Ferrari Magazine celebrates the "Cavallino" hill-climb history
FERRARI - 30 April 2012
Roads and names full of glory like Mont Ventoux, Aosta/Gran San Bernardo, Trento/Bondone, Cesana/Sestrière, St.Ursanne and many others have written our motorsport specialty history, some of these events has come down to the present, with national or international validity.
But before World War II is also races on the Klausenpass in Switzerland, on the demanding Bologna/Passo della Raticosa, Parma/Poggio di Berceto in Italy, the Stelvio pass. It was the so-called motorsport "Golden Era", where even the hill-climbs were officially recognized as a major international event like first Formula 1 Grand Prix and endurance classics of Le Mans, Spa, the Nordschleife "green hell", the Targa Florio or the Daytona 24h.
Car races historians and enthusiasts know, there was a time when the hill-climbs has also been a very important part of official Ferrari sport activity, that in a few decades sided on tricolor and European mountains winning mechanical and Italian style "jewelry" as the Dino 206 P, the 412 P and the 250 LM, prototypes such as "almost standard" cars like the 212 Touring with true gentlemen drivers at the wheel.
By will of the Chief-Editor Antonio Ghini, No. #16 / March '012 exclusive quarterly Ferrari Magazine (reserved for Ferrari customers, but also found at this link) celebrates that era with a great service to the signing of Adriano Cimarosti.
It was an era that saw the birth in Italy and establish worldwide absolute epic champions such as Tazio Nuvolari, Lodovico Scarfiotti, Edoardo Lualdi Gabardi, just to name a few. Drivers of yesteryear, complete drivers who shared their commitment to racing, from Formula 1, Endurance, and indeed hill-climbs, no accident sometimes called "grand prix".
With the help of wonderful and unique archival black and white images are retraced the steps of this Ferrari "story within a story", a story that comes up today with the news and the "color" of Leo Isolani's Ferrari 575 GTC.
It's a right and welcome recognition of the Isolani Racing Team "project" to restore the Ferrari in a permanent and successful way in the hill-climbs world. A project already been mentioned on many occasions, many times by our team's successes during this first decade of activity and absolute Ferrari fidelity: 4 GT cups in as many issues of the FIA European Hill-Climb Championship, more than 16 tricolor cups in various classes and the pearl of the Italian GT Championship Title won from Leo Isolani in 2011 CIVM.
" See the photo of our 575 " - declares Isolani - " side by side black and white photos of other glorious Ferrari who wrote the Maranello hillclimb history fills me with pride, but at the same time is a great satisfaction for the work done so far. It makes me smile to read my name matched that of another great driver from Marche: Lodovico Scarfiotti, although towards the career road traveled by this great champion my victories are just some little "steps".
But my 575's image, formatted in that article makes me think more like a springboard to future achievements and successes of Isolani Racing Team, as indeed it also concludes the prestigious article from Cimarosti.
We are currently experiencing a transition period, we will participate in some prominent races in Italy and Europe, as well as other initiatives such as this.
Thanks Ferrari ! "