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Giulio Masetti (1895 in Firenzemarker - April 25, 1926 in Sclafani Bagnimarker on Sicilia) was an Italian conte and racing driver, known as «the lion of Madonie» from his dominating the Targa Floriomarker in the early 1920s.

He was the older brother of racing driver, conte Carlo Masetti, both living inCastello di Uzzano, a palace in Greve in Chiantimarker owned by the Masetti di Bagnano family since 1644. Giulioacquired his first car, a 4.5-litre Fiat S57 B14 from Antonio Ascari, in which he was fourth at X Targa Floriomarker (1919), and won the XII Targa Floriomarker (1921). The next year, he won XIII Targa Floriomarker in his privately entered ex-Otto Salzer 1914 Mercedes 4.5-litre 115 HP 18/100 (1922).Masetti then raced an Alfa Romeo RL TF (second at XIV Targa Floriomarker, 1923) before joining the Sunbeam-Talbot-Darracq team. He was third in a Sunbeam 135 bhp 2-litre at the 1925 French Grand Prix, but failed to finish the San Sebastián Grand Prix (1925) and the II Rome Grand Prix (1926).

He died in the XVII Targa Floriomarker, driving entry #13, a Delage 2L CV. A stone plaque is erected at the place. The entry #13 is since this incident not issued at grand prix events.

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  1. Targa Florio 1922
  2. Legendary teamleaders in the Targa Florio
  3. The 1925 Automobile World Championship
  4. Targa Florio 1926
  5. Giulio Masetti
  6. stone plaque
  7. Giulio Masetti, 1922
  8. Car #13



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