Giovanni “Johnny” Lurani Cernuschi, VIII Count of Calvenzano (December 19, 1905 – January 1995) was an Italian automobile engineer, racing car driver and journalist.
He studied engineering at the Politecnico di Milano and raced cars such as Salmson, Derby, Alfa Romeo and Maserati, participating eleven times in the Mille Miglia. Lurani took class wins in the event three times: 1933 in an MG K3, 1948 in a Healey and 1952 in a Porsche.
After partaking in the second Italo-Abyssinian War from 1935 to 1936, Lurani founded the racing team Scuderia Ambrosiana in 1937 along with Luigi Villoresi and Franco Cortese (1937). Sustaining a bad hip injury in a Maserati 4CM at Crystal Palace, Lurani ended his single-seater career in 1938 but continued racing sportscars until 1953.
He also designed record breaking cars based on Moto Guzzi engines. In 1935 the Nibbio 1 was the first 500cc car to exceed 100mph. The 350cc Moto Guzzi powered Nibbio 2 broke long distance records at Monza in 1956. He was president of the FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) Sporting Commission for several years.
- Auto Italiana, which he founded and edited
- Nuvolari (Cassell & Company Ltd., 1959). With Luigi Marinatto.
- La storia delle macchine da corsa (1970). Translation History of the racing car: Man and machine (1972)
- La storia della Mille Miglia 1927-57 (1979).
- Alfa Romeo: Catalogo ragionato (1982). With Paolo Altieri.
- Racing around the world 1920-35.
- NUVOLARI. Legendary Champion of International Auto Racing. (1959) Sports Car Press
Complete European Championship results
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)
|1931||F. Pirola||Alfa Romeo 6C-1500||Alfa Romeo 1.5 L6||ITA
24 Hours of Le Mans results
|1951||Scuderia Ambrosiana||Giovanni Bracco||Lancia Aurelia B20 GT||S
|1953||Ets Fiat Dagrada||Norbert Jean Mahé||Fiat 8V||S
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-07-13. Retrieved 2013-07-13.
- Motor Sport June 1977. Denis Jenkinson http://www.maserati-alfieri.co.uk/maser10.htm
- The Encyclopedia of Motor Sport page 250 G.N. Georgano. 1971 ISBN 0-670-29405-5
- Autocar 11 May 1956
- The Encyclopedia of Motor Sport. G.N. Georgano. 1971 ISBN 0-670-29405-5
- Moto Guzzi. Styles. 2001 ISBN 0-7603-1004-1
- "THE GOLDEN ERA – OF GRAND PRIX RACING". kolumbus.fi. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
- "All Results of Giovanni Lurani". racingsportscars.com. Retrieved October 22, 2017.