Olindo Raggi

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Olindo Raggi (born February 20, 1896 in Forlì , † April 11, 1926 in Desio ) was an Italian motorcycle racer .


Olindo Raggi came from Forlì and lived in Bologna . He started his racing career as a teenager in track races in Emilia-Romagna . In 1920 he took part in the race at Parco del Valentino in Turin on a 1000 cc Harley-Davidson . In 1923 he bought a 350 cc AJS and competed in street races .

His performance during the 1923 racing season impressed the then AJS general importer for Italy, Ugo Veladini, so much that he offered him a contract as a works driver for 1924 . Olindo Raggi started for the English manufacturer for three years and won the title in the 350cc class of the Italian road championship in 1924 ahead of Isacco Mariani ( Garelli ) .

In 1925, Raggi took overall victory in the Quartesana race in Ferrara . With his 350cc machine he also beat all the competition with half-liter motorcycles.

Deadly accident

Olindo Raggi had a fatal accident on April 11, 1926 at the Motogiro d'Italia on a 500 cm³ AJS. On the last stage of this stage race , which spanned more than 2,200 km , he drove his bike in Varedo through a deep pothole just a few kilometers from the finish in Milan , which caused the front tire to come off the rim and Raggi fell. He was taken to a hospital in Desio , where he died that same evening at the age of 30 from his serious injuries.

Shortly after Raggi's death, a memorial plaque was erected in his honor in the now demolished Velodrome in Bologna . In 1929 he received an honorary grave on the Cimitero Monumentale della Certosa di Bologna . The tomb designed by Amedeo Minguzzi reminds Raggi of another local racing driver who died in an accident, Amedeo Ruggeri . The monument is located at the east entrance of the cemetery and also contains the grave of Ruggeri's wife Vittoria (1893–1979).



Web links

Individual evidence

  1. CIV cl. 350 1921/39. www.paolotordi.it, accessed June 24, 2018 (Italian).