The motoring re-enactment of the historic hillclimb Castell’Arquato-Vernasca is back, with many priceless racing cars. Among the participants also Jurgen Barth, winner of Le Mans in ’77, and the stainless Arturo Merzario
Over 170 cars, roar back on the Piacenza hills after the 2020 stop imposed by the pandemic, which also managed to postpone – but not cancel – this year’s edition. The Vernasca Silver Flag is back on stage, a historical re-enactment of the Castell’Arquato-Vernasca car hill climb: cars of all kinds animated the paddock in the shadow of the enchanting medieval village of Castell’Arquato, from sports prototypes to rally racing cars , from single-seaters with open wheels to the picturesque pre-war years.
FULL GAS RE-EVOCATION
Disputed for 17 editions from 1953 to 1972, the uphill race organized by the Automobile Club of Piacenza saw important names in Italian and international motoring such as Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Porsche, Abarth and many others compete against each other over the years. In 1995 the Club Piacentino Auto d’Epoca revived the historic race by transforming it into a non-competitive parade, in which the relentless verdict of the time trial gave way to passion alone. For the past 25 editions of cars from every era, racing and series, cheer the many enthusiasts stationed along the approximately 9 km route that winds from the start of Via Remondini up towards Vernasca.
Initially scheduled for the month of June, the Vernasca Silver Flag was postponed to the second weekend of September, taking place regularly on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12. Among the cars that took part in the event, outstanding cars such as Porsche 906 and 910 stand out. Alfa Romeo 33 and Giulia Gtam, Lancia 037 and Delta S4, but also Mercedes 300 SL “Ali di Gabbiano”, Shelby Cobra, McLaren MC1 and numerous Abarths. Speaking of the Austrian builder-tuner, the 25th edition of the Vernasca Silver Flag had the honor of hosting Annalisa Abarth, widow of the legendary Carlo: “I am happy to come to Castell’Arquato, here you can still breathe the passion for historic cars and the Motorsport of yesteryear. And it’s a great country! ”He said.
THE FIRST OF ENZO
Among the four-wheeled stars there was obviously no shortage of Ferraris, even those in disguise. Much admired (and much photographed) it was in fact the only existing example of Auto Avio Costruzioni 815, the first car built by Enzo Ferrari between the 1930s and 1940s. Equipped with a 1,500cc inline 8-cylinder engine, the Tipo 815 debuted in the 1940 Mille Miglia, seven years before the 125S was launched, the first car with the Prancing Horse on the hood: the car that raced at the Silver Flag it is one of the jewels of the Righini Collection, kept inside the Panzano Castle in the municipality of Castelfranco Emilia (MO).
CHAMPIONS BEHIND THE WHEEL
Also present were some “heavy feet” of vintage motorsport, happy to return to descend into the cockpit of some old glory. The champions who took part in the last Silver Flag include Jurgen Barth, winner of the 1977 24 Hours of Le Mans, the former F1 driver and journalist Andrea De Adamich, and Arturo Merzario, who has been a regular guest of the event for six editions. . This year the cowboy from Civenna got behind the wheel of a yellow Lancia Stratos from the Asi Bertone collection, once again gathering the applause of an enthusiastic audience.
September 15 – 1:30 pm
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