Formula 1 driver Mario Andretti grew up in Motovun

Motovun, a village, and municipality in Croatia, in the Istrian County, became the is the best-preserved medieval Istrian fortress, which was built on the top of a steep hill.

One of the most preserved Istrian medievals towns became an attractive tourist destination!





The famous Italian-born American former racing driver Mario Andretti was born in Motovun in 1940, and he left his hometown as an eight-year-old. The family moved to Italy, and later to America where he began his magnificent career.

According to the stories of the locals, as a child Mario Andretti, with his brother Aldo, descended on the wooden stroller on the steep streets of Motovun. Those were his first races!

Andretti and Dan Gurney are the only two drivers who won the most important automotive competitions – Formula 1, IndyCar (CART and USAC championships), World Sportscar Championship, and NASCAR Sprint

He is one of the most successful Americans in the history of the sport, and as an extraordinary athlete, he performed in the seventh decade of his life!

The Motovun municipality honored him in a memorial plaque on his birth house in Motovun.


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