The Gran Premio Nuvolari – does it compare to the Mille Miglia?
- The Gran Premio Nuvolari – does it compare to the Mille Miglia?
The Gran Premio Nuvolari; a real insider rally among classic car enthusiasts. After more than 20 successful rallys of the historic Gran Premio Nuvolari, the organizers have managed to make this classic car event something that can rival the world-famous Mille Miglia.
The Gran Premio Nuvolari really knows how to shine!
Did you know?
Many of the teams that drive in the Mille Miglia also drive in the Gran Premio Nuvolari! The ratings on the race events are also included in the Classic Car Rally championship events.
The Gran Premio Nuvolari has the best classic car teams in the world compete; more than 300 teams from 16 different nations drive the greatest classic sports car classis to Mantua. 70 different special stages along a 1000-kilometer rally track, an event full of exquisite excitement building up to the winners being chosen.
A Classic Car Rally with Unexpected Surprises
Compared to the Mille Miglia and the figure of its namesake, the Gran Premio Nuvolari is showing extensive restraint. The legacy that inspired this Classic Car Rally yields it to be as phenomonal of an event as it is and more.
If you are wanting to be surrounded bz celebrities and enjoy the commotion of media outlets, then the Mille Miglia is the right choice for you. However, if you prfer it more comfortable, yet equally as exciting, then consider coming to the Gran Premio Nuvolari. It is the perfect alternative for rare sport cars in action, with a crowd that really came for the events!
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For over 20 years, the Gran Premio Nuvolari today is held as a classic car rally. However, ever silently and in secret, this classic car rally has since developed into the beautiful sister of the Mille Miglia.
Every autumn Tuscany & Emilia Romagna turn into the state for fans of fantastic and historic motorsports. Nostalgic also recommends the Gran Premio Nuvolari as a delightful alternative to the Mille Miglia and each year offers a journey in which our guests experience the classic car race up-close and personal. Find out the details about the tour here.
To get an idea about what to expect from the Gran Premio Nuvolari explore some of the pictures taken from the 2018 tour. Also keep an eye out for some videos and pictures we have from 2019, all of our guests experiences the Gran Premio Nuvolari firsthand:
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The Gran Premio Nuvolari: paying homage to Tazio Nuvolari
Tazio Nuvolari, an Italian racing legend with illustrious character. Without him there would not be the Gran Premio Nuvolari. Discover some of the most incredible events of his heroic career.
An Unfortunate Career Begin with the Motorcycle
In a village of 2,000 near Mantua, in the Italian Po Valley, Tazio Giorgio Nuvolari saw his first light-of-day on November 16, 1892. His uncle, a motorcycle dealer for Bianchi motorcycles, spreads the love of racing to his nephew. It was in the military that Nuvolari first began as a motorist.
His career as the well-known racer Tazio Nuvolari started on a two-wheeler. On motorbikes from Norton, India and Garelli, he successfully participated in motorcycle races, then later on in his early career started leading the way for racing teams of Bianchi
While testing a new cars for the upcoming Monza Grand Prix for Motorcycles, Tazio Nuvolari crashed and suffered severe lacerations on his back. However, after only six days of resting he returned to the racetrack with a different team and won the race in the pouring rain!
That act of sportsmanship and conviction made the racing world stand up in awe and is the foundation that created the myth of Nuvolari!
Nuvolari as the Daredevil of Automotive Racing
In 1927 Nuvolari founded a private motor racing team together with notable motorcycle race and later rival Achille Varzi. His racing team bought two Bugattis and Nuvolari won many important races from the stand. However after some time Achille Varzi, who came from a wealthy merchant family could not handle being second to Nuvolari any longer. So he left the racing team and bought the best car available at the time: an Alfa Romeo P2.
Although it was only a short separation between Nuvolari and Varzi as Nuvolari eventually joined the Alfa Romeo team. From that point on their rivalry always reached fever-pitches on great racing stages such as the Mile Miglia as well as the Tripoli Grand Prix! The latter still has the mystery of a possible race-fix between these two racers and Baconin Borzachini.
Nuvolari always drove the competition to the ground, only having a few losses here and there typically because of injury from previous races, but he had to leave the Alfa Romeo after some disputes with the then team leader Enzo Ferrari.
He raced with Maserati for a short time, often having handful of problems with different cars, he later returned to Alfa Romeo after some support and a recommendation from the Prime Minister of Italy.
It was the greatest time of the superior “Silver Arrows” of Mercedes-Benz, at which Alfa Romeo could not stand against their cars, at least not without the daredevil and death-defying racer – Tazio Nuvolari, the “Flying Mantuan.”
The Grand Prix of Germany took place in Nürburging, and the stage was set for an iconic race to begin! The expected outcome was the victory of the “Silver Arrows”, but Nuvolari beat them with such an unexpected vehicle. He was behind the wheel of an Alfa Romeo P3, considered to be outclassed by the Mercedes-Benz W25s, but he won earning the applause of 300,000, and is still considered the most important and the greatest victories of his career.
Nuvolari Driving for Porsche
Years after his upset victory in Germany, Nuvolari sought out new experiences and left the Alfa Romeo team to join the Auto Union and drove new faster cars which lead him to victory right before the outbreak of the Second World War. He won the Monzy Grand Prix, the Donington Grand Prix in England, as well as the Belgrade Grand Prix.
Throughout his post-war racing, his renewed friend Enzo Ferrari urged, and tried to force, Nuvolari to retire from motorsports. However, despire his poor health, and being over fifty-years-old, Nuvolari continued to race.
After the war, Nuvolari, at age 54, took part in 13 races among different Grand Prixs across the continent, but he only actually drove in 4 of them retiring from the others. It was often said that Nuvolari was not disturbed by anything or anyone’s passion for racing. However, strong asthma started to take its toll on him, possibly from being exposed to exhaust fumes for so many years of his life. It was noted that during a race in Milan he steered mostly with one hand, because the other covered his mouth with a handkerchief.
Between the following years 1947-1948 he only raced in 6 of 11 possible events; winning twice, then placing 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 7th only to retire from the rest. His last race was at the age of 58, though he won his class, he finished fifth overall.
Nuvolari had desired to die in his beloved racing car, but it was sadly not a wish that was fulfilled. On August 11th, 1953, one of the greatest racers of all time had passed away after suffering a second stroke. At his funeral, it was said almost every resident of his hometown arrived at the funeral, equaling close to 50,000 in attendance. The procession was said to have been more than a kilometer long.
After his passing the organizers of the Mille Miglia changed their route in order to include Nuvolari’s hometown along the path of the drive, as a real tribute to an iconic racer. In his honor that section of the Milli Miglia is called the “Gran Premio Nuvolari.”
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If you have ever wanted to drive yourself from behind the wheel of a chrome-plated classic car at the Gran Premio Nuvolari, you should take a look at the travel offered by Nostalgic: a guaranteed unforgettable experience for every vintage car fan!
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GPN: The First Races from 1954 to 1957
The time of the Alfa Romeos on the top of racing was over in 1954, because Enzo Ferrari had become a major dominator of the racing scene with his sports cars.
At the GPN though was the first time that his Ferraris were beaten by the grand Alberto Ascari on a Lancia in 1954, and then again by Mercedes-Benz in 1955. Only two times during that time did Ferrari take the victory.
Stirling Moss beat the favored Ferraris in the 1955 events, and went on to win the Mercedes-Benz SLR. This race has been hailed as one of the most legendary; he managed an unimaginable speed on rural roads, averaging a speed of 198.496 km/h.
By the last event of the GPN in 1957 however, Ferrari ended up taking a triple victory to set a foot into the GPN history books!
However, due to a tragic accident at the Mille Miglia in 1957, the Gran Premio Nuvolari was cancelled after only after only four years of the event!
Fantastic Exotics at the Gran Premio Nuvolari
The Gran Premio Nuvolari brings legendary exotic sports car manufacturers into the limelight once again as they remind us why their cars were often the most coveted. You can always expect to see some of these at the events:
SIA TA: This Italian manufacturer is known for optimizing the FIAT sports cars that were built from 1946 to 1975 under its own brand. However, after ’75 production was stopped. Now you can see one of the rare SIATA 1400 Gran Sport models racing the streets, they often cost around €200,000 (around $230,000).
Lagonda: This British brand started in 1906 with its own production, it was well known for many races, and even between the wars. However, in commercial sales it did not last the whole stretch. Aston Martin took over the mantel, however to this day a few select cars can be rewarded the title of a Lagonda as an addition.
Amilcar: in 1921, this French manufacturer started production. The launch of the sports car CGGS, which was licensed in Italy, Germany, and Austria, was the pinnacle of Amilcar and coincided with the start of racing activities. During some tumultuous times of shifting ownerships and several changes in the market Amilcar only manage that one model. This had left a favorable niche that did not get filled until after the end of the Second World War.
John Tojero: Portugal was also a competitor in creating the exotic one-of-a-kind car. A little more than 30 Tojeros were built, they could hardly fit into the limelight at races and are still considered a myth among cars. In the 50s, John Tojero wanted to build his own sports car for personal use. Soon after many friends, acquaintances and insiders wanted to own their own sports car from Tojero. This new car from the land with the biggest and best waves and beaches was a familiar face in English racing, but Tojero’s greatest achievement was the development of the AC Cobra and AC Ace.
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