Gran Premio Nuvolari 2016: 30 days to the registration deadline


Mantua, 30th June 2016 – Registration requests for the 26th edition of the Gran Premio Nuvolari are coming in from all over Italy, Europe and the world. The deadline for registration, which must be done on the website, is set for the 31st July.
The countdown to the departure day continues, expected to be at 11:00 on Friday 16th September from Piazza Sordello in Mantova, Italian Capital of Culture 2016. The Gran Premio Nuvolari, an international rally event reserved for cars of historical interest built between 1919 and 1969, is organised by racing team Mantova Corse together with the Mantua Automobile Club and Museo Tazio Nuvolari  and will take place following F.I.A., F.I.V.A. and A.C.I. Sport standards.
Official Event Partners: Audi as the Main Sponsor, Banca Generali, Michelin Classic and Eberhard & Co., the latter the Official Timekeeper of the event for some 26 years.
The long hot summer before the Gran Premio Nuvolari 2016
The season of the most prestigious events worldwide for classic cars has started and is already well underway. This last 7th May, the Targa Florio started, which this year 2016 has celebrated its first 100 editions.
A cursa, as the Targa Florio is called by Sicilians, got underway for the first time on 6th May 1906 making it the oldest circuit race in the world. Created by the visionary genius of Vincenzio Florio, a true entrepreneur and man of culture, the Targa Florio even early on became an icon of Italy and of Siciliy in the world. A race that let many drivers create their own mythos; among them Tazio Nuvolari, who took victory in the 1931 and 1932 races. These incredible endeavours of Tazio even inspired the works of Vate Gabriele d’Annunzio, writer of a memorable telegram of congratulations along with a famous tribute: the lucky turtle with the inscription “To the fastest man in the world, the slowest animal”.
Two weeks later it was instead time for the Mille Miglia race, won by the five time Gran Premio Nuvolari winning team, Vesco-Guerini. A victory, that of the pair from Brescia, which harked back to the incredible 1930 edition when the two great champions of Italian motorsport, Archille Varzi and Tazio Nuvolari, battled along the entire course until the clamorous denouement of Nivola’s overtaking of his rival  “with switched off headlights”. This was an even matchup that signalled the start of an era and reinforced the myth of Nuvolari, champion of the impossible.
Gran Premio Nuvolari 2016: the route
Friday 16th September, from Mantua to Forte dei Marmi
Following the sports and technical checks, the teams of the Gran Premio Nuvolari will leave from Piazza Sordello at 11:00 to reach the Cremona Circuit in San Martino del Lago for the first chronometer trial. In the afternoon, the cars will drive to the “Riccardo Paletti” racetrack in Varano de’ Melegari (Parma), after which they will face the hairpin bends of the Passo della Cisa. In the evening in Forte dei Marmi, in the famous “La Capannina dei Franceschi” club all participating drivers will attend an exclusive beach party.
Saturday 17th, from Forte dei Marmi to Rimini.
After leaving Forte dei Marmi, the cars of the Gran Premio Nuvolari will pass first under the ancient walls of Lucca, then Pisa via a journey through the Piazza dei Miracoli, and finally onto the Piazza del Campo in Siena. Arezzo, Città di Castello and Urbino will come before the final destination of Rimini, where the cars are expected to arrive at 6:30pm. There, in the fascinating rooms of the Grand Hotel of Rimini, the participants will be taking part in an official gala dinner in honour of Tazio Nuvolari.
Sunday 18th, from Rimini to Mantua
From Rimini, the crews will be heading to the cities of Meldola, Cesena and Forlì before reaching the International “Enzo and Dino Ferrari” Circuit in Imola. After a visit to the Circuito Ariosteo in Ferrara and quick journeys through the towns of Borgofranco and Ostiglia, both in Mantua province, and after 1,050 kilometres, the drivers will see the checkered flag in their final destination of Piazza Sordello, welcomed by a waving Mantua crowd. The prize ceremony will be hosted at the seventeenth century Teatro del Bibiena.
Requirements and Terms of Registration
Registration to the Gran Premio Nuvolari is only allowed to cars manufactured between 1919 and 1969 that have a F.I.V.A passport, a F.I.A. Heritage fiche, an A.S.I. type-approval, or an ACI Sport/C.S.A.I. fiche, or belong to a Car Brand Register.
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