An extract taken with kind permisssion from www.squadrataraschi.it about the origins of Taraschi Formula Juniors.
At the end of the 50’s, Diddì (Berardo Taraschi’s nickname) flung again into a new – and last – techical and sport chapter, represented by Formula Junior single-seaters fitted with Fiat 1100 engines. Badged with the Taraschi emblem, these cars were soon able to reconfirm the Teramo technical supremacy in the national and international scene: from 1958 to 1961, Taraschi manufactured a total of 63 specimens, 13 of which exported to the USA (in the first Formula Junior season, that is in 1959, the Squadra Taraschi even counted a few single-seaters strictly derived from Giaur Sports, obviously with Fiat 1100 engines). The Teramo Juniors were soon capable to achieve important results, with at the wheel drivers such as Sergio Bettoja, Colin Davis, Raffaele Fiordelisi, Jacques Jauson, Fernando Natella, Anna Maria Peduzzi, Renato Pirocchi, Alfonso Thiele, Agostino Zanetti and Luigi Zannini, besides naturally Taraschi himself. Following a total production of 125 cars (14 Uranias, 48 Giaurs and 63 Juniors), Taraschi therefore once and for all decided to close his 15 glorious years as a builder, starting a company reconversion that was to turn the Meccanica Taraschi into a pure commercial company. By this, even Berardo Taraschi’s personal sport activity came to an end, a career that started 25 years before with motocycles and that fetched the Lupo d’Abruzzo – this was the current nickname of the Teramo man used by enthusiasts and medias – a good 48 wins and an incalculable number of placings.
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