was born in March 1890 in the Ligurian coastal city of Genoa. In 1894 his parents emigrated to the United Kingdom with their children and settled in the Welsh capital, Cardiff . His father was dissatisfied with the political and economic situation in Italy and wanted his family in Great Britain to get a better livelihood. After compulsory schooling, Augustus Bertelli began an apprenticeship at a local steel construction company and completed an engineering course at an evening school . Bertelli was a good football player in his youth . His talent brought him up to the Welsh national youth football team . He married in 1920 and was the father of three children, two girls and a son. The son Bill Bertelli (1925–2012) was a major in the Royal Corps of Signals during World War II and worked as an engineer at Aston Martin after the war .
Augustus Bertelli had two nicknames . His colleagues and employees called him "Bert", family and friends called him "Gus".
Racing mechanic at Fiat
In 1907 Bertelli returned to Italy to work for Fiat in Turin . In addition to his work in the development department, he became a racing mechanic for Felice Nazzaro . The duo's greatest success was the overall victory at the Coppa Florio 1908 , a road race around Bologna .
Airplane and vehicle designer
Shortly before the outbreak of World War I , Bertelli returned to Wales and began studying aerospace engineering - a university discipline that was still young in the 1910s - which he did not complete. From 1916 he worked for two years in the design department of Grahame-White building aircraft by Morane-Saulnier , which were manufactured under license.
In 1918 he switched to Enfield-Allday as a consultant . The company had problems with its first vehicle, the Enfield-Allday Bullet . The car had a 5-cylinder radial engine and was difficult to sell. Bertelli took over the management, launched two new models and developed monoposto racing cars. Three of these cars were built for the British racing driver Woolf Barnato . The bankruptcy of the company could not prevent Bertelli. After the end of Enfield-Allday, he worked as a consultant at Armstrong Siddeley and Coventry Simplex .
Renwick & Bertelli
In 1924 he founded Renwick & Bertelli together with William Somerville Renwick (1889–1962), whom he had met while at Armstrong Siddeley . The only product of the collaboration was the Renwick & Bertelli 1½-liter Sports Buzzbox , a racing car based on an Enfield Allday chassis. The car has been preserved and today has a market value of just under 300,000 euros.
In 1925, together with Renwick and the wealthy John Benson (later Lord Charnwood), he took over the financially troubled automaker Bamford & Martin's , whose vehicles were sold under the Aston-Martin name. The new company was called Aston Martin Motors Ltd. Aston Martin became a successful automobile manufacturer under Bertelli's leadership. Most of the bodies were made by E. Bertelli Ltd. manufactured by a body shop that belonged to his brother Enrico Bertelli . After a falling out with Gordon Sutherland (son of Sir Arthur Sutherland, the majority owner since 1932), Bertelli left Aston Martin in 1936 and was again a consultant for various automobile companies.
Bertelli was active as a gentlemen's driver in the 1920s and 1930s . In 1930 he was fourth overall in the 2-times 12-hour race of Brooklands and in 1931 overall fifth in the 24-hour race of Le Mans . He competed five times in the 24-hour race at Le Mans . To fifth place in 1931 came seventh places in 1932 and 1933 .
Le Mans results
|1928||Aston Martin Ltd.||Aston Martin 1.5 International||Capt. George ET Eyston||failure||Rear axle|
|1931||Aston Martin Car Ltd.||Aston Martin 1½ International||Maurice Harvey||5th place and class win|
|1932||Aston Martin Ltd.||Aston Martin 1½ Le Mans||Pat Driscoll||Rank 7|
|1933||Aston Martin Ltd.||Aston Martin 1½ Le Mans||Sammy Davis||Rank 7|
|1934||Aston Martin Ltd.||Aston Martin ½ Le Mans||Clifton Penn-Hughes||Disqualified|
- Christian Moity, Jean-Marc Teissèdre, Alain Bienvenu: 24 heures du Mans, 1923–1992. Éditions d'Art, Besançon 1992, ISBN 2-909413-06-3 .
- About Augustus Bertelli
- Augustus Bertelli was a good football player in his youth
- Coppa Florio 1908
- Via William Somerville Renwick
- About Renwick & Bertelli
- Renwick & Bertelli 1½-Liter Sports Buzzbox
- About Lord Charnwood
- 1930 Brooklands 2 x 12 Hours
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Bertelli, Domenico Augustus Cesare (full name); Bertelli, Gus (nickname); Bertelli, AC; Berteilli, Bert|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||British entrepreneur, vehicle designer, race mechanic and racing car driver|
|DATE OF BIRTH||March 23, 1890|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Genoa|
|DATE OF DEATH||May 3rd 1979|