The twentieth Nuvolari Grand Prix at the starting line promises new emotions


310 teams, a substantial foreign representation and 73 pre-war cars confirm the prestige of the historic competition to be held from Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th September.

Mantua - 16th/19th September 2010 - The 20th NUVOLARI GRAND PRIX is at the starting line and will be held from Thursday 16th (for the sporting and technical checks) to Sunday 19th September, organized by the racing stable Scuderia Mantova Corse in collaboration with the Tazio Nuvolari Museum and the Automobile Club of Mantua.

Selected from more than 350 applications, which sets an absolute record, 310 teams will be taking part in the second regularity race in the world, in terms of number of teams and distance covered, and the first one in terms of technical difficulties and the number of time trials.

The fact that half of the entrants come from abroad underlines the International attraction of the Mantua race, with numerous European but also Japanese, Australian, American, Argentinean and Russian contestants who will fight for the title over a distance of a thousand kilometres, in a harsh test for the cars and the drivers’ skills.

Founded in 1954 to mark the death of the great Tazio Nuvolari, who had passed away in Mantua on 11th July the previous year, the Grand Prix was transformed into a commemoration in 1991 and its roll of honour can boast of illustrious names, including Ascari, Moss, Jenkinson, Castellotti, Gendebien and Washer.

Seventy-three pre-war cars confirm the prestige of the race, consecrating it amongst the world’s elite of races for historic cars. Unique models of Bugatti, Alfa Romeo, Bentley, BMW and Mercedes, as well as Alvis, Amilcar, Fiat and Lancia will be there to be admired.

The coast-to-coast route is very much appreciated, with the Nuvolari Grand Prix touching both the Tyrrhenian Sea and the Adriatic, going through the most picturesque corners of Italy.

They will leave at 1.00 p.m. on Friday 17th from Piazza Sordello, in the heart of Mantua, and via Parma they will reach Piazza dei Miracoli in Pisa. The second leg, from Pisa to Rimini, will go through the Montenero race track in Leghorn, Piazza del Campo in Siena and Piazza Grande in Arezzo. From Rimini, the cars will return to Mantua, competing in the race track of the Castle, in the centre of Ferrara. The awards ceremony will be held at the Teatro Bibiena, at 4.30 p.m. on Sunday 19th September.

Only cars made between 1919 and 1969, holding the F.I.V.A. passport or F.I.A. Heritage certificate or A.S.I. certification or C.S.A.I. certificate or which are registered with a make, can enter.

The initiative is under the patronage of the local councils of Mantua, Arezzo, Ferrara, Leghorn, Parma, Pisa, Rimini, Ravenna and Siena, as well as the Provincial Council of Mantua, the Regional Council of Lombardy, the Senate of the Republic and Aido. The sponsors confirming their partnership of many decades are Audi, Eberhard, Etiqueta Negra, Raffineria Ies and Siglacom. Mantova Corse looks forward to welcoming all enthusiasts wishing to pay tribute to the unforgettable Tazio Nuvolari.