The return of FIAT Abarth 124 Spider has certainly made a mark in many fans of the brand and in some racing drivers who helped to create the myth of the Scorpio’s home. Maurizio Verini is one of them, from start to growth especially in the rally racing terms of Abarth 124, he found the motivation to write a captivating book, not only of memories, but also to scenarios. It’s not about nostalgia, but a link from past to future. When a champion is struck by novelty, that can bring interesting stories, with the adventure testimony of fellow race drivers that Verini lived a protagonist. His racing career is actually heavily marked by Abarth, in a time when racing and especially rallies were strongly developing. With the Fiat Abarth 124 Rally won a European Championship, in a period in which he lived a moment dream, confronting and exceeding his ability at the same level of the best racing drivers in the world. Verini spent many years with Abarth, contributing substantially to the developments that made the car a winning car with three world titles also with other Fiat models. Therefore it’s logical that the pilot, author of this book, welcomed the return to competition with favourable enthusiasm of a car very close to his heart. Since its introduction, the rally Abarth 124 was able to take an innovative passion. In a racing car world often cars are very similar to each other, the modern interpretation of such an icon of the past represents a new way to offer itself in the field in search of a more spectacular dimension.
Maurizio Verini was born in Riolo Terme (Ravenna) on the 9th July 1943. He began to participate in the rallies in 1968. In 1972, assisted by the Fiat Rally, hewon the Mitropa Cup Junior. In 1974, he won the Italian Championship and in the following year, the European Championship Conductors, always with the Fiat 124 Abarth. In the years 1977 and 1978, he was a member, bringing points, of the Fiat Rally team which won the Constructors World Championship. After moving to Opel Italy in 1979, running with the Opel Ascona 2000, and to Autodelta in 1980 and 1981, driving the GTV Turbodelta - the first car ever to use a turbo engine in rallying - he quit running officially to become the Team Manager of Citroën Italy. He continued to run on his own winning in Valli Piacentine Rally with the Ascona 400 and the Rally Conca d’Oro with Visa 1000 Pistes. With the privately owned Lancia Delta by Mauro Nocentini, he has recently participated in several editions of the Montecarlo Rally, also winning the Promotion ranking in 1996 with the eighth place in the overall classification.