This year’s Modena Cento Ore, the only rally held on both the racetrack and off-piste, opened in early June at the Monza Eni Circiut. For four days we went through Lombardy, Emilia Romagna and Tuscany, to finally come back to Modena. Racing vehicles from the years of construction 1919 to 1981 or normal road vehicles up to 1977 are allowed to participate. Compared to the previous year, the field of foreign drivers has doubled. Teams from 18 countries had registered, mainly from England and even some American teams. Two women’s teams were also at the start.
On the first day, the participating vehicles lined up in Piazza Trento and Trieste in Monza. On their journey through the north of Italy, the rally visited the racetracks of Varano, Mugello and Modena.
Also for the environment something is done. In order to make up for the CO2 emissions, trees are planted in the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines.
The level of the cars taking part was worthy of one of a world level Concours d’Elegance with just one major difference: the Modena Cento Ore gives these cars the opportunity to be admired in motion, becoming a perfect motoring museum on tour to the most beautiful places in Italy.
Some feelings are difficult to express, but the showing of the video of the cars speeding over the high speed oval at Monza met with such applause that it can only be interpreted as a unequivocal sign that Monza and its high speed track were the symbols of this 17th edition of the rally.
The final ranking also indicates that no single model had a clear advantage over the others: the more powerful cars fared better on certain tracks; the more agile cars did better on others, whilst the uphill special stages allowed others still to shine.
The fact that at the start of the last circuit trial, after four days of racing, only 0.4 seconds separated the cars holding first and second place is exemplary.
Selezione Day 0
Selezione Day 1
Selezione Day 2
Selezione Day 3
Selezione Day 4