Some of the world's top racing drivers gathered in Italian city of Parma on saturday (11 June) to take in the historic 52 Km car race to Berceto.
Some of the world's top racing drivers gathered in Italian city of Parma on saturday (11 June) to take in the historic 52 Km car race to Berceto. But their transport was more stately and sedate than the modern racing cars they're used to. They were driving cars built between 1905 and 1930 -- and Enzo Ferrari himself watched the race.
SYNOPSIS: The calibre of the cars taking part was matched by the prowess of the drivers champions like Niki Lauda, Emerson Fittipaldi, Clay Regazzoni, and Carlos Reutmann. The cars were provided by the Alfa Romeo, Fiat and Lancia motor museums, and they were all in top condition.
Carlos Reutmann drove this 1931 Fiat Spyder Sport.
The winner was Maurizi Verini in a Fiat 2000, but the record of 117.4 Kph set by Mario Trdin 40 years ago still stands.
Niki Lauda in a 1934 Balilla Coppa d'oro. He drove well, but later retired because the wasn't feeling well. Emerson Fittipaldi took part in a 1947 Maserati -- more compatible with his ??? Prix driving ???.
The cars were specially checked and tuned by Lancia, Fiat and Alfa Romeo mechanics, and they all completed the race without any mechanical trouble or breakdowns. Enzo Ferrari received a gold trophy from the Mayor of Berceto -- as a mark of respect.