I learnt to love this car for what it represented. An example of a time when car racing was pure passion. These intrepid drivers would work on their cars for hours on end. wouldn’t sleep, would risk their lives in dangerous road tracks where dust and fumes and the smell of oil would linger in the air as they sped by, or rain and mud would cover their faces. with only one objective… crossing the finishing line.”
~ Diego De Luca ~
Studebaker Big Six engine and 3 speed gerabox
Drumbrakes on 4 wheels
The Marelli brothers became part of Argentina’s automotive history when they won Argentina’s Grand Prix in 1925 with their Studebaker Big Six, 1924.
Angel Marelli owned a garage in the city of Rafaela, in Santa Fé province that specialized in overhauling engines. And as an amateur driver he used his garage to prepare his cars for racing. Together with his brother Francisco they participated in several local races obtaining good results.
The Grand Prix organized by the ACA (Automobile Club of Argentina) was one of the most important races in our country. Its first edition took place in 1910. Angel and Francisco decided to prepare a Studebaker, Big Six from 1924 to participate in this important race to take place from February 21 st to 25 th , 1925. The race covered 1.517 km in four stages: Morón (Buenos Aires) - Rosario, Rosario - Córdoba, Córdoba – Rosario and Rosario – Morón (Buenos Aires).
After a hard contest against Paris Giannini, the favourite one, the Marelli brothers won the race in 21 hours, 26 minutes 4/5 seconds (3 hours, 40 minutes less than the previous year’s winner), Giannini arriving 2 nd an hour and a half later.
It was this victory on this Studebaker, Big Six that consecrated them and for which they will always be remembered.