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IN HIS OWN WORDS: Benedicto Caldarella

Benedicto was born in Buenos Aires on September 1, 1940 into a motorcycling family. His father, Salvador, was one of Argentina’s leading riders of the 1950s, astride a Saturno. His older brother, Aldo, was third in the 125cc Argentinian GP of 1963.

participation in Europe for the works Gilera team was a boy’s dream come true. Back in 1957, when I was 17, I accompanied my father, Salvador, who was racing a 500cc Gilera Piuma in the Argentinian championship races. At the end of the season, the Buenos Aires circuit played host to the Argentinian GP, and the locals were joined by the newly-crowned world champion, Libero Liberati, and his

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