Articles tagged Vincenzo Florio

Page 171 of December 2014 archive issue thumbnail Page 171, December 2014

From the archives with Doug Nye

The Italian job offer Tony Vandervell chose to pass on this chance to buy a novel Grand Prix project that made big claims I could hardly believe my eyes. Flicking idly through an old Vanwall correspondence file, I have just found this long-buried gem. On July 18, 1955, Arialdo Ruggeri of the Scuderia Automobilistiche Milan, Via Mose Bianchi 71, Milan, Italy, wrote personally to Tony Vandervell of...

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Track visit: Le Mans 1906

It’s 100 years since the first grand prix was held, on the roads near Le Mans, in 1906. It was won by a Renault, so we just had to drive the course in a Clio V6 To paraphrase Pete Townshend, this straight goes on for miles and miles and miles and miles and miles. Fifteen minutes away from here is the legendary Ligne Droite des Hunaudières, and you laugh when you consider that, for 1991, they had...

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One hundred and sweet sixteen

Maserati’s century of life has created some magnificent cars, notably the 16-cylinders One of the most celebrated of all great Maserati designs is the Sedici Cilindri – the 16-cylinder – campaigned by the always tiny Bologna factory from 1929 to 1934. It’s not the type’s fantastic success that has left it with legendary lustre – it’s more the sheer ‘WOW!’ factor of such a complicated box of...

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Credit where it's overdue

Nino Vaccarella is remembered as a Targa Florio specialist, when in fact he won all the big events in sports car racing’s golden age By Michael Oliver We’d wager that Nino Vaccarella wouldn’t immediately spring to mind if you were asked to draw up a list of great sports car racers. A Targa Florio specialist surely, we hear you say, a one-trick pony. But consider this: Vaccarella is one of only...

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HE MONZA GRAND PRIX. CARACCIOLA WINDS UP A MAGNIFICENT SEASON FOR ALFA ROMEO BY WINNING AT THE TERRIFIC AVERAGE SPEED OF 110.8 M.P.H. THE Monza Grand Prix, organised by Vincenzo Florio, has always' been totally different from other Grand Prix races, in that the meeting is composed of three heats of 100 kilometres length, a repechage of 50 kilometres, in which those who have failed to qualify in...

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ALFA-ROMEO DOES THE HAT TRICK THE prospects for the Italian Grand Prix to be held at the Monza track on Sunday, June 5th, were definitely promising. Official teams of Alfa-Romeos, Bugattis and Maseratis, backed up by ten well-known independent critics. Signor Vincenzo Florio, the organiser of the race, had every reason to be satisfied with his efforts. • In addition, one heard that the Bugatti 4....

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Targa Florio

It was more than a race: It was a passion, a passion so strong that it still burns today. Paul Fearnley is swept off his feet by it, 23 years after the final chequer. A straight. After the innumerable (832 if you really must know) twists and turns, it's a straight that sticks in my mind. Odd that. And it's not the four-mile, aching-aim-flexing, crotch strap-readjusting, gauge-checking blind out...

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Veteran Types

Veteran IK-REBUFF0'5 /924 COPPA FLORIO IT ALA "E. K. H. K's" own veteran racer, truly a car with a history. ON the 10th September, 1905, Raggio driving a 100 h.p. Itala, won the race for the Florio Cup at Brescia, covering the 312 miles at an average speed of 65.39 m.p.h. It was the second race which had been run for the Cup and the first of a new series ; for, starting from 1905, the donor,...

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An island race

Bill Boddy recounts the growth of the Targa Florio from one man's dream to everybody's idea of a road race adventure The early Targa Florios have had their place in motor racing history obscured by European grands prix. That's a shame, because this daunting event was perhaps the greatest road race of them all. The low average winning speeds of these grim contests over the Sicilian mountains and...

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THE ITALIAN GRAND PRIX Sweeping Victory for Maserati. ACHILLE VARZI, driving a 2i-1itre Maserati instead of his more usual Alfa-Romeo won the Italian Grand Prix at Monza on Sunday 7th September, his average speed for the 150 miles of the final being 93i m.p.h. A second straight-eight Maserati of the same type driven by Luigi Arcangeli was second only a length or two behind the winner, while...



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