21st February 2018.

Arturo Merzario will be the third patron of MotorLegendFestival 2018, April 20 to 22 at the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola. The driver from Civenna will join Riccardo Patrese and Giacomo Agostini as spokesperson for this unique event which, in addition to the first FIA Masters Historic Championship races reserved for F.1s, prototype sports cars, GTs and vintage touring cars, will include special events involving all disciplines of two- and four-wheel motor sports.

Merzario’s presence as a spokesman is no coincidence: the Italian driver has a very close relationship with Imola. In 1971 it was he who obtained the first victory of the Ferrari 512 M which dominated the 300 km race valid for the Interseries championship, while the following year he won the 500 km with the Ferrari 312 PB, the car which that season triumphed in the Prototype World Championship.

Arturo Merzario’s participation in MotorLegendFestival will be active: he will lower himself into the cockpit of one of the Alfa Romeo 33s of the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo in Arese, the car with which the Italian champion contributed with his many victories to winning the world manufacturer’s championship in 1975 and sports 1977.

In addition to the already scheduled exhibitions, the Motor Legend Festival 2018 will also host events reserved for Alfa Romeo 33s which will parade down the track. And the latest is that the Festival will pay tribute to Tecno, the Bologna-based single-seater manufacturer who became the benchmark in the racecar market of the 60s and 70s. Thanks to the contribution of former driver Fulvio Maria Ballabio, there will be a special Tecno Day, attended, among others, by Nanni Galli, one of the first Tecno Formula 1 drivers, and Gianfranco Pederzani, co-founder of the trademark.



The Alfa Romeo Tipo 33 is one of the longest-living sports-prototype cars in history. The very first one debuted in 1967 during the uphill race at Flèron, Belgium, with Teodoro Zeccoli at the wheel. It was a revolutionary prototype donning extremely lightweight bodywork, featuring a dynamic air intake on the hood and a 2 litre V8 engine. From that moment up until 1977 the Tipo 33 underwent deep modifications that have taken it, throughout its various versions, up to 2500cc and later to 3000cc, from eight to twelve cylinders, up to the turbocharge boost and through a series of different body types: from the monocoque to the tubular trellis and vice versa.

The Alfa 33s won the world championships in 1975 and 1977 and are considered among the most beautiful and futuristic covered-wheel cars ever built. Their records also include wins at the Targa Florio races in 1971 and 1975.



Tecno was the first Italian company to challenge English constructors in the high-performance single-seater market. Born from the passion of the Pederzani brothers, after dominating the go-karting world, at the start of the second half of the 60s Tecno became synonymous of single-seater in Formula 3 and record-breaking Formula 2. At the wheel of one of the Bolognaise cars, Clay Regazzoni became F.2 European Champion in 1970, outperforming the competition of big names such as BMW.

Before then the Tecno had won numerous national titles and reigned supreme in F.3 championships and races with so many world-class drivers that a list is impossible to make. Among the most famous Ronnie Peterson, Francois Cevert, Giovanni Salvati, Jonathan Williams, Nanni Galli, Gianluigi Picchi, Giancarlo Naddeo, Francois Mazet, Jean Pierre Jaussaud and, of course, Regazzoni.

In 1972 came the giant leap into world Formula 1 with a car fitted with a 12-cylinder boxer engine driven by Derek Bell, Nanni Galli and, in 1973, by Chris Amon, who came in sixth in the Belgian Grand Prix existing Formula 1 models and those of lower categories. Their drivers will include Nanni Galli, while Gianfranco Pederzani, one of the two trademark founders, has confirmed his presence at the event.


Ticket sales for admission to the Motor Legend Festival have begun. Tickets for one or two days or for the entire weekend can be purchased through TicketOne while the special Motor Legend Experience and the Motor Legend SPEED GOLD & PLATINUM tickets can be bought directly from the event site at where various packages to suit everyone’s taste are available.

Special? Yes, special tickets because MotorLegendFestival gives fans the opportunity to live out a unique experience firsthand. Depending on the ticket type, you will be given access to the paddock, the pit-lane and to the Ferrari pit garages; you will be able to enjoy a track experience in the passenger’s seat of supercars driven by professional drivers or in your own car, and have access to the covered grandstands with reserved seats and reserved car park facilities, as well as the possibility to savor lunch at the circuit. An event that will no doubt satisfy even the most refined fan palates.



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