Born on 12.10.1906 in Rome. He was a test engineer and designer at Italian motorcycle manufacturer Gilera. In 1947 he bacame an Italian racing car champion. He was known as a record driver on 500 Gilera. For Daimler-Benz he was at the start at Aintree and Monza (1955 at Grand Prix of Italy, 2nd place behind Fangio). In 1956 Taruffi drove with a great success Maserati sports car. Among other he reached 2nd place at the Targa Florio. After his victory at the Mille Miglia in 1957 with Ferrari he ended his racing career and founded a racing driver school. He died on 12.01.1988 in Rome.