endurance races

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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Formula 1 World 2022: news, calendar, drivers, rankings and all the information

The 2022 Formula 1 World Championship promises to be full of news and emotions. With its 23 Grands Prix (including 2 in Italy) it will be the longest championship ever and will also see the debut of the first Chinese driver. There are also many innovations in terms of regulation and aerodynamics, with the return of the ground effect, the debut of 18 '' tires and the increase in the weight of the cars. In this article, all the essential information, the calendar, the teams and the drivers in the race.

February is the month for the official presentations of single-seaters and test drives. In March, however, the 2022 Formula 1 World Championship gets underway. In fact, on March 20, the first Grand Prix of a very long season is scheduled, destined to close only at the end of November. 10 teams and 20 drivers will battle on tracks all over the world, to snatch the trophies won in 2021 from Marx Verstappen (drivers 'championship) and Mercedes (constructors' championship). Here's everything you need to know about the upcoming Formula 1 season.

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F1 2022 Championship: what changes in the regulation

Year after year, the F1 World Championship changes and improves, in the continuous search for adrenaline and emotions to give to all motorsport fans. The 2022 edition also continues in this vein, with the introduction of new aerodynamics and regulations, some of which are truly revolutionary.

The first and perhaps most evident is the return of the ground effect , that is an aerodynamic modification of the cars aimed at increasing the importance of the road surface while driving, favoring duels and head to head. Another big leap forward is the tire change , with Pirelli saying goodbye to the 13 '' tires to launch the 18 '' ones . And the tires will also be the protagonists of another change compared to the recent past. Unlike in 2021, in fact, the first 10 drivers on the grid will be obliged to use the same set of tires in qualifying (Q2) in the race . Therefore, at the start the single-seaters can be equipped with tires chosen ad hoc. Finally, the novelty regarding the minimum weight of the cars , which rises to 795 kg , a good 43 more than the 2021 Formula 1, deserves to be highlighted.

Read also: The 2022 calendar of single-seater presentations and official tests

The 2022 Formula 1 racing calendar

The 2022 edition of the Formula 1 World Championship will be the longest ever. In fact, the World Automobile Championship will count as many as 23 Grands Prix , of which 2 in Italy (Imola and Monza ). Australia, Canada, Japan and Singapore are back on the calendar, while Miami (Florida) makes its absolute debut . It starts on March 20 with the Bahrain Grand Prix , scheduled at the Sakhir circuit, and ends on November 20 in Abu Dhabi , on the Yas Island post office. Here is the complete program.

  • 17-20 MAR - Bahrain Grand Prix - Sakhir (Bahrain) - Contested - Winner: Lecrerc on Ferrari
  • 24-27 MAR - Saudi Arabian Grand Prix - Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) - Contested - Winner: Verstappen on Red Bull
  • 7-10 APR - Australian Grand Prix - Melbourne (Australia) - Contestant - Winner: Lecrerc on Ferrari
  • 21-24 APR - Grand Prix of Made in Italy and Emilia Romagna - Imola (Italy) - Winner: Verstappen on Red Bull
  • 5-8 MAY - Miami Grand Prix - Miami (Florida) - Winner: Verstappen on Red Bull
  • 19-22 MAY - Spanish Grand Prix - Barcelona (Spain) - Winner: Verstappen on Red Bull
  • 26-29 MAY - Monaco Grand Prix - Monte Carlo (Monaco) - Winner: Perez on Red Bull
  • JUN 09-12 - Azerbaijan Grand Prix - Baku (Azerbaijan) - Winner: Verstappen on Red Bull
  • 16-19 JUN - Canadian Grand Prix - Montréal (Canada) - Winner: Verstappen on Red Bull
  • 30-3 - JUN-JUL - British Grand Prix - Silverstone (England)
  • 7-10 JUL - Austrian Grand Prix - Spielberg (Austria)
  • 21-24 JUL - French Grand Prix - Le Castellet (France)
  • 28-31 JUL - Hungarian Grand Prix - Budapest (Hungary)
  • 25-28 AUG - Belgian Grand Prix - Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium)
  • 1-4 SEP - Dutch Grand Prix - Zandvoort (Holland)
  • 8-11 SEP - Italian Grand Prix - Monza (Italy)
  • 22-25 SEP - Russian Grand Prix - Sochi, Russia
  • 29-2 SEP-OCT - Singapore Grand Prix - Marina Bay Street Circuit (Singapore)
  • 6-9 OCT - Japanese Grand Prix - Suzuka (Japan)
  • 20-23 OCT - United States Grand Prix - Austin (Texas)
  • 27-30 OCT - Mexican Grand Prix - Mexico City (Mexico)
  • 10-13 NOV - Sao Paulo Grand Prix - Sao Paulo (Brazil)
  • 17-20 NOV - Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Yas Island (Abu Dhabi)

The drivers and teams that will compete for the F1 world title in 2022

If the regulations and the calendar of the 2022 Formula 1 World Championship prove to be full of news, fewer surprises come instead from the list of teams and their respective drivers present at the starting grid. The teams , in fact, are the same as last year , having all reconfirmed their presence. And even on the front of the drivers who will drive the single-seaters, there are few grafts and changes. The most important news is undoubtedly the debut of the first Chinese driver in Formula 1: Guanyu Zhou , who will drive an Alfa Romeo . Also noteworthy is the arrival in Williams of Alexander Albon , who replaces George Russell , who moved to Mercedes . In turn, the British driver replaced Valtteri Bottas , who landed at the wheel of the Alfa Romeo .

Here are all the complete teams.

Haas

  • Mick Schumacher - confirmed
  • Nikita Mazepin - confirmed

Red Bull

  • Max Verstappen - confirmed
  • Sergio Perez - confirmed

Aston Martin

  • Sebastian Vettel - confirmed
  • Lance Stroll - confirmed

McLaren

  • Daniel Ricciardo - confirmed
  • Lando Norris - confirmed

AlphaTauri

  • Pierre Gasly - confirmed
  • Yuki Tsunoda - confirmed

Williams

  • Nicholas Latifi - confirmed
  • Alexander Albon - new

Ferrari

  • Charles Leclerc - confirmed
  • Carlos Sainz - confirmed

Mercedes

  • Lewis Hamilton - confirmed
  • George Russell - from Williams

Alpine

  • Fernando Alonso - confirmed
  • Esteban Ocon - confirmed

Alfa Romeo

  • Valtteri Bottas - from Mercedes
  • Guanyu Zhou - from the Formula 2 World Championship

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Results and standings of the Formula 1 World Championship 2022

Below, the updated rankings of the drivers 'and constructors' worlds, after two races.

The 2022 Formula 1 drivers standings

  1. Verstappen Max - Red Bull - 175 points
  2. Perez Sergio - Red Bull - 129 points
  3. Leclerc Charles - Ferrari - 126 points
  4. Russell George - Mercedes AMG - 111 points
  5. Sainz Carlos - Ferrari - 102 points
  6. Hamilton Lewis - Mercedes AMG - 77 points
  7. Norris Lando - McLaren - 50 points
  8. Bottas Valtteri - Alfa Romeo - 46 points
  9. Ocon Esteban - BWT Alpine - 39 points
  10. Alonso Fernando - BWT Alpine - 18 points
  11. Gasly Pierre - AlphaTauri - 16 points
  12. Magnussen Kevin - Haas - 15 points
  13. Ricciardo Daniel - 15 points
  14. Vettel Sebastian - Aston Martin - 13 points
  15. Tsunoda Yuki - AlphaTauri - 11 points
  16. Zhou Guanyu - Alfa Romeo - 5 points
  17. Albon Alexander - Williams - 3 points
  18. Stroll Lance - Aston Martin - 3 points

The 2022 Formula 1 Constructors' classification

  1. Red Bull - 304 points
  2. Ferrari - 228 points
  3. Mercedes - 188 points
  4. McLaren - 65 points
  5. Alpine - 57 points
  6. Alfa Romeo - 51 points
  7. AlphaTauri - 27 points
  8. Aston Martin - 16 points
  9. Haas - 15 points
  10. Williams - 3 points19

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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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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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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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Visiting Monza with children, 3 tips to entertain them (and have fun)

What can you do and what can you see in Monza with children? The city of Brianza is full of opportunities to entertain the little ones and make them discover new things. Three destinations, however, are truly unmissable when visiting Monza with children: the National Circuit, the Royal Villa and the Civic Museums.

Monza and Brianza are perfect tourist destinations for families with children . In fact, alongside the artistic and natural beauties of which the territory is rich, there are also many attractions designed for the little ones . In fact, just a simple walk through the historic center of Monza or a visit to the Duomo and its Treasury are activities that intrigue and entertain children, as well as adults. However, if you want to go without fail and leave them speechless, these three places must certainly be included in your travel itinerary: the Autodromo Nazionale Monza , the Royal Villa and its Park , the Civic Museums .

Autodromo Nazionale Monza, family size speed

In Monza, the Autodrome is a kind of city institution, a symbol known throughout the world as the Temple of Speed . Every year, thousands of people visit it or take part in the numerous sporting events it hosts, including the Italian Formula 1 Grand Prix . A magical place that exerts a very special charm on children, thanks to its beauty and the indisputable attractiveness of the cars and champions that pass through it. What matters most, however, is that the racetrack is truly a family-sized tourist attraction, which can also be experienced by those who are not passionate about engines. The possibilities for fun, in fact, are many: from bicycle rides to guided tours that lead young and old to discover all the secrets of the structure.

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Monza Park, guaranteed fun for children of all ages

If there is a place in Monza that is truly child-friendly, it is probably the park attached to the Villa Reale . It is an almost unique green area, the largest enclosed park in Europe, capable of rivaling the most noble Palace of Versailles. Visiting the Villa and its Gardens is certainly one of the first things to do when passing through Monza; even the little ones will be fascinated by it. What really makes children go crazy with joy, however, is the freedom and fun they can enjoy while running around the magnificent park, jumping from one attraction to another: paths surrounded by greenery (such as that of gnomes or that of witches) , adventure park , the ride on the little train and much more.

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Civic Museums

The Civic Museums are another small jewel of Monza, less known than other city monuments but equally significant. They are located in the historic center and offer a rich catalog of permanent and temporary exhibitions, which meet the tastes of young and old. At the same time, however, the proposal of the Civic Museums of Monza is full of initiatives dedicated to children, with creative workshops for all ages. To find the most suitable, simply consult the official website .

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Drifting by car, an adrenaline-pumping maneuver for true professionals

Drifting is one of the most adrenaline-pumping and spectacular car maneuvers. If you don't know how to drift perfectly, however, the feat can be quite dangerous, because you lose control of the car. That's why drifting is considered a gesture by true motoring professionals. Not surprisingly, there are sports competitions for drifting champions.

Speed and adrenaline-pumping maneuvers . These are the two main ingredients that make motoring a success, at any level. For lovers of cars and driving, few things are more exciting than a racing car that launches at full speed on the asphalt of a track or that ventures into overtaking and risky maneuvers. And drifting is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular displays of talent in the world of four wheels. A maneuver that has also given life to a real sport and that has been consecrated cinematically by the Fast & Furious film series. So it deserves to be known better.

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What does “drifting” mean?

The literal translation into Italian of the English term drifting is " adrift ". In fact, in the drift maneuver, the car seems to drift , because the driver voluntarily loses control of the rear and manages the whole car with only the front wheels. For this reason, it is also called a controlled skid or, in a more slang, a skid . From the outside, the effect that can be seen is spectacular and adrenaline-pumping: the racing car seems to slide off the track , then regain control and go back to speed quickly, having retained much of its speed. This is a very popular rally maneuver, for tackling curves without using the brake too much. Over the years, then, real drifting sports competitions have been established, in which the winner is the one who is more precise in performing the maneuver and gets as close as possible to an obstacle without knocking it down. In addition, drifting is also widely used in car shows, such as those offered by professional stunt-men in theme parks and reviews.

How to do a car drift maneuver

Such spectacularity corresponds to a considerable difficulty of execution . Drifting correctly is not easy. There are several techniques , which differ from each other especially in the first part of the maneuver, the one that serves to trigger the drift. The simplest is that which involves the use of the handbrake , which is pulled with a firm blow when the curve is reached at speed; then you start to counter-steer and start accelerating again. A variant of this technique is the so-called bridge lock , in which the normal brake is used instead of the handbrake, downshifting and abruptly leaving the clutch once the curve has been set. The most professional technique, however, is the pendulum , which associates an abrupt braking with a decisive counter-steering, carried out with the car launched into a curve at high speed. It should be noted that, given its danger, drifting must only be performed on the track or in large and deserted places , where there are neither people nor obstacles of any kind. In addition, you should be aware that the maneuver involves considerable tire wear.

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The best machines for drifting

In general, to be able to carry out a drifting maneuver it is necessary to get behind the wheel of a rear-wheel drive car. With front-wheel drive cars, in fact, you risk being able to do a more or less spectacular spin, which is very different from a controlled skid. Even among rear-wheel drive cars, however, not all of them are effective in drifting. Not surprisingly, in official competitions cars designed specifically for this specialty are used, often derived from street car models.

Sports drifting competitions

On the other hand, the creation of ad hoc machine models is the natural consequence of the transformation of drifting into a sport specialty . The precursor of the sector, in the 70s, was the Japanese driver Keiichi Tsuchiva , considered the father of modern drifting, born within the Japanese Touring Car Championship. Over the decades, the number of competitions has multiplied, even outside the Japanese borders, which however remains the area with the most important events. These are races in which, as already mentioned, the ability of the pilots to drift correctly and their accuracy are assessed, according to strict judgment criteria. Worldwide, the most famous competitions are the D1 Grand Prix (Japan) and Formula Drift (USA and Japan). The Drift Masters European Championship is also very popular with pilots. In Italy, however, the most important race is the Italian Drifting Championship, divided into three categories: racing Pro, Racing Pro 2 and Street Open.

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Mille Miglia, the most beautiful race in the world told in a nutshell

History and curiosities about the Mille Miglia, the car race that has turned into a race for vintage cars, without losing its charm. An evocative competition, which takes place between Brescia and Rome, along a path of about 1600 kilometers through central Italy.

Mille Miglia is perhaps one of the most evocative names in motoring, especially in Italy . It entered the common language as a symbol of a race with epic contours , a race that perfectly mixes sporting spirit, passion for engines and extravagance. Not surprisingly, the Mille Miglia is considered one of the most beautiful races in the world and every year attracts hundreds of drivers and enthusiasts from all over the world. But how was this famous appointment born? How has it evolved over the years? What curiosities does it hide?

The history of the Mille Miglia: yesterday and today

The best thing to do to tell the Mille Miglia is to start from its history , which is a characterizing element. The life of this car race can be divided into two major phases: that of the actual race and that of the historical re-enactment . The first phase goes from 1927 , the date of the debut edition , to 1957 (with two pauses, in 1939 and between 1941 and 1946). In recent years the Mille Miglia is characterized as a long distance car race , which begins and ends in Brescia , crossing along the route of about 1600 kilometers (equivalent to 100 imperial miles) most of central Italy, up to Rome . The idea of organizing it stems from a protest linked to the failure to assign the Italian Formula 1 Grand Prix to the city of Brescia, which instead went to Monza and its National Autodrome . A disappointment from which a fantastic story was born. The second life of the Mille Miglia , on the other hand, began in 1977 and continues today. The event has turned into a historical regularity race in stages , which sees fascinating vintage cars parade along a route that traces the original idea and goes from Brescia to Rome and back. The goal is to complete it in a set time, without anticipating and without delaying.

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7 things to know about the Mille Miglia

Already from these brief historical notes it is possible to guess the uniqueness of the Mille Miglia, which from a simple car race has been able to transform itself into a myth. To get to know it even better, here are seven things you absolutely need to know.

Who invented it

The creators of the Mille Miglia were Giovanni Canestrini, Franco Mazzotti, Aymo Maggi and Renzo Castagneto , renamed “the four musketeers”. Of this poker of aces, however, the most active promoter of the race was certainly Castagneto, then president of the Automobile Club Italia of Brescia.

Where does it start and where does it come from

As mentioned, the Mille Miglia kicks off in Brescia , where the arrival is also fixed. For the Lombard city, the race is a historical symbol of great value, an event around which the whole city colors and comes alive. The beating core of the whole event, from the earliest years, is Piazza Vittoria .

What is the race course

The route of the Mille Miglia undergoes small changes with each edition, going to touch different locations in central Italy. The immovable fixed points, however, are the length, which must be around 1600 kilometers , that is a thousand imperial miles, and the passage through Rome .

Which historic cars can participate

Only historic cars produced before 1957 and of which at least one example took part or was registered in the original Mille Miglia can participate in the current version of the Mille Miglia.

How many cars participate

There is no minimum or maximum number of participants allowed . The car record at the start was recorded in 2017, on the occasion of the race that celebrated the 90th anniversary of the first edition of the Mille Miglia.

How and what to win

As this is a regularity race, the first prize goes to whoever deviates the least from the established travel time. Arriving early or late, in fact, involves the assignment of penalties. Whoever collects fewer penalties is the winner and wins the first prize, symbolic but very prestigious: a cup that faithfully reproduces that of the classic Mille Miglia .

When the Mille Miglia 2022 will take place

The 2022 edition of the Mille Miglia will be number 40 since the race was reborn as a historic car race. The competition will take place from 15 to 18 June . In first stage , the competitors will start from Brescia and arrive in Cervia - Milano Marittima; in second stage they will cross central Italy, passing through San Marino and Norcia and landing in Rome; in third , instead, they will go up north through Tuscany, until reaching Parma; finally, in the fourth will compete in tests in the circuit of varano de 'Melegari, to then reach the Autodromo Nazionale Monza via Salsomaggiore and Pavia.

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What to see in Brianza (besides Monza): 5 tips not to get lost

There are many things to do and see in Brianza, the heart of Lombardy. In addition to Monza, in fact, the area holds a historical, artistic and naturalistic heritage of inestimable value. From the Adda to the Brianza lakes, from Montevecchio to Seregno, passing through places of undisputed value such as the Arese Borromeo palace. In this article, a short guide for tourists to Brianza not to be missed.

Italy is dotted with places rich in history, art and landscape beauties. Some are well known and told everywhere. Others, however, rarely conquer the limelight, but they are no less suggestive. Brianza is among the latter, even if an ever-increasing number of tourists choose it as a destination for short trips or longer holidays. This historic area of Lombardy, in fact, offers those who visit it a plurality of things to do and see . Itineraries suitable for all needs and different tastes, which allow you to discover a territory with a long and glorious history. Monza is undoubtedly the main attraction of Brianza, but around the historic city there are many other must-see places. The following list lists five, without claiming to be exhaustive. In Monza, on the other hand, separate articles are dedicated, given its importance:

The Adda, the Leonardo ferry and the ecomuseum

The Adda river is one of the symbols of Brianza and you cannot visit this area without dedicating some time to it, also because it offers many ideas. For example, within the Parco dell'Adda Nord there is the Ecomuseo Adda di Leonardo , divided into 18 stages along the river, with the aim of enhancing its natural resources and encouraging sustainable development. One of the main attractions of the Ecomuseum is the Leonardo ferry , which connects the two banks of the watercourse, that of Lecco and that of Bergamo. What's special about it? It is a ferry without an engine, which walks using only the force of the currents. For those who love outdoor activities, the Adda offers a fantastic cycle / pedestrian path .

The Brianza lakes

Still on the subject of naturalistic attractions, the Brianza lakes deserve to be mentioned, that is, those located in the upper Brianza, between Lecco and Como, a short distance from Monza. It is a series of five small lakes of glacial origin (Alserio, Pusiano, Montorfano, Segrino and Annone) immersed in lush vegetation and surrounded by fascinating landscapes. An ideal area for a quiet picnic or a mountain bike excursion .

Montevecchia

Montevecchia is a small but precious village perched on the hills of north-eastern Brianza . A small jewel that houses numerous prestigious monuments, such as the sanctuary of the Beata Vergine del Carmelo or the Villa Albertoni Agnese . Furthermore, the town is at the center of a beautiful hilly landscape, which can host long and healthy walks. Finally, the food and wine delicacies, such as Pincianèl , a red wine with the IGT denomination, deserve to be honored.

Seregno

Another municipality in Brianza that must necessarily be included in one's travel itinerary is Seregno . It is a much larger and more populous town than Montevecchia, but whose historic center preserves a unique and ancient flavor. Among the most important monuments there are certainly the Collegiate Basilica of San Giuseppe , the Torre del Barbarossa , the Sanctuary of Santa Valeria and the Abbey of San Benedetto .

Arese Borromeo Palace and Garden

Cesano Maderno , a town in the province of Monza and Brianza, houses the Palazzo Arese Borromeo , with its suggestive garden. An enchanting place, where art, history and culture meet. Behind the austere façade, the building hides an incredible wealth of frescoed rooms. Likewise, the well-kept outdoor space is populated by statues and fountains. The original structure of the building dates back to the second half of the 1600s, but has since been transformed and enriched over the centuries.

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