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On 22nd November 2009, Virginio Lugli Munaron, best known as Gino, passed away. Born in Turin on 2nd April 1928, Gino’s first foray into motorsport came in 1949, when he took part in the Aosta-Great St. Bernard in a CDMP Ford, he built along with Paolo Cordero di Montezemolo. In the Fifties, he was one of many gentlemen drivers who took part in racing events, both on the public highway and on tracks. He raced with Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Topolino, Nardi, Osca and other makes and also raced with Scuderia Ferrari cars, obtaining amongst others one of his biggest wins in the 1955 Hyeres 12 Hours. He also tried his hand at Formula 1, taking part in some Grands Prix in 1960 as a privateer, first at the wheel of a Maserati and then in a Ferrari-powered Cooper, run by Scuderia Castellotti. After he retired from racing in 1961, Munaron stayed in the motoring world working as a manager for BMW among others.