The ELMS 4 Hours of Monza opens two weekends of Endurance races in the Temple of Speed

Forty-two crews at the start for the European championship, with an Italian representation of 12 drivers on the starting grid. Also on the track were the cars of the Ligier European Series, Mitjet Italia and Michelin Le Mans Cup.

The European Le Mans Series officially opens the two weeks dedicated to endurance races at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza. From Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd July the European championship drivers will warm up the audience of the Temple of Speed with the ELMS 4 Hours of Monza, the third seasonal round of the series. The event anticipates the round of the World Endurance Championship which will take place from 8 to 10 July with the WEC 6 Hours of Monza. An unmissable beginning of the month for Endurance enthusiasts.

At the start of the 4 Hours of Monza next weekend, there will be 28 teams for a total of 42 crews, divided into the LMP2, LMP3 and LMGTE classes. In addition to the ELMS, three support series will take to the track: Michelin Le Mans Cup, Ligier European Series and Mitjet Italia. There will therefore be a total of 8 matches that fans will be able to follow from the stands between Friday 1 and Sunday 3 July.

At the top of the overall and LMP2 rankings is the Italian team Prema Racing, which has won the victory in both races held so far this season. After the successes at Le Castellet and Imola, Louis Deletraz, Ferdinand Habsburg and the home driver Lorenzo Colombo will try to repeat themselves also in Monza and to hit the trio, trying to beat fierce competition.

The trio at the top of the ranking will have to contend with the other 16 cars starting in LMP2, among which the presence of the Panis Racing team, already triumphant on the Brianza track in 2021 and which will present an unchanged line-up at Monza compared to the two previous appointments with Julien Canal, Nicolas Jamin and Job Van Uitert.

In the LMP3 class, which sees the participation of 13 cars, Malthe Jakobsen, Maurice Smith and Michael Benham arrive at Monza with 11 points clear of the first rivals. The three driving the Ligier JS P320 - Nissan of the Cool Racing team currently precede the United Autosports team in the category classification, which comes to the Brianza stage with two crews on the starting grid.

The fight for the top position in the LMGTE class is even tighter, where three cars are currently paired on 26 points. Among these, there is also one of the seven Ferraris competing for the Championship, the F488 GTE EVO of the Rinaldi Racing team driven by Gabriele Lancieri, Pierre Ehret and Nicolas Varrone. The two Aston Martin Vantage AMRs of Team Oman Racing With TF Sport also have the same score.

The representation of Italian drivers at the start of the 4 Hours of Monza will be significant, with 12 drivers. In addition to the aforementioned Colombo and Lancieri, at the top of the standings in their classes, the participation of Alessio Rovera in the AF Corse Team and of Sergio Campana and Francesco Dracone in the BHK Motorsport team should be noted among the LMP2s.

The Italian flag also stands out among the LMGTEs, a category that has eight local drivers. Fabrizio Crestani races for Rinaldi Racing, while Lorenzo Ferrari and Gianmaria Bruni will complete, together with Christian Reid, the line-up of one of the two cars of the Proton Competition team. Giacomo Petrobelli will instead be on track for JMW Motorsport, while Iron Lynx presents a triptych formed by Claudio Schiavoni, Matteo Cressoni and Davide Rigon.

Track activity will start tomorrow, Thursday, with the Collective Tests for both the ELMS and Michelin Le Mans Cup drivers. The 42 ELMS crews have two free practice sessions scheduled, one on Friday at 11am. : 40 and the other Saturday at 9. The poleman will decide with three qualifying heats, one for each of the three categories, of 10 minutes each. The LMGTEs will go into action on Saturday at 1:40 pm, followed by the LMP3 at 2 pm and the LMP2 at 2:20 pm. The race will start on Sunday at 11:30.

The Italian anthem that will precede the traffic lights going off will be sung by Carola Campagna, an emerging talent of the Italian music scene who has demonstrated her talent in the talent All Together Now of Canale 5 and The Voice of Rai2. Instead, the youtuber and influencer Davide Cironi will give the start and wave the final checkered flag. The public will also be able to stay in close contact with the cars and drivers. The latter will grant fans autographs at 9:30 on Sunday in the pitlane while at 10:35 it will be possible for all fans to enter the starting grid.

The support series program is also full, with the Ligier European Series, Mitjet Italia and Michelin Le Mans Cup races. Ligier European Series , a single-make championship now in its third edition, two races (60 minutes + 1 lap) will run in the Temple of Speed respectively at 11:25 and 14:50 on Saturday. Four races for Mitjet Italia : two on Saturdays (at 10:45 and 16:10) and two on Sundays (at 9 and 16), lasting 20 minutes. On the other hand, the cars of the Michelin Le Mans Cup will compete only once with a competition of 110 minutes at 5:10 pm.

The public will be able to access the Circuit for free on Friday 1 July, paying only for the internal parking, while the purchase of the ticket is foreseen for Saturday and Sunday. Fans will also have access to the Fan Zone located in the Garden area where games, driving simulators, augmented reality viewers and corners with championship and Autodrome merchandising will be installed. The choice of street food will also be wide thanks to the refreshment area. The complete program of the event and more information are on the dedicated page ELMS - 4 Hours of Monza . (fm)

Safe driving, a course to become responsible pilots

Taking a safe driving course to learn how to drive responsibly is a great idea. The important thing, however, is to be clear about what safe driving means and what are the characteristics that a course must have to be really useful. Here are some tips for future riders with their heads on their shoulders.

Having a driver's license in your pocket does not mean being a good driver . Likewise, being technically capable behind the wheel does not necessarily imply that you are able to carry your car or motorcycle safely . It often happens, in fact, to meet people exceptionally capable of dominating their own car, perhaps even whizzing at high speed or in unfavorable conditions, however, precisely because of this excess of confidence, they implement very unsafe behavior , both for themselves and for any passengers or road users. Safe driving , therefore, is a very different concept from sporty driving or driving skills, and to implement it you don't have to be professional pilots . Not surprisingly, there are real theoretical-practical courses to learn how to drive safely , open to anyone with a driving license.

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What is meant by safe driving

To be more precise, the definition of safe driving includes a plurality of capabilities . Some have to do with technical aspects of car or motorcycle driving, while others have particular cognitive abilities. In summary, safe driving means:

  • Ability to control the vehicle in situations of poor grip with the road surface (such as in the case of wet asphalt or covered with ice)
  • Ability to control the vehicle in poor visibility situations (fog, heavy rain and the like)
  • Ability to prevent dangers and to behave in order to avoid or overcome them
  • Ability to self-assess one's driving ability (omitting to get behind the wheel if too tired or not perfectly lucid)

How it works and how much does a safe driving course cost

To learn the fundamentals of safety behind the wheel , the best way is to take a safe driving course . There are many on the market, some even officially organized by the ACI , at different locations. The Autodromo Nazionale Monza also frequently hosts events dedicated to safe driving. However, to choose the right course and not be attracted only by advertising, you need to pay attention to the program, which must mix both theoretical lessons and practical exercises in a balanced way. In addition, a serious safe driving course must include basic concepts from various fields : physics of movement, physics of materials, electronics, sociology, psychology. Only a multidisciplinary approach, in fact, can give that complete overview of the car (or motorcycle) and of oneself that is necessary to drive safely.

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Time Attack Series, battles in search of a fast lap at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza

The drivers will compete in the Temple of Speed for the fourth round of the Championship and will try to undermine Olivia Merlini's first place in the overall standings. The public will have free access to the Circuit.

The traffic lights go out for the Time Attack Series cars at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza. On Friday 24 and Saturday 25 June the drivers of the Italian series will return to the Temple of Speed to challenge each other in search of the fastest lap, thus giving life to the fourth round of the Championship, after those of Misano, the Red Bull Ring in Austria and Vallelunga. The day of the 24th will be dedicated to free practice, while from 9 am on Saturday 25th the qualifications and races of the various categories will start.

At the top of the overall standings there are currently two Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X, with Olivia Merlini preceding Serse Zeli by 60 lengths, winner of the last four editions of the series organized by Andrea Scorrano's WD Automotive. Both drivers compete in the major category, the Proto +. Marco Iacoangeli on the BMW Z4 GT3 is much more distant, currently over 200 points behind the leader.

It will also be a battle to win in the individual classes in the race. In addition to the Proto, the racing cars of the three Extreme categories - between Extreme, Extreme GT and Extreme Turbo - of the PRO classes - with PRO 2000, PRO 3000, Pro 3700, Pro XL - of the Supercar, Street and Street classes will compete on the Brianza track. Limited, which will see cars such as Toyota Yaris GR, Honda Civic Type R and BMW M2 Competition on the track - and of the Pocket Rocket, Super 2000 and Clubman classes - for a day of unmissable sporting battles also for the public present on the Circuit.

Spectators will be able to follow the event live directly from the stands of the Temple of Speed. Admission will be free, while you will pay for parking, with a cost of 10 euros for each car and 5 euros for each motorcycle. The Circuit shop will also be open - stocked with clothing and accessories from the Autodromo Nazionale Monza - and the JustSpeed Monza Karting, located in the inner square of the Parabolic Curve - Alboreto and equipped with a lounge bar area where you can cool off after driving. on the fast karts of the Temple of Speed. Further information and the complete program are available on the website

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Endurance races, when motorsport becomes endurance

Endurance races for cars are long-lasting competitions, even up to 24 hours, which require drivers to have a particular stamina. They are raced aboard Touring, Gran Turismo, Sport or prototype cars. In some cases, these are competitions that have made the history of motoring, such as the Mille Miglia or the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Usually, the first association that comes to mind when it comes to car racing is that with speed . Racing cars that devour the asphalt at over 300 km / h, drivers who attack the curves as if they never want to brake, single-seaters that whiz under the stands so fast that they are almost invisible. These are the images that the word motoring evokes to mind. Yet, there are competitions in which speed is not the most important variable , but where resistance counts, the ability to push beyond one's limits and stay behind the wheel for hours and hours, grinding kilometers after kilometers. It's the crazy world of car endurance .

What is endurance in sport and motoring

In reality, the term endurance is not a peculiarity of motoring and motorsport . There are endurance specialties in many sports, such as cycling, running or horse riding. The English word, in fact, translates with the Italian " resistance " and is used to define all those competitions that have a particularly long duration and therefore require athletes a considerable effort over time.

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How endurance car races work and how long they last

Currently, in motor racing, endurance races are held exclusively on the track , within racetracks that guarantee high levels of safety. A single endurance race of this type can last up to 24 hours .

In the past, in addition to track races, endurance road competitions were also planned, held in streets open to traffic. Their high danger, however, has led to their progressive cancellation or transformation into track races. Heirs of those old endurance road competitions are the current rallies , which however have very different rules and methods of development (and are not part of endurance races).

Endurance machines

Obviously, in order to face such particular competitions, suitable machines are needed. From an aesthetic point of view, endurance cars wink at Formula 1 single-seaters . They are light (up to 850 kg), equipped with powerful engines (even higher than 1000 horsepower) and therefore capable of exceeding 200 km / h. In general, endurance cars can be divided into four categories :

  • Touring , designed and built in series for road use and adapted to racing;
  • Gran Turismo , designed and built in limited numbers and adapted to racing;
  • Sport
  • Prototypes

The most important endurance races for cars

Among the endurance competitions of the past, there are some that have really made the history of motoring, such as the Mille Miglia (which now only exists in the form of historical re-enactment) or the Targa Florio (the oldest, today it has become a rally). . Among the races that are still held, however, one cannot fail to mention the 24 Hours of Le Mans , which is also a stage of the World Endurance Championship (WEC) . The latter is today the international competition par excellence in the sector. Since 2012, it has been managed by FIA and includes 6 races (which also include the 6 Hours of Monza and the famous 6 Hours of Spa ), open to cars Sport Prototypes (LMP1 and LMP2) e Gran Turismo (GTE-Pro and GTE-Am), to which the very powerful have been added from 2021 Hypercar . Other endurance races of international standing are the 24 Hours of Nurburgring in Germany, the 12 Hours of Bathurst in Australia, the 24 Hours of Daytona and the Petit Le Mans in the United States .

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Monza by bike, 4 itineraries not to be missed to discover the city and Brianza

A short guide to find out where to cycle in Monza and Brianza. Four cycle tourism itineraries suitable for all ages and training levels. A different way, slower and more aware, to discover some of the beauties of Monza: from the National Circuit to the Park, from the historic center to the Lambro river. Cycling you learn and discover.

Monza and Brianza are places rich in history, culture, art and nature, which can be visited on a bicycle . For this reason, in the area, cycling is an increasingly present reality. A travel modality that is worth experiencing at least once in a lifetime, because it helps you to enjoy things with greater slowness and depth . There are numerous possible itineraries to travel by bike in Monza and its surroundings; just as there are many services offered to tourists who love to cycle, starting with public bicycle rental . Below, 4 proposals to tour Monza and Brianza by bike, suitable for all ages, needs and training levels. Have a good ride!

Pedaling and adrenaline: bike tour on the track of the Autodromo Nazionale Monza

Have you ever imagined being able to tread, riding a bicycle , the famous track of the Autodromo Nazionale Monza ? It seems like a dream but it is reality. The Temple of Speed, in fact, on certain days of the year, opens its doors to amateur and professional cyclists who wish to take a tour of the track on two wheels. A unique emotion, which leads bike enthusiasts to try their hand on a truly special asphalt, full of history and adrenaline.

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Immersed in nature: discover the Monza Park by bicycle

The Monza Park, which is part, together with the Royal Villa , of the Royal Palace complex, is a place of indisputable charm, which has nothing to envy to the more famous Versailles. The largest fenced park in Europe, in fact, hosts a multiplicity of tourist attractions, for adults and children. And the best way to get to know and visit the Monza Park is by bicycle , which can also be easily rented on the spot .

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Between history and art: cycling in the historic center of Monza

The historic center of Monza is an elegant lounge, a treasure chest that holds pearls of beauty such as the Duomo of Monza with its Museum of Treasures , the Teodolinda Tower or the numerous and suggestive churches . Everything is gathered in a small square of a few square kilometers, almost flat. An ideal situation to try cycling tourists and visit the monuments and places of interest by cycling. Among other things, cycling makes you hungry and you will have an excuse to taste the specialties of Brianza cuisine .

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The Lambro ring: getting to know the river on a bike

You cannot visit Monza without paying homage to its true master: the Lambro river. And cycling is really the best way to approach this encounter. There are several cycling routes that run along the Lambro and allow you to get to know other areas of Brianza. Which one to choose? It all depends on your level of training and how much time you want to spend on the bike. One of the most interesting, however, is undoubtedly the circular tour that leads to Verano Brianza and back ( detailed route here ). A real ride in the heart of Brianza.

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In the Temple of Speed compared classic and modern with MIMO and 1000 Miglia

The Milano Monza Motor Show will be the protagonist of the Autodrome weekend with exhibitions and track activities of 50 automotive brands. Saturday the last stage of the 1000 Miglia on the Elevated Circuit.

The best of classic and modern cars will be at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza next weekend thanks to the dynamic activities of the MIMO Milano Monza Motor Show 2022 and the passage of the 1000 Miglia. After the success of the first edition of MIMO in 2021, when the Temple of Speed had become the exhibition theater of some of the most famous motorsport brands in the world, on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June 2022 there will be space for an eagerly awaited encore and for various novelties.

Two above all, free admission for the public to the Circuit with the MIMO pass and the transit of the Red Arrow for the fourth stage of the race. Thanks to the partnership between MIMO and the historical regularity race, enthusiasts will therefore be able to enjoy two days in which completely different car models will be compared, in a combination of styles between tradition and modernity.

The inauguration of the Milano Monza Motor Show took place today, Thursday 16 June, in Milan with the ribbon cutting in Piazza Duomo. 50 automotive and motorcycle brands will be exhibiting in the open air in the streets of the Lombard capital. From the morning of Saturday 19 June, the Autodromo Nazionale Monza will instead become the absolute protagonist of the event and the center of all the activities of the event.

As early as 9am the pits of the Circuit will be set up with previews and news - including 100% electric, hybrid or thermal models - of the brands involved, on display in one of the most renowned venues in international motorsport. Each platform that will act as a pedestal for the cars present at MIMO will have a QR code that will allow, once scanned, to find all the technical information of the product, as well as photographs and presentation videos.

In the afternoon, and this is another novelty, the Journalist Parade will take place at the Autodrome, which in 2022 will take place entirely in the Temple of Speed. This is the parade of automotive journalists accredited to the event, who will have the opportunity to take a tour of the track and on the elevated roads of the track.

The highlight of the day, however, will undoubtedly be the arrival on the Circuit of the crews of the 40th edition of the 1000 Miglia , which will compete for the fourth and final stage of the most famous regularity race in the world starting at 11 and until the early afternoon, when the cars will move to Brescia for the awards ceremony. The over 400 historic cars registered, produced between 1927 and 1957, will be preceded by the Ferrari Tribute parade and the victory of the race will be played with a timed test in the Temple of Speed.

From 6 pm, supercars and hypercars from Milan, Turin and Varano de 'Melegari will repeat the same route just taken by the crews of the Freccia Rossa for the MIMO 1000 Miglia Trophy, born from the partnership between the two events, whose winners will be awarded in the evening at the racetrack.

The same supercars and hypercars will also take the stage on Sunday 19 June, when fans will be able to enter the road again with their cars to play track day shifts between 9 and 18 in dedicated slots of 25 minutes. 'one. The event will be closed by the Cars & Coffee parade on the track, the international gathering of collectors of very high performance racing cars.

The public will be able to attend for free all the activities inside the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, as well as the test drives in the center of Milan, thanks to the MIMO pass, the electronic ticket that will allow interested parties to access the paddock and the open grandstands of the Temple. of Speed. Parking inside the Circuit costs 20 euros per car and 10 euros per motorbike. To download the MIMO pass and consult the complete program, you can visit the website .

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Test drive, a fundamental test before buying a car

With test drives, car dealerships give customers the opportunity to test the car they want to buy through a road test. The test drive, therefore, is a fundamental step in choosing a new car, because it allows you to know its driving characteristics and to understand if you are comfortable behind the wheel. But how does a test drive practically work? How long does it last? Does it have a cost? An in-depth study to find out more.

Buying a new car (but also a used one), especially for those who are passionate about engines, really represents a crucial moment. You have to decide the car manufacturer and then the model and a thousand other details that will make the car that will come out of the dealership unique. Beyond the more or less important details, what really matters when you are about to make such a special purchase is to understand the driveability of the new car . Driving, in fact, is not a merely technical question, but a skein of emotion and rationality, of gestures to be done mechanically and vibrations that are felt to the skin. So, to dispel any doubts, it is better to book a nice test drive .

What is a test drive

Literally, the English phrase test drive translates into "test drive" , better known also as " road test ". In reality, however, a few differences emerge if we thoroughly investigate the use that the motor industry makes of the two terms. The "road test" formula, in fact, is usually used by newspapers that deal specifically with engines to report the columns dedicated to reviews of new cars, made after a test drive that takes place "on the road". The test drive , on the other hand, refers to the possibility that car dealerships give potential customers to test the car they intend to buy, taking a short test drive . Finally, in some cases, events during which you have the opportunity to drive famous cars, such as Ferrari or Lamborghini, also take the name of test divas, even within official circuits. Adrenaline-pumping experiences very similar to track days , which also take place at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza

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How it works and how the test drive takes place in the dealership

But returning to talk about test drives in its classic meaning, it is interesting to know how it works , which follows an almost standard script, with some variations depending on the dealership that makes it. Usually, these are activities organized by appointment , in which the customer takes part, who gets to drive, and the car showroom consultant, who occupies the passenger seat and indicates the route to follow. The test, in fact, takes place on a public road open to traffic , near the dealership. It should be noted that, in the event of an accident , you are still covered by the retailer's insurance.

How long does it last?

The duration of the test drive varies , but usually ranges between 20 and 30 minutes , an adequate time to give the future buyer the opportunity to understand what sensations he receives from the car while driving and to familiarize himself with the spaces and controls.

How much?

Being aimed at the purchase of the car, the dealership has every interest in granting the test drive to the potential customer. For this reason, as a rule, this type of road test is totally free . Indeed, some car showrooms organize periodic test drive events to let anyone interested in trying the cars.

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Sports festival at the Autodrome with the Monza Sport Festival

The Temple of Speed will welcome 7000 athletes from 40 different sports disciplines to its spaces for the 45th appointment of the event.

The Monza Sport Festival returns to the Autodromo Nazionale Monza for the 45th edition of its history. After two years of forced stop, the event, promoted by the Unione Società Sportive Monza Brianza (USSMB) and now a traditional appointment, will bring seven thousand local athletes to the Circuit between tomorrow and Sunday 5 June, who will divide themselves into the forty scheduled disciplines. transforming the Temple of Speed into the largest Monza sports village for two days.

The event, organized with the Municipality of Monza and presented right at the Autodrome with a press conference on Wednesday 25 May, will be open to all lovers of sport and outdoor fun, without any requirement in terms of age and ability. For the participants, it will be possible to try, among others, airsoft, horse racing, fencing, skating and popular sports such as football, basketball, volleyball and tennis.

There will also be spaces dedicated to art and manual skills, with disciplines such as modeling and railway modeling, and strategy games, such as checkers. During the event, the 90th City of Monza Gold Medal Trophy - 45th Schiatti Cycling Trophy, a race of the FISR Italian Freestyle Rollerblade Championship and other federal youth competitions on two wheels are also scheduled.

The event will start tomorrow, Saturday 4 June, at 8:30 am, when the paddocks and the track of the Temple of Speed will be set up to kick off the activities. On the first day, the program will end at 6.30 pm, while on Sunday 5th June the activity will take place from 8 am to 6 pm. All athletes involved will receive the advice and assistance of qualified instructors.

The public will be able to follow the event live by accessing the circuit paddocks for free. Further information on how to participate in the event is available on the website , from which it is also possible to download the programs of the two days.

Regularity races for cars, when precision counts more than speed

In regularity races, both for historic cars and for modern cars, it is not important to be the fastest but the most precise. In fact, during a regularity race, set times are communicated to the driver and navigator to complete the various sections of the route. In addition, it is necessary to maintain a fixed average pace. Here's how they work and who can participate.

When one thinks of a car race, one tends to imagine four-wheeled racing cars whizzing on the asphalt at full speed. In reality, however, this is not always the case. In some races, in fact, the real goal is not to be faster than others by launching at hundreds of kilometers per hour, but to be more precise , sliding along the entire course with the regularity of a metronome. These are the so-called regularity races , a world that deserves to be known better.

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What are regularity races

By definition, in the world of motors, regularity races are those competitions in which participants are required to cover the different sections of the route at predetermined times . The route is marked in a Road Book , which is given to all crews. Furthermore, for the entire duration of the race, the cars must be driven at the indicated average speed (usually 50 km / h). The lengths of the regularity races are quite variable, between 80 and 300 km in total, sometimes even divided over different and consecutive days. Depending on the vehicles that are allowed to participate, the regularity races are divided into:

  • Classic Regularity , with cars in original trim, on public roads;
  • Sport Regularity , with cars in sport trim, on closed routes.

Each category, then, is further organized into races for historic cars and races for modern cars .

Regularity races for historic cars; who can participate

Regularity races for historic cars are reserved for cars over thirty years old , therefore registered before 1992. To participate in competitions of this type it is necessary to obtain a regularity sports license from the ACI , which requires as requirements:

  • possession of driving license B;
  • the possession of a sports medical certificate for the performance of competitive activities;
  • attendance of a specific theoretical-practical course.

Furthermore, the vehicle must be certified as a historic car and must therefore be equipped with a specific identity card , issued by CSAI or ASI, which certifies its conformity with the original model.

Regularity races for modern cars: who can participate

Regularity races for modern cars, on the other hand, are all those in which cars less than 30 years old (therefore registered after 1992) are allowed to participate. The entry rules are identical to those seen for historic car races, except for the vehicle certification form, which in this case is not provided.

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How a regularity race works

The functioning of a regularity race differs from competition to competition. There are, however, some elements that return, such as those concerning the composition of the crew, the presence of special stages during the journey, the timing of the time and the criteria for composing the final classification.

As for the crew , this consists of two people :

  • the driver , who drives the car;
  • the navigator , who has the extremely delicate task of managing the Road Book and giving the driver the right information.

From the point of view of the path , however, there are two relevant elements. The first concerns the departure. At the start, in fact, the cars are started staggered , with a cadence that is usually one vehicle every 30 or 60 seconds. The other important feature is the presence, along the route, of special stages, that is, stretches of road that must be covered in pre-established times, with precision to the hundredth of a second. To delay or to anticipate means to collect penalties.

Finally, as regards the final classification, a weight is usually also attributed to the age of the vehicle , to guarantee an advantage to the older ones, since they are the most difficult to drive.

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Legislation on historic cars: this is how it works, between requirements and advantages

For Italian law, are historic cars and vintage cars the same thing? What requirements must a vehicle have to qualify as a Historic and Collectible Car? What are the advantages of a machine certified as historic? Below, an in-depth analysis to better orient yourself in the fascinating vintage world of cars that made history.

The charm of a car does not fade with the passage of time, especially if it is cared for with passion and attention. Historic cars , in fact, retain a unique beauty, also because they are indelible testimony of the period in which they were conceived. Owning a car with historical value , therefore, is a real privilege, which those who love cars know how to appreciate. Among other things, precisely because of their importance, which transcends economic evaluation, historic cars are subject to particular legislation , which recognizes certain tax advantages for their owners. To be able to access it, however, the car must meet certain requirements .

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When a car becomes a historic car: the requirements

In fact, it is the law that indicates the characteristics that a vehicle must have in order to be defined as historic. In particular, the relevant rule is article 60 of the Highway Code which governs two types of vehicles: vintage cars and cars of historical and collectible interest (which are often confused with each other). According to this provision:

" The category of motor vehicles and vehicles of historical and collectible interest all include those registered in one of the following registers: ASI, Storico Lancia, Italian FIAT, Italian Alfa Romeo, Storico FMI".

The Highway Code, however, is not very exhaustive in terms of the requisites needed to certify the historical and collectible interest of a car and therefore obtain its inclusion in the aforementioned registers. The indication of these requirements, however, can be found elsewhere, such as in the regulations of the Italian Historical Automotoclub (ASI). A car is historic if:

  • at least 20 years have passed since its registration ;
  • it has bodywork, chassis and engine conforming to the original ;
  • it is in good condition .

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The advantages of a historic car: what can be done and what cannot be done

Once the historic car has been certified as such, it can access the legislation that concerns it and also the related tax advantages . As regards the possibility of driving on the road, the reference standard is always article 60 of the Highway Code:

Vehicles of historical or collectible interest can circulate on the roads as long as they meet the requirements for this type of vehicle, determined by the regulation.

Historic cars , therefore, can be used , except for professional or commercial activities. This is the biggest difference from classic cars , which, on the contrary, cannot drive.

As for the tax benefits, they were partially reduced by the 2015 Stability Law . Up to that date, in fact, all historic cars benefited from significant reductions in the costs of the road tax and insurance policy . Advantages that are now reserved only for historic cars over 30 years old . Specifically, these benefits materialize:

  • in the payment of a reduced tax and only if you choose to circulate the car;
  • in the payment of a very advantageous insurance policy because it has a fixed class of merit .

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