Gianpiero Moretti, founder of MOMO, passes away at 71

[ 0 ] February 7, 2012 |

One of the God Fathers of racing equipment has passed away. Gianpiero Moretti passed away at his home in Milan at the age of 71 after apparently being ill for sometime. He is best known to the car enthusiast world for his racing equipment company MOMO.

Moretti started his racing equipment business, best known for their fantastic line of steering wheels, after opening a plant in Verona in 1966. For just over three decades Moretti ran and helped develop equipment for MOMO before selling the company to another equipment supplier in 1997. What most people don’t know is that Moretti himself was a racer. He took place in many events, but most noticeably the 24 hours of LeMans and the 24 hours of Daytona. He won the Daytona event in 1998. His legacy in both racing and performance car enthusiasts is just as strong today as it was during his 30 year reign at MOMO. His legacy will live on, but his vision will be sorely missed.

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