Known as "The Monza Gorilla" Brambilla began racing motorcycles in 1957 and won the Italian national 175cc title the following year. He also raced go karts before becoming a mechanic for his brother Tino. Vittorio returned to racing in 1968 in Formula 3 and won the Italian title in 1972, by which time he was already racing in Formula 2 with March. He won several F2 races and with backing from Beta Tools he bought his way into F1 in 1974 with the March factory team. Vittorio's great day came at the Osterreichring in 1975 when he surfed to victory in the rain-shortened Austrian Grand Prix in a works March 751 which also had taken him to pole position earlier in Sweden. He is best remembered for spinning off and wrecking the nose of the March as he took the chequered flag in Austria, completing the slowing down lap with the front of the car askew, waving madly to the crowd as he did so.