Conte Emanuele Cacherano di Bricherasio, tenente del reggimento di cavalleria Piemonte Reale (2°), 1893
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Count di Bricherasio, a former officer of the Piemonte Reale Cavalleria, was the heir of a wealthy and most ancient aristocratic family inTurin. An enthusiast about progress and technology, today his name is sadly forgotten but he has been the promoter and deviser of many important events . He was the most active promoter and first of the nine founders of the F.I.A.T. ( Fabbrica Italiana Automobili Torino) ; he was one of the founders of the Italian Automobile Club; in 1902, he was the organizer of the Susa-Moncenisio race, the most ancient climb hill race; he was among the creators of L’Automobile, the first magazine about cars; in 1903 he was one of the members of the international commission which made the first highway code. Bricherasio died aged only 35 in 1904 , under mysterious circumstances. As he was found dead in the castle of a Royal House member, no legal investigation was conducted as this was common in those days. According to some assumptions, he commited suicide to avoid a love scandal; others believe he was the victim of a contract killing. Bricherasio’s closest friend, the great equestrian champion Federico Caprilli, was the only person allowed to see the body. Caprilli died three years later, also in never clarified circumstances, and the secret was buried with him.