Bruno 'Jack O'Malley' T Shirt
RetroGP Gone but not Forgotten
When it comes to sheer embarrassment value and pointlessly uncompetitive ineptitude, nothing can hold a candle to the 'Life Racing Engines' team from Modena.
The Life L190 was in all probability the worst F1 car ever. That's if you don't throw Andrea Moda into the mix. The brainchild of Ernesto Vita, from whose surname the team's title was derived. Their one-off season in 1990 goes down as perhaps the most outrageously pathetic on record. 14 races, 14 DNPQ's.
Life's poor performance however wasn't the fault of Italian driver Bruno Giacomelli. Following a championship winning F2 season with March, McLaren gave Bruno his F1 debut at Monza in 1977 and signed him for 5 more races in 78. While at McLaren the mechanics jokingly put 'Jack O'Malley' on the side of his M26, and after that...the name stuck!
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