The third instalment of our Car Stories series is part interview and part tribute to the memory of racecar driver and motorsport legend Lino Brincat. In this video, we sit down with his brother Mario, who tells us about Lino’s early days, the start of his racing career, his wins and challenges; and, as a constant theme throughout it all, his undying love for Alfa Romeo.
Mario Brincat talks about his brother’s cars, including the AlfaSud with which he won his first hillclimb championship and the iconic Dallara, a formula racing car that Lino bought in the late 90s and which he drove in competitions in Malta and overseas. Mario also reminisces about his brother’s Alfa Romeo GTA Autodelta—and shows off a similar model in his garage which the two siblings had restored together before Lino’s passing.
Lino Brincat (1948–2018) was a well-known member of the Maltese motorsport community who excelled in various disciplines, including go-karting, autocross, and drag racing, but his favourite was the hillclimb. Lino won three hillclimb championships during his racing career, including his last one in 2016 at the age of 58, which earned him the nickname “Flying Nannu”. Lino was also highly respected as a mechanic and tuner, who mentored young racecar drivers and assisted fellow automobile enthusiasts.