Press release n° 7 - Over 260 crews will arrive from all over the world to honour the unforgettable myth of the “Great Tazio”. 90 pre-war cars will take part in the event


Only a few days are left to one of the most awaited events in the world of international regularity,  the 31st edition of the Gran Premio Nuvolari, the most technical race for historic cars in Italy, which, from 17th to 19th September 2021 will bring in Mantua a multitude of classic enthusiasts that will  come to celebrate the myth of the great “Nivola”, a legendary sportsman, who more than anyone  else has marked the motoring history of the twentieth century. 

In the year that marks the return to conviviality and sociability, the event records an important  number of participants: 290 requests have been received, and 267 of them have been confirmed by  the Official Commission, as a proof of the strong enthusiasm that surrounds what is considered one  of the most beautiful races in the world.

Many countries from all continents (Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, United States, Great  Britain, Russia, Austria, Belgium, Uruguay, Argentina, Japan, Poland, Lebanon, Monte Carlo, San  Marino) and 48 car manufacturers will be represented – to mention some: the Italian Alfa Romeo,  Maserati, Lancia, Ferrari and Fiat; the British Jaguar, Aston Martin, Bentley and Triumph; the German  Mercedes, BMW and Porsche; the French Bugatti. There will also be 93 pre-war cars.

The Gran Premio represents a unique opportunity to get a close look at these iconic vintage cars that  have made the history of world motoring: those beauties will gather as usual in Piazza Sordello, in  the heart of Mantua. The myth of the “Great Tazio” is always strong and present, thanks to the  numerous fans who revive it year after year on occasion of the Gran Premio Nuvolari: tons of  emotions are shared along an extraordinary journey on board of real masterpieces of history,  mechanics and design. 

Organized by the Scuderia Mantova Corse, that in 2021 celebrates 40 years of passionate and  tireless activity, the regularity event is reserved for vintage cars of historical interest built until 1976,  in accordance with the F.I.A, F.I.V.A., ACI Sport and ACI Storico regulations.

The event in honor of the "Great Tazio" will enjoy the patronages of the Lombardy Region, the  Province of Mantua, the Municipalities of Mantua, Cesenatico, Rimini, Urbino, Arezzo, Cortona,  Ferrara, San Benedetto Po and the Republic of San Marino. 
The Gran Premio Nuvolari is traditionally organized with the contribution of prestigious sponsors: the  “Main Partner” Red Bull, Austrian world leader in the field of energy drinks, the “Official Timekeeper  Partner” TAG Heuer, famous Franco-Swiss watchmaking house since 1860, and the “Technical  Partner” Group Finservice, important Italian company in the subsidized finance sector. 
A relevant news this year will be the official presence of Ferrari Classiche, the historical branch of  Ferrari Spa, present with its own stand during the days of the sporting and technical checks at Palazzo  Te. 
Another news is worth mentioning: also this year Mantova Corse is committed to the “GPN Green”  initiative. As a demonstration of sensitivity to environmental protection and sustainability, at the end  of the event tall trees will be planted in selected areas of Mantua in order to compensate the  environmental impact in terms of CO2 emissions that the circulation of historic cars cause. 

The details of the 31st edition 

Participants: 267 confirmed crews, from all over the world. 
Admitted cars: all cars manufactured until 1976. 
Route: this thirty-first edition proposes a route of about 1,100 km among the central-northern Italian  beauties, crossing the suggestive landscapes of Lombardy, Emilia Romagna, Marche, Umbria and  Tuscany. 
Special Crews: Tazio Nuvolari's legendary car will symbolically take part in the event with the number  1 aboard the 1930 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport, the glorious car with which the “Flying Mantuan”  won the Mille Miglia 91 years ago. 

- Thursday 16th September: the day dedicated to the Sporting and Technical Checks - with an  appendix also in the early morning of Friday 17th September. 
- Friday 17th September, 10:45: The start of the event, from Piazza Sordello, in the hearth of Mantua. The first day the crews will cross the suggestive streets of Emilia, until the arrival at the Modena Racetrack. Here there will be the lunch break and the timed trials. The itinerary will then continue  over the Apennines, through the Raticosa and Futa passes, until the Mugello Circuit, the famous  Tuscan Formula 1 racetrack. The route until the Adriatic See will take the “traveling museum” to Cesenatico, for the refreshing and prestigious dinner at Grand Hotel Leonardo da Vinci*****. The  overnight stay in Rimini will follow.

- Saturday, 18th September: the second stage and the toughest day of the Gran Premio Nuvolari. The  crews will experience a largely renewed route: from Rimini to Urbino, then the Bocca Serriola pass,  Città di Castello, up to Magione at the Umbria Racetrack, the Trasimeno Lake and the break at Golf  Club Lamborghini in Panicale. Stamp controls will be performed in Castiglione del Lago, Cortona and  Piazza Grande in Arezzo. In the afternoon, the crews will drive along the roads of the Viamaggio  towards the Adriatic, with the media tests in Sant'Agata Feltria. The Republic of San Marino will  welcome the parade with the last set of time trials for the day, and with the stamp control in Piazza  della Libertà, at the apex of Mount Titano. The arrival of the second stage will be in Rimini, on the  runway of Piazza Tre Martiri. The evening will reserve to the competitors the traditional Gala Dinner  in honour of Tazio Nuvolari, in the wonderful Fellinian setting of the Grand Hotel di Rimini*****

- Sunday 19th September: the last day. The crews will return to Mantua. The route will make the  competitors face the last challenges, the decisive ones to decree the winner. Starting from Rimini, they will face the feared time trials of Meldola, then they’ll arrive in Faenza, as guests of the Formula  1 team Alpha Tauri. The arena of Piazza Ariostea will be the splendid location that Ferrara will offer  to competitors from all over the world. Then it will be time to return to Mantua, only after the stamp  controls in Bondeno, Poggio Rusco, San Giacomo, Bondanello and the break for lunch in the majestic  abbey of San Benedetto Po. Finally, Piazza Sordello will embrace again the competitors for the  farewell parade. 
The event in honor of Nuvolari is the third appointment of the Italian “Grandi Eventi” Championship  by ACI Sport, which also includes the Coppa Milano Sanremo, the Coppa d'Oro delle Dolomiti and the  Targa Florio Classica. 

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