Metron, Cisitalia and Maserati
Your Metron gauge is much fancier than most.
Rita Rampinelli? Then the Cisitalia D46 is probably chassis N. 034.
I wonder about the identification of "Anna Maria" on the 1955 Targa Florio. It is definitely "Maria Teresa de Filippis" who was the racer. It does not look like it is her in the car ... but it is hard to tell. She is still active in historic car circles today ... or at least until recently. She has or had a sister named "Anna Maria". She also had three brothers named Giuseppe, Antonio and Paolo. A couple of them were involved in motorsport as well but there is often confusion in print as to who did what, probably based on simple errors of assumption. Antonio appears as the owner of record for a number of interesting cars in historic documents. You can find websites today that state that some of his cars were owned by Maria Teresa. Beware!
I met with Maria Teresa about fifteen years ago and she told me that her first real race was the result of some sort of wager between her brothers, Giuseppe and Antonio, to determine if she could race cars as well as horses. They entered her in a hillclimb without her knowledge. It was June 1948 and she was in a Fiat 500B with race #102 at the first running of the "La Salerno - Cave dei Tirreni" ... She won the Turismo 750 category. She went on to race a great deal in Fiat 1100S, Urania, Giaur, OSCA, Lancia and several different Maserati racing cars. At the end there were some brief appearances in the Porsche-Behra F2 car and a Lotus Formula 1 before she gave up racing in 1959. She tested a Formula Junior once at Vallelunga and, whatever it was, she was not impressed with it. Her words, "faceva schiffo". There is a photo that appeared April 29 1959 in the Daily Express newspaper showing her sitting in a Stanguellini FJ. The caption says "Maserati". I never thought to ask if her sister, Anna Maria, had raced at all. I guess I should go and visit again with a new set of questions?
Here is Maria Teresa in her Urania before the start of the Aosta - Gran San Bernardo 1949. The photo is by Bertazzini and I am lucky to have a small collection of negatives.
John de Boer
The Italian Car Registry