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28/2/2001, Carlos Alberto Pozzi dies

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Carlos Pozzi was of Italian parentage and born in Paris, so he became known as Charles, the French translation of his name. Working as an automobile broker he only began racing in the late 1940s, when he was already 37 years old, while building up his luxury automobile business in Paris. He worked closely with Eugene Chaboud who helped him to become the French Champion of 1947. Eventually he and Chaboud set up their team called Ecurie Lutetia. Pozzi won the 1949 Grand Prix de l’ACF, which was held that year for sports cars. When the World Championship began he took part in the first French Grand Prix at Reims, driving a Lago Talbot to 5th place. He competed twice in the Le Mans 24 Hour Race in the early fifties, finishing eighth with Pierre Levegh in 1953. He was for many years a Rolls Royce and Chrysler dealer but in 1958 started dealing in Ferraris as well and was so successful that in 1968 he became the sole importer of the Italian cars to France. In the 1970s he became a well known entrant of Ferrari sports cars at Le Mans and was still running teams up until his death in 2001. His death came after a period of ill health in a hospital in Levallois Perret in the west of Paris close to the site where he founded the Ferrari concession.

Born: 27th of August 1909 in Paris, France;
Died: 28th of February 2001 in Levallois-Perret, France, aged 91.

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