Imola, April 21st 2018
An invasion of people at the MotorLegendFestival: from morning until late afternoon, the Imola circuit boasted the electrifying atmosphere of a large-scale event. From the FIA Masters Historic Championship races to exhibition laps and from shows to conference and meetings with the public, the first edition of the show is proving to be a great success.
For the first time, Italian fans have chance to see the very cars and bikes that have contributed to motorsport history for themselves.
The static exhibition, a long strip extending from the Rivazza paddock to the central paddock behind the garages, has visitors remembering and dreaming about the days when motorsport was the stuff of legend.
Meetings with the stars themselves have only confirmed the interest fans are showing in racing’s recent past. A tribute to Elio De Angelis, an event in which both Riccardo Patrese and René Arnoux took part, highlighted some previously unknown details about the great Roman driver, winner of the 1985 San Marino Grand Prix. Following on from this, Giacomo Agostini and Mario Donnini talked about the Italian ace’s experience in the world championship and the Tourist Trophy, while in the afternoon Riccardo Patrese, Erik Comas, Emanuele Pirro, René Arnoux, Pierluigi Martini and Arturo Merzario recalled various entertaining episodes in the career of Ayrton Senna. The Formula 1 book by Mario Donnini, spanning the period from 1950 to today, was also presented.
The on-track show was equally entertaining, with action including the first race of the Formula 1 San Marino Grand Prix (the second to take place on Sunday at 2.45pm). Race one was won by the Williams of Irishman Mike Cantillon, ahead of that of Frenchman D’Asembourg and the Lotus driven by Thornton. Poleman O’Connell dominated early on with his ATS, but was forced to retire.
Martini Racing exhibited its racing jewels, with Patrese at the wheel of the Lancia LC1 and Pirro driving the Beta Montecarlo Turbo Gr.5, and then there was a second parade dedicated to the great motorcycle champs, including Giacomo Agostini, Johnny Cecotto, Phil Read, Freddie Spencer and Carlos Lavado, who will be back on track again on Sunday.
Tomorrow marks the grand finale, with an even richer programme of events: as well as the second Formula 1 San Marino GP race, Jacky Icks will drive the Ferrari 312B with which he finished second in the 1970 world championship, while Riccardo Patrese will drive the Brabham BT49-Cosworth with which he won the thrilling Montecarlo GP in 1982. All of this will be preceded by a conference, at 11am, during which Jacky Ickx, Mauro Forghieri and Paolo Barilla will talk about the 312B, the first F1 Ferrari 12-cylinder boxer, recently restored by its designer and driver.
Racing will continue on track, as will the various exhibitions by Martini Racing, Alfa Romeo Autodelta, Tecno, Dallara and Pagani, as well as those by Ferrari Corse Clienti, the Maranello F1 cars the ultimate stars at the track dedicated to the memory of Enzo and Dino Ferrari.
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