The Historic Minardi Day celebrates the Champions of Motorpsort

Even the third edition of the Historic Minardi Day celebrates the Champions of Motorsport who will be present during the weekend beginning on Friday afternoon with the challenge between drivers and VIPs at Faenza’s ”Le Cicogne” Golf Club. This challenge will also have as protagonist rally driver Prisca Taruffi who is also a great enthusiast and champion of golf. She will also be at the Imola circuit on the Saturday.

During the long weekend in the pits of the Enzo and Dino Ferrari Circuit we await many important names who contributed to the history of the team founded by Gian Carlo Minardi. People such as Pierluigi Martini who ran more than 100 grands prix with the team from Faenza including its debut race in the Brazil Grand Prix in 1985 with the M1985 and Alessandro Nannini, Alfa Romeo’s lead driver who debuted in F1 with the Minardi Team in 1986 and who also defended the colours in the following year before going to Benetton and winning the Japanese Grand Prix and who only last year spoke of the Minardi Day with these words “I love Gian Carlo Minardi. I raced for him for seven years (editor’s note: betweenF2 and F1) I could not be at the first edition but I have already reserved a place for 2018”. Promise kept!

Gianni Morbidelli will also be there on the Friday and Saturday. He came to Faenza in 1991 to drive the Ferrari powered M191 together with Pierluigi Martini and the year after in the M192 with the V12 Lamborghini engine before continuing his career with Arrows and Sauber. He was also Ferrari’s test driver when he substituted Alain Prost in the 1991 Adelaide Grand Prix,

Ferrari’s historic test driver Luca Badoer will be there on Sunday 6th. He drove for the Minardi Team in the 1995 and 1996 seasons and was already been a protagonist in the second edition. “I experienced fantastic years with Gian Carlo and am tied closely to him and to his team. I owe him a lot. It was a great event that not even rain ruined or stopped. I came as a guest but it would be fantastic to come back in racing overalls and helmet” was Luca’s comment last year.

Coming back to join us will also be Miguel Angel Guerra, Gian Carlo Minardi’s fist driver under contract, Tarso Marques, Luis Perez Sala, Roberto Moreno, Giovanni Lavaggi who will take to the track in his LMP1, as well as racing engineers Gabriele Tredozi (who has been present in all the editions with his PS04B) and Aldo Costa who will drive the Mercedes W04 on Sunday.

Together with the Minardi drivers will also be many of Gian Carlo’s friends who have written many important pages of motorsport history, amongst who are Riccardo Patrese 257 grands prix and 1992 Vice World Champion), Emanuele Pirro who last year saw his dream of driving a Minardi come true “I waited 55 years to drive a Minardi and I finally managed to do so. We are celebrating the story of a man and a team who wrote motorsport history, a story of passion, tenacity and challenging difficulties”, said the winner of five 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Gabriele Tarquini (78 F1 GPs as driver for Alfa Romeo, BMW, Honda, and SEAT with which he was the 2009 WTCC World Champion), Andrea Bartolini (2019 GIA GT and GT1 World Champion with the Maserati MC12), Matteo Bobbi (GT World Champion), Alex Caffi, Carlo Facetti whose wins include the 1980 24 Hours of Le Mans at the wheel of the Lancia Monte Carlo and BMW’s flag bearer Roberto Ravaglia who won with the team from Bavaria the 1987 world championship, two European Championships (1986 and 1988), three Italian Championships (1990, 1991 and 1993), a German Championship (1989) and two 24 Hours at Nürburgring (1989 and 1995) and three 24 Hours at Spa-Francorchamps (1985, 1988 and 1994), ex-F1 driver Siegfried Stohr who will be the protagonist at the Briefing Room on Saturday 5th at 5.00pm when he will present the book “Piloti d’altri tempi” (Drivers of other times) and at 11.00am engineer Mauro Forghieri will present the book “Capire la Formula 1. I segreti della sua evoluzione dagli anni ’60 a oggi” (Understanding Formula 1. The secrets of its evolution from the ‘60s until the present day) which will be followed by a number of other appointments.

On Saturday 5th Mercedes – AMG Petronas Motorsport driver Valtteri Bottas will join us at the Circuit for a round of autographs from 2.00pèm to 3.00pm.

On Sunday 6th ex F1 driver Nick Heidfeld, the protagonist of the Formula E Championship, will take to the track in the Mahindra Racing M4Electro.

Ex Scuderia Everest driver Roberto Farneti will bring the wonderful March-Bmw Schnitzer 732 that belonged to Ernesto “Tito” Brambilla onto the track. There will also be room for karting with the very young Andrea Kimi Antonelli from Bologna.

TICKETS HISTORIC MINARDI DAY
It is possible to purchase tickets for single days or for the whole weekend through TicketOne, or directly at the Circuit. The tickets give access to the paddock and the pits of the Enzo and Dino Ferrari International Circuit and all the events in the programme, as well as to be able to take laps of the track aboard a Supercar driven by professional drivers.

SOCIAL MEDIA & WEBSITE
In order to always keep up to date with the numerous new developments tied to the third edition of the Historic Minardi Day visit our website and the social channels by using the official hashtags #HMD e #HistoricMinardiDay
Here are the addresses:

WEBSITE:
http://minardiday.it/

FACEBOOK:
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TWITTER:
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Historic Minardi Day | The third edition enriches its programme dedicated to historic cars

After the success of last season’s parade of Historic cars through the splendid hills of the Romagna, this year the intensive programme for the third edition of the Historic Minardi Day on the track and at Imola’s Circuit on May 5th and 6th will once more be enriched with a number of events aimed at collectors and enthusiasts of historic cars which will involve , beginning on Saturday May 5th, magnificent medieval hamlets and will conclude with a trip around the track next to the Santerno River on Sunday May 6th with an exclusive parade.

SAVIO CIRCUIT TROPHY – Gara di regolarità (Saturday May 5th and Sunday May 6th, – Imola, Brisighella, Province of Ravenna)
The Historic Minardi Day is enriched even more by the establishment of the 1st Savio Circuit Trophy, a gara di regolarità turistica composed of two trials which will begin at the Imola Circuit and wind its way around the wonderful medieval hamlets of Brisighella and the Province of Ravenna, touching the course that saw Enzo Ferrari win the Circuito del Savio in 1923, before making its way back to the Santerno (Sunday May 6th) for a closing parade with many other historical cars from the “Wheels of History” programme, together with the Association “I Borghi più Belli d’Italia” (Italy’s most beautiful towns) aimed at increasing appreciation of and promoting the great artistic and artistic and cultural heritage of Italy’s smaller centres of excellence.

PARADE OF HISTORIC CARS (Saturday May 5th and Sunday May 6th – Imola, Brisighella, Province of Ravenna)
A suggestive parade, organized together with CRAME, dedicated to vintage cars which will wind their way around the medieval hamlets of the Province of Ravenna and the 1st Savio Circuit Trophy which will be followed by the Gara di regolarità before returning to the Santerno (Sunday May 6th) for the closing parade.

TICKETS
It is possible to purchase tickets for single days or for the whole weekend through TicketOne, or directly at the Circuit. The tickets give access to the paddock and the pits of the Enzo and Dino Ferrari International Circuit and all the events in the programme, as well as to be able to take laps of the track aboard a Supercar driven by professional drivers.

SOCIAL MEDIA & WEBSITE
In order to always keep up to date with the numerous new developments tied to the third edition of the Historic Minardi Day visit our website and the social channels by using the official hashtags #HMD e #HistoricMinardiDay

Here are the addresses:

SITO WEB:
http://minardiday.it/
FACEBOOK:
https://www.facebook.com/minardiday/
TWITTER:
https://twitter.com/minardi09

Historic Minardi Day | The third edition is born between confirmations and new developments

With the presentation of the 25th edition of the Bandini Trophy, which from this year will be part of the rich programme of the Historic Minardi Day, the countdown has begun for the third edition of the event to be held on May 4th – 6th at Imola’s Enzo and Dino Ferrari International Circuit which since 2016 has given passion back to thousands of fans of Formula 1 and motorsport.

There are many new developments that mark the whole international motoring weekend, but the DNA that for the last two years rewarded the event dreamed up by Gian Carlo Minardi and which won the 2017 Autosprint Magazine’s Golden Helmet award for the Best Motorsport event of the year, remains unchanged. Cars that wrote the most important and exciting pages of motorsport for a span of more than forty years, together with their leading players, are still the focal point for enthusiasts who will have the chance once more to have access to the paddock and the pits of the Imola Circuit to admire them up close and to meet the drivers and technicians.

CARS FROM FORMULA 1, F2, GP2, F300, F3 and GT on the track
The cars created by Gian Carlo Minardi and brought onto the track in the F1 world championship from 1985 to 2005 will “challenge each other” on the track with other racing cars that created the legend of the Circus, and which shaped champions, such as Mercedes, Ferrari, Benetton-Alfa Romeo, Arrows, Tecno, Dallara, Fondmetal, Surtees, Tyrrel P34, Theodore and Fittipaldi Automotive, as well as cars from F2, GP2, F3000 e F3, Formula Italia and Abarth. The intense weekend of activities will take to the track beginning at 9.00am on Saturday May 5th and the engines will run until Sunday May 6th with a parade of the vintage cars which will include those that take part in the Savio Circuit Trophy and the Wheels of History events, as well as the programme of appointments, get-togethers and encounters for enthusiasts of vintage cars, together with the Association “I Borghi più Belli d’Italia” (Italy’s most beautiful towns).

The 2013 WO4 designed by Aldo Costa will take to the track from the Mercedes – AMG Petronas Motorsport pit. This was the car that began the team’s extraordinary winning streak of four Constructors’ titles and just as many Drivers’ titles, three of which were won by Lewis Hamilton (2014-2015-2017) and Nico Rosberg in 2016. At the wheel will be Aldo Costa himself, the engineer from Parma on his debut at the wheel of an F1 car who grew up in the ranks of the Minardi Team together with another engineer, Gabriele Tredozi, who will drive the Minardi PS04B which he designed. Completing the presence of Mercedes–AMG Petronas Motorsport on the Saturday will also be driver Valtteri Bottas for a session signing autographs before going to Faenza’s Piazza del Popolo (at 4.15pm) before driving the W07 to Brisighella (at 5.15pm) to be awarded Lorenzo Bandini Trophy in a ceremony which will begin at 6.00pm at the Spada Amphitheatre.

The Gran Turismo cars and Prototypes with the Alfa Romeo, Lotus, Ferrari, Maserati, Lavaggi and Lucchini badges are not to be missed and they too will put on a show for the whole weekend in a number of sessions. The Scuderia Tazio Nuvolari will honour the talent of Giorgio Lucchini by bringing to the Circuit and onto the track many of the 150 sporting cars created by the constructor from Mantua that won 750 races, 2 world titles, as well as 34 track and 4 uphill titles and there will also be a display. At noon on Saturday Gianni Tomazzoni’s book “Giorgio Lucchini, una vita per le corse” (Giorgio Lucchini, a life for racing) will be launched at the “Ayrton Senna Conference Room” and will be the subject of many workshops during the entire weekend.

Since it is the Historic Minardi Day, an event for seekers of fun and after last year’s success, the “Come onto the track” formula will make its return. Participants will have the chance to take some laps of the circuit aboard a Supercar driven by professional drivers, as well as testing themselves in a virtual challenge on the driving simulators.

In addition, inside the pits there will be a display with a trip around the world of Formula 1 and technology “Past – Present – Future” with displays of racing cars labelled Minardi and Toro Rosso and Simulators which in recent years has changed how the cars are designed and developed following the abolition of track tests.

Golf tournament (Faenza – Friday May 4th)
VIPS and drivers will begin the motoring weekend when they fight out a Louisiana Golf challenge which is open to all participants in the Historic Minardi Day and within a frame of the public (entry is free) beginning at 2.30pm on Friday May 4th at Faenza’s Le Cicogne Golf Club.

LORENZO BANDINI TROPHY (Saturday May 5th – Brisighella)
Finn driver Valtteri Bottas of reigning world champion team “Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport” will be the driver awarded at Brisighella on the afternoon of Saturday May 5th in the 2018 edition of the trophy dedicated to the Ferrari driver who passed away in 1967 which this year reaches its 25th edition and whose ceremony will begin at 6.00pm. A special and exclusive trophy will be awarded to ACI President and FIA Vice President Angelo Sticchi Damiani whose prestigious presence combines perfectly Italian Motorsport with the international image of the weekend’s events which highlight Motor Valley.
Among the winners are Aldo Costa the engineer who designed the F1 World Champion car and Riccardo Mosconi, track engineer for champion driver Lewis Hamilton’s who complete Mercedes–AMG Petronas Motorsport’s formidable presence which, for the joy of the many enthusiasts, will make available two F1 racing cars, the 2013 W04 and the 2016 W07.

TICKETS
It is possible to purchase tickets for single days or for the whole weekend through TicketOne, or directly at the Circuit. The tickets give access to the paddock and the pits of the Enzo and Dino Ferrari International Circuit and all the events in the programme, as well as to be able to take laps of the track aboard a Supercar driven by professional drivers.

SOCIAL MEDIA & WEBSITE
In order to always keep up to date with the numerous new developments tied to the third edition of the Historic Minardi Day visit our website and the social channels by using the official hashtags #HMD e #HistoricMinardiDay

Here are the addresses:

WEBSITE:
http://minardiday.it/

FACEBOOK:
https://www.facebook.com/minardiday/

TWITTER:
https://twitter.com/minardi09

The Historic Minardi Day awarded Autosprint magazine’s Golden Helmet

“I want to thank all the collectors, drivers, enthusiasts, sponsors and volunteers for the affection and warmth they showed me and for having transformed the Historic Minardi Day from a project into a reality by demonstrating that they are stronger than bad weather. One of our aims was to bring the families back to the circuit and to bring them closer to what I still consider the most beautiful of sports. The aim was achieved in full.

The Golden Helmet repays all the efforts made to bring these fantastic cars back to the track which otherwise would be difficult to see and to give all the fans the chance to admire them in action, as well as representing a vital stimulus in preparation for the next edition which is developing together with Formula Imola. This Golden Helmet is dedicated to all of you,” commented an enthusiastic Gian Carlo Minardi.

At two years from its birth the Historic Minardi Day, the event dedicated to drivers, fans, collectors and enthusiasts that want to experience once more the emotions tied to Formula 1 and the team from Faenza founded by Gian Carlo Minardi was awarded the Autosprint Golden Helmet as the Best Motor Sport Event of the year.

Autosprint’s Golden Helmets reached their 52nd edition and in more than a half century the magazine rewarded motor sport’s greatest champions. The 2017 edition also celebrated the biggest stars on four wheels, today’s and from the past.

The Historic Minardi Day had the great task giving back the world of Formula 1 and the competitions to all the enthusiasts by bringing them back to the heart of the circuit to admire the cars and protagonists that made motor sport history. Within the Imola circuit more than 70 racing cars from the world championship and many other GT cars, from lower formulas and classic cars such as Alfa Romeo came back to excite the feast of motors with their roar.

The 2017 edition was marked by the absolute debut, at 70 years of age, of Gian Carlo Minardi at the wheel of one of his “babies”, the Minardi M192 with a Lamborghini engine when he finished a full lap accompanied by warm cheers.

“On that occasion I think I set the new Imola track record for the slowest lap with a racing car,” remembered a smiling Gian Carlo Minardi, “I must once again thank my friend Frits for having made it possible, from the car to the helmet. It was a beautiful and emotional gift. At 70 years of age a dream came true for me which I had held back for too long. The organizational machine for the third edition of the Historic Minardi day is already at work and we expect to see you on May, 4, 5 and 6, 2018. Naturally at Imola’s Enzo and Dino Ferrari circuit with even more new developments,” concluded the manager from Faenza.

5000 enthusiasts at the Imola Circuit formalize the success of the second edition of the Historic Minardi Day

It was an edition of the Historic Minardi Day that showed itself stronger than the weather. Not even the rain managed to dampen the enthusiasm of the five thousand passionate fans that went to Imola’s Enzo and Dino Ferrari Circuit to live a full weekend dedicated to motorsport and the team from Faenza.

On Saturday and Sunday more than twenty five Formula 1 racing cars which included not only historic Minardi cars but also Ferrari, Williams, Dallara, Fondmetal and about thirty F2, F3 and GT cars took turns at racing around the track that was the stage for more than forty years of racing history. The paddock and the pits were invaded by passionate fans from all around Italy together with Team founder Gian Carlo Minardi and racing drivers who wrote important pages of motorsport history such as Pierluigi Martini, Luca Badoer, Gaston Mazzacane, Roberto Moreno, Giovanni Lavaggi, Alessandro Nannini, Emanuele Pirro, Andrea Montermini, Gabriele Tarquini, Nicola Larini and Riccardo Patrese who were also protagonists of the Golf match on Friday that was the prologue to the weekend.

A weekend of motorsport, music and show business with the presence ontrack of the Roman singer songwriter Max Gazzè who was the protagonist of the Live Music Show on Saturday evening who shared with Gian Carlo Minardi one of the event’s most emotional moments at the wheel of a Lamborghini powered M192. At 11.30am the manager from Faenza made his debut at the wheel of a Minardi racing car owned by Dutch collector Fritz Van Eerd and completed a lap at low speed of the whole Imola circuit accompanied by the warm applause.

“I think I made an Imola track record with the slowest ever lap by car,” joked Gian Carlo Minardi as soon as he left the car, “I must thank my friend Fritz who made everything available for me from the car to the helmet, It was a beautiful and emotional gift. At 70 years of age and with slicks on a wet track I realized a dream that I had delayed for too long. I must thank all the collectors and drivers for all the affection and warmth they showed, together with that of the fans. One aim of the Historic Minardi Day was to bring families back to the track and to bring them closer to what for me is the most beautiful sport. The aim was achieved in spite of the bad weather and rain.”

“Thanks too to the presence of my friend Max Gazzè who despite the terrible weather conditions entertained us with great music on Saturday evening and who shared the atmosphere of the pits for the whole weekend.”

“Of all my concerts, I will always remember Gian Carlo Minardi’s congeniality who, in a surreal ambiance, moved to the rhythm of the music under an umbrella,” was the Roman singer songwriter’s comment.

“Despite the weather not helping the event there were really many enthusiasts who took part in the second Historic Minardi Day. It’s a sign that when we speak about Formula 1, whether historical or current, the Imola circuit brings back memories that always live in the minds and the hearts of those who love this sport. I want to thank the Minardi family for having made us live these emotions and I hope that this event will become even more an irrevocable appointment on the calendar of the Enzo and Dino Ferrari circuit,” said Pier Giovanni Ricci (Circuit Director).

There were positive reactions from the protagonists “I waited 55 years to drive a Minardi and I finally managed to do it. We are celebrating the story of a man and a team that wrote pages of motorsport history, a history of passion, tenacity and challenging difficulties. It was an incredible weekend. I hope it becomes a permanent appointment in the future,” said an enthusiastic Emanuele Pirro.

After 17 years Gaston Mazzacane, a protagonist of the 2000 season together with Marc Genè once more took to the wheel of a Minardi M02. “It was a dream to come back to Imola and drive a Formula 1 car. I had the same emotions as then. Congratulations to the Minardi family. It was a sensational event. The quality and numbers of cars were incredible,” said the Argentinean driver.

“I love Gian Carlo Minardi. I raced for him seven years,” said an unmistakeable and sarcastic Alessandro Nannini who was also the protagonist of the Golf match at Faenza’s Le Cicogne Golf Club. “Last year I could not be here but I have already booked a place for the 2018 edition,” concluded the ace from Siena.

“With Gian Carlo Minardi I experienced fantastic years and I am tied to him and the team in a special way. I owe him a lot. It was a great event which not even the rain ruined or stopped. I came as a guest but next year it would be fantastic to come back in a driving suit and helmet,” declared Luca Badoer who is now committed to following his son in his first steps in kart racing.

The Historic Minardi Day also invaded the hills and medieval towns surrounding Imola and Faenza with a caravan of over thirty historic road cars in the Minardi Classic.

Historic Minardi Day | Ten good reasons to come to Imola

Is your passion Formula 1 and motorsport? Have you always dreamed of touching the racing cars and meeting your favourites? Do you want to pass a whole weekend under the sign of motors, music and spectacle?
The answer is the Historic Minardi Day, the event dedicated to motors and the team from Faenza scheduled for Saturday May 6th and Sunday May 7th at Imola’s Enzo and Dino Ferrari Circuit. We have found at least ten good reasons…

1) Fantastic racing cars once more thundering around the Imola

Formula 1 of the era of turbos, V10s and V12s have come back to thunder around the Imola circuit. More than 25 fantastic world championship racing cars for a forty year trip into the history of Formula 1, together with 30 historic F2 and F3 cars and GT racers await you at the pits and on the track beginning at 9.00am on Saturday until 6.30pm Sunday (price of the tickets is 12€ on TicketOne – free for children under 12). Engineers and drivers will be waiting for you at the paddock and the pits together with their racing cars.

2) “One on one” with drivers, engineers and show business personalities
Walking around the paddock of the circuit and entering the pits you will have the chance to meet team owner Gian Carlo Minardi together with drivers and engineers that wrote important pages of the history of the team from Faenza and motorsport such as Alessandro Nannini, Pierluigi Martini, Paolo Barilla, Luca Badoer, Tarso Marques, Jarno Trulli, Gaston Mazzacane, Gabriele Tarquini, Emanuele Pirro, Riccardo Patrese, Andrea Montermini and Giorgio Pantano. Simone Resta, Chief designer for Ferrari, will not be missing together with Gabriele Tredozi and show business personalities such as singer-driver Max Gazzè.

3) Motors and Music will come together at Imola in the Live Music Show with Max Gazzè.

Saturday evening will be under the sign of music with Max Gazzè, who has just completed a successful concert tour. In the confines of the paddock the singer will give us a show with his most important successes on the stage of the Live Music Show. Tickets are on sale on TicketOne together with two day tickets to experience the whole weekend under the sign of motors and music.

4)Formula 1 at arm’s reach for a unique trip in time with Formula 1

The trip will begin with Manuel Fangio’s 1957 Maserati 250 F and finish with the 2005 Minardi passing through Alessandro Nannini’s M186, the M189, the Lamborghini powered M192, the M198, Marc Gené and Gaston Mazzacane’s M01 and Fernando Alonso’s M01. Also present will be Scuderia Ferrari which this year celebrates the 70th anniversary of its foundation, the world championship winning Williams, Alesi and Berger’s Benetton, as well as Dallara, Fondmetal, Osella and Alfa Romeo and many other unique models. You will be able to see these fantastic cars in their basic components and leaving the pits before thundering around the Imola track.

5)Become a protagonist of the photographic competition and do a lap of the circuit

Beginning at 9.00am on Saturday 6th until noon Sunday 7th all the enthusiasts will be able to take part in the photographic competition. It will be enough to publish photos on your Instagram profile using the #MinardiDay hashtag. The winning photographer will have the privilege of doing a lap of the Imola track at the side of a professional driver.

6)Visit the exhibition “Imola Formula 1 1963-2006: History continues”

The exhibition set up inside the circuit’s “Checco Costa” Museum will be enriched with numerous racing cars built by Gian Carlo Minardi, for a trip amongst the most important and beautiful racing cars of the Formula 1 world championship that races around Imola.

7)Festival of Golf with many sporting and other personalities

As a prologue to the event on Friday May 5th there will be a Festival of Golf beginning at 2.00pm at Faenza’s “Le Cicogne” Golf Club with drivers, sporting personalities and VIPs who will play each other in front of all the enthusiasts who can enter the club free of charge.

8) Space for historical classic and vintage cars

There will be no lack of fantastic historical road cars within the circuit, such as the Alfa Romeo 33 of the 1970s and many other cars from the Milanese car maker which will also wind their way around the local medieval townships.

9)  Challenge your friends on the simulators.

Do you conider yourself a real World Champion? Then you cannot back off from challenging your friends at the wheel of the GT Challenge and F1 simulators in the gaming area within the paddock.

10)The ease of reaching Imola.

Reaching Imola’s Enzo and Dino Ferrari circuit is not like scaling mount Everest! It is easy to reach by train (the station is 3.5km from the circuit) or by car (the IMOLA exit of the A14 autostrada/freeway)

A track that is part of Motorsport History, a weekend not to be missed and to live together with all ther family and friends.

Historic Minardi Day 2017 | Minardi “We have done something new to bring the fans closer.”

A week before the Historic Minardi Day at Imola’s Enzo and Dino Ferrari Circuit (Saturday May 6th and Sunday May 7th) we caught up with the event’s creator, Gian Carlo Minardi.

We studied the Historic Minardi Day of bringing the enthusiasts closer to the world of motor sport. Only their support will tell us if we have taken the right road,” said the manager from Faenza, “ Our DNA is the open wheels and we have had a great response with many racing cars from the 70s-80s- and 90s which will take to the track together with other vehicles, but it will be interesting to enter the pits to personally touch the sport meeting drivers, engineers and personalities that have written the most important pages of the world championship,” continued Minardi.

A weekend for the whole family “We have created a varied programme suitable for all ages. Motors, and also music thanks to our friends Max Gazzè who will be one of the protagonists on stage with the Live Music Show.” Tickets are on sale at the circuit and TicketOne.it.

As well as the Formula 1 racing cars there will also be classic and vintage cars “We will bring to the track spectacular cars with incredible sporting achievements such as the Alfa Romeo 33 of the 1970s. There will be two days of sport in the open air.”

Gian Carlo minardi and the Minardi Team will be waiting for you at Imola beginning at 9.00am on Saturday May 6th until 6.30pm on Sunday May 7th.

Historic Minardi Day | Motors and Music meet at Imola

 “I planned the Historic Minardi Day on the format I would like to see in Formula 1. An “open door” F1 in direct contact with the public. At Imola all the enthusiasts and fans will be able to see and touch the racing cars, meet the drivers and their favourites but above all once again hear the historic sounds of the powerful Formula 1 cars. During the press conference for the Australian Grand Prix Chris Horner – Red Bull’s team principal– said that the most beautiful sound of the entire weekend in Melbourne came from a twelve year old car, a Minardi PS05 despite the fact that at the time it was not competitive. At Imola it will be possible to hear them once more.”

Gian Carlo Minardi.

The second edition of the Historic Minardi Day is coming together for the weekend of May 7 and 7 at Imola’s Dino and Enzo Ferrari Circuit. It is an event dedicated to drivers, fans, collectors and enthusiasts that want to relive the emotions tied to the history of Formula 1 and the team from Faenza founded by Gian Carlo Minardi.

After the success of last year’s first edition the Historic Minardi Day confirms the formula of having the paddock and boxes open to the fans that will be able to touch the cars and to meet the drivers and technicians. The gates of the Imola circuit will open and the motors of the powerful and historic F1, F2, F3 and GT cars will come alive beginning at 9.00am on Saturday May 6th and everything will close only at 6.30pm on Sunday 7th.

The cars on the track: F1, F2, F3 and GT
A forty year trip in time, thanks to a starting grid made up of more than twenty five Formula1 racing cars which will come back to roar around the 4.909 m of the track next to Imola’s Santerno River eleven years after Michael Schumacher’s win at the wheel of a Ferrari F248 F1. It will begin with Manuel Fangio’s Maserati 250F in 1957 up to the 2005 Minardi passing through the Minardi M1986 – protagonist of the 1986 F1 with Alessandro Nannini and Adrian Campos driving – the M189 with which Martini-Sala won 6 points in 1982, the Minardi M192with the Lamborghini motor of the pair Martini-Fittipaldi, the M198 of Tuero and Nakana, the 2000 Mo1 of Marc Genè and Gaston Mazzacane  and the Mo1 with which Fernando Alonso made his debut in the world championship.

Ferrari will not be missing with the 212B3 and 312B4 “snow sweeper” (1973), Clay Regazzoni’s 1974 Ferrari 314B4, the March 761, the 1972 Tecno F1, James Hunt’s 1979 Wolf WR7 and his historic rival Nikki Lauda, the 1980 world championship Williams FW07, the Alfa Romeo powered 1981 Osella FA1 and the Alfa Romeo 184 T. The 1990s will be represented by, amongst others, Jean Alesi and Gerard Berger’s B197 Benetton and the Fondmetal F1 and  Dallara 190.

Nearly thirty cars from Formula 2 and Formula 3 from the most important constructors with the Minardi 1982 F2 acting as host. On track there will be cars from the 60s, 70s and 80s such as the March-BMW, the Ralt F3000, the Tecno, Lola and Dallara. There are important numbers and will be joined by historic GT cars amongst which are the Alfa Romeo 33 TT3, Ferrari Berlinetta 250, Porsche Macan Turbo, Lotus and Dome Le Mans.

“I wish to thank all the collectors and drivers who accepted to participate actively in this feast of sport, in particular Paul and Graham North from Britain and Dutchman Frits Van Eerd who this year will be amongst the protagonists of the Le Mans 24 hour race with an LMP2 together with Rubens Barrichello and Jan Lammer. The Historic Minardi Day will be the opportunity to embrace all our friends from the Fan Clubs in Italy and around the world.”
Gian Carlo Minardi

Drivers and Technicians in the paddock

Fans will have the opportunity to meet drivers that wrote important pages of motor sport history and that of the team from Faenza such as Miguel Angel Guerra, Pierluigi Martini and Paolo Barilla who won the Le Mans 24 hours, Alessandro Nannini, Adrian Campos, Luis Perez Sala, Roberto Moreno, Luca Badoer, Tarso Marques, Jarno Trulli, Gaston Mazzacane, together with five times Le Mans winner Emanuele Pirro, Riccardo Patrese  the 1992 Vice world champion with Williams, Andrea Montermini and the engineers Garbiele Tredozi who joined the team in 1988 and was its technical director from 2001 – 2005 and Aldo Costa who left Faenza to go to Brackley to the world championship winning Mercedes with Hamilton and Rosberg.

We have created a varied programme. Not only will there be lots of action on the track with the Formula 1, Formula 2, Formula 3 and  GT cars but also the Live Music Show and the Minardi Classic which will visit some of the most beautiful medieval towns in the Romagna around Imola which will end at the Imola circuit, as well as a photographic competition.”
Gian Carlo Minardi

When the engines are turned off on Saturday May 6 the spotlights will come on in the paddock for the Live Music Show (beginning at 9.00pm) which will see on the Minardi Live Stage Dedo and the Megaphones and the exceptional guest star will be Max Gazzè, a great artist and excellent driver. Tickets are already one sale at the circuit and TicketOne together with the two day passes.

Together with C.R.A.M.E. (the Historic Auto and motor Club of Romagna), whose president Bruno Brusa owns a GM75 Minardi, on the day of Saturday May 6 more than 40 classic and vintage road cars such as the Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Gran Sport Spider Zagato will wind around the wonderful local hills stopping at magnificent medieval towns and cities of art before making their entrance in the Imola circuit in the late afternoon. The vehicles of the Minardi Classic will remain on show in the paddock for the rest of the event.

The prologue to the event will occur on Friday May 5 with the feast of Golf which begins at 2.00pm at Faenza’s “Le Cicogne” Golf course with drivers, sporting personalities and VIPs who will take part in a challenge that all enthusiasts will be able to witness at the club. Entry is free.

There is also room for photography. Beginning at 9.00am on Saturday 6 until noon on Sunday May 7 all the enthusiasts will be able to take part in a photo competition. Entries went will be examined by a judging panel led by Angelo Orsi, the famous reporter of the Formula 1 world championship. The panel’s decision will be final. The author of the winning photo will have the privilege of experiencing a lap of the Imola circuit at the side of a professional driver.

On the occasion, the display “Imola Formula 1 1963-2006: History continues” set up within the circuit’s “Checco Costa” museum will be enriched by many cars constructed by Gian Carlo Minardi for a trip through the most beautiful and important racing cars of the formula 1 world championship that raced around  the Imola circuit.

There will be no lack of street food with food vans where the public will be able to sample the flavours of the famed cuisine of the Romagna region and also a corner dedicated to a gaming area with challenges on simulators.

Historic Minardi Day 2017 | Many additions in the second edition of the Historic Minardi Day which will double the attraction at the Imola Circuit

On Saturday May 6th and Sunday May 7th Imola’s Enzo and Dino Ferrari Circuit will host the second edition of the Historic Minardi Day. The event is dedicated to drivers, fans, collectors and enthusiasts who want to relive the emotions tied to the history of Formula 1 and the Team from Faenza founded by Gian Carlo Minardi.

Eleven years after Michael Schumacher’s last Grand Prix win with Ferrari, the 4,909m of the track beside the Santerno River will host the powerful racing cars of the team from Faenza that from 1985 to 2005 rode the scene of Formula 1, together with other historic vehicles of the World Championship as well as F2, F3 and GT racing. The enthusiasts will have the opportunity to meet in the boxes and the paddock (with free entry) the engineers and drivers that lived Formula 1 history (last year 27 drivers were present). There will also be other guests such as Italian rock/pop star, Max Gazzè, an enthusiast and himself a driver who in 2004 drove a Minardi F1 car.

The gates of the Imola Circuit will open at 9.00am and the motors of the historic F1, F2, F3 and GT cars will go on track on Saturday May 6th and will only stop on 6.30pm on Sunday May 7th. After last year’s success the Historic Minardi Day will repeat its formula of opening the boxes and paddock to all the enthusiasts who will be able to touch the cars that made motor sport history, but the weekend will not lack other activities.

Historic Minardi Day – New events for 2017

The Golf Game – On Friday May 5th beginning at 2.00pm at Faenza’s “Le Cicogne” Golf Course drivers that wrote some of the most important pages of Formula 1 History, great sportsmen and VIPs will challenge each other in front of enthusiasts who will have free access into the club to meet their favourites.

Minardi Classic – In collaboration with the Club Romagnolo Auto e Moto d’Epoca (the regional Historic Car Club) – C.R.A.M.E. whose president Bruno Brusa owns a GM75 Minardi, historic road sports cars of the 1950s – 1970s will make a tour that will wind around more than 70 kilometres of the local hills with stops in magnificent medieval towns and cities of Art. The vehicles will then be on display within the circuit paddock area during the rest of the weekend.

Live Music Show – On the evening of May 6th in the Paddock after the motor are turned off for the day the spotlights will come on the Live Music Show which will see on the Minardi Live Stage Dedo & The Megaphones and an exceptional Guest Star, Max Gazzè a friend who is not only a great artist, but also an excellent driver.

A Photographic “competition” will be open to all enthusiasts who take part in the Historic Minardi Day beginning at 9.00am Saturday 6th until noon Sunday 7th.

Any type of photographic device can be used and it will be the task of each fan to post it in the format to be announced. The photos will be judged by a committee headed by famous Formula 1 sport photographer Andrea Orsi. The committee’s decision will be final.

Simulator zone – This year will again see enthusiasts challenge each other at the wheel of simulators located in the Paddock area and so become a driver for a day.

IMOLA FORMULA 1 1963-2006: LA STORIA CONTINUA HISTORY CONTINUES
The “Checco Costa” Museum within the Imola Circuit will host a magnificent display of the history of Formula 1 at Imola. Within its confines will be some of the most beautiful and important racing cars of the Formula 1 World Championship that raced around the circuit which will take fans on a trip through history.

Scuderia Ferrari Clubs – worldwide Ferrari passion will not be lacking within the paddock area of Imola’s Enzo and Dino Ferrari Circuit thanks to the participation of the Scuderia Ferrari Clubs.

Street Food – There will be no lack of food trucks offering the flavours of the famous cuisine of the Romagna.

Tickets  – Tickets are available directly at the circuit or can be bought online on TicketOne.it. To live the whole weekend of  Saturday May 6th and Sunday May 7th  as a protagonist of the Historic Minardi Day and also to attend the Saturday evening concert, two day tickets are also available. Access is free on Friday May 5th from 2.00pm until 7.00pm at Faenza’s “Le Cicogne” Golf Club.

Entries are open for laps of the circuit
Registration is now open for laps of the circuit by owners of historic F1, F2 e F3 and GT cars and entry to the Minardi Classic Tour is reserved for classic and vintage road cars. All the information is available on the web site www.minardiday.it

Gian Carlo Minardi “The Historic Minardi Day is ready to grow while keeping its roots firmly planted in the ground. As we saw last year cars, motorsport and enthusiasts will be the heart and soul of the two days at Imola’s Circuit. I am happy to have with us the cars and such prestigious clubs as C.R.A.M.E. which will give further vitality to the Minardi Classic. Last year I had great pleasure seeing the paddock and boxes invaded by young people and families. In addition to doubling the number of days we have enriched the programmes with a number of initiatives amongst which is the Live Music Show, as well as the return of the driving simulators.”

The new F1 faces. Minardi "A historic day"

It is a historic day for the world of Formula 1. Liberty Media has completed its acquisition, and Chase Carey is the new F1 boss. He replaces Bernie Ecclestone (Honorary President) who is forced to leave the control of his “toy” after 40 years. Unfortunately, this moments are part of life, I lived the same experience in 2005 with the arrival of the new ownership in Faenza.

If Formula 1 exists today, it is thanks to the intuition and to capacity of Mr. E. that now has the chance to see the world championship with new eyes. For this very reason, he can still be very helpful to the cause.

With pleasure I read that on the agenda there are some topics that I have faced since some time, and Ross Brawn’s arrival is a positive signal. For some while, I have stated that F1 has to be managed by specialists with some experience on te field, but not involved with the teams. I agree with Brawn when he points it finger at the current power-units because I am sure it is a technology more suitable for prototypes and for endurance. The sprint races shall be the major expression of velocity and of competition with tyre-to-tyre struggle. Regarding this issue, FIA has required commissioners to be more permissive. To do this, it is important to have the same team in each circuit. Decisions must be objective and not subjective ( as it happened too many time in the last few years).

The new management will have a not easy task, the fruits of which will be visible in some years. It will be a slow process. Marketing will have to attract new sponsors and fire up the passion in every fan.

#HistoricMinardiDay | Space to Classic Cars

On 6-7 May 2017, at the Enzo and Dino Ferrari in Imola, the appointment with the history of the Minardi Team and of Motorsport will be renewed.
The organizational machine of the Historic Minardi Day is at work to arrange the second edition, after the success of last 25 June with seven thousand fans crowding Santerno’s pits and grandstands.

The formula of the first edition is confirmed with the paddock and the pits – along with the grandstands – open to the fans and aficionados that will have the chance to see and touch many cars and single-seaters that wrote important pages of motorsport. The main point of the event, once again, will be the single-seaters of Formula 1 that were built in 20 years by the stable from Faenza, along with the cars that made this sport great.

Last June, the Ferraris of Alesi, Prost, Capelli, and Niki Lauda were back to roar along with The Williams , 1980’s World Champion , the 1972’s Techno, the March-BMW and the Dallara’s F3s,The Renault F2000, the Ralt F3000, the Chevron-Toyota, and many other Grand Touring cars. More than 60 cars were displayed.

The main newness, along with the fact that the event will take place on two days, will be the strong presence of amazing classic cars from the 60s and the 70s. In addition, on F1 cars side, we are receiving an incredible number of registrations“, comments Gian Carlo Minardi. “We also satisfied the request coming from our fans by scheduling the event on Saturday and Sunday. We added a little bit of charm in choosing as the date for the second edition of the Historic Minardi Day the traditional weekend of the Grand Prix in San Marino”.

Save the Date | The Historic Minardi Day redoubles

After last June’s success that attracted more than seven thousand fans into the Enzo and Dino Ferrari in Imola, the preparations for the second edition of the Historic Minardi Day have already begun.

We renew the appointment with the history of the Minardi Team and Motorsport among the kerbs of the Santerno’s track that gave us a journey 30 years long, making us taste the flavours and the sounds of the V8, V10, and V12 coming from the 80s, from the 90s and from 2000s, ten years after the last F1 Grand Prix.

More than fifty single-seaters from Formula 1, along with Grand Touring cars, Formula 2, Formula 3, and F3000 animated the first edition, along with team-principal Carlo Minardi, the drivers, and the engineers that took part in the stable from Faenza. Miguel Angel Guerra, the first driver who raced under the colors of the Minardi Team in Formula 2, the Italians, Paolo Barilla, Giancarlo Fisichella, Giovanni Lavaggi, Pier Luigi Martini, Gianni Morbidelli, Jarno Trulli, Matteo Bobbi and Thomas Biagi, the Brazilian Tarso Marques, and the Spanish Adrian Campos and Sala Luiz Perez, along with engineers Gabriele Tredozi and Aldo Costa. They all signed autographs, took pictures, answered to fan’s questions, and brought the collectors’ F1 Minardi cars on track.It was also a success the exposition “From Minardi to Torio Rosso” with 39 cars deployed for a “walk” into the “made in Faenza” Motorsport world. It began with the first F2 cars built by Gian Carlo Minardi, then the M185, the first F1 Minardi that made its debut on 5 April 1985 in Brazil and the Minardi PS05, closing with the whole Toro Rosso car selection, till the STR 10.

The first innovation for 2017 is the doubling of the days. The engines of the Historic Minardi Day will turn on on Saturday May 6 and will turn off on Sunday May 7.

After the good feedback of June, we decided to grow with two days devoted to the Historic Minardi Day, bringing forward the event, in May. Once again, we celebrate the sports cars that wrote important pages of this sport with many Formula 1 cars and much more – Gian Carlo Minardi explains – the format remains the same. The Paddock and the pits will be open to the fans that will have the chance to touch the cars ready to go on track, and to meet up with their favorite drivers. Last year, we had many young people and I was very pleased, it was definitely a counter-trend if we think to what is happening to the F1 world championship. A significant signal”.

In the upcoming weeks, we will announce all the new features of the Historic Minardi Day. Let’s start highlighting the event on the calendar: 6 and 7 May 2017, at the Circuit of Imola– Second Edition of the Historic Minardi Day.

#HistoricMinardiDay | Space for classic cars

On 6-7 May 2017, at the Enzo and Dino Ferrari in Imola, the appointment with the history of the Minardi Team and of Motorsport will be renewed.The organizational machine of the Historic Minardi Day is at work to arrange the second edition, after the success of last 25 June with seven thousand fans crowding Santerno’s pits and grandstands.

The formula of the first edition is confirmed with the paddock and the pits – along with the grandstands – open to the fans and aficionados that will have the chance to see and touch many cars and single-seaters that wrote important pages of motorsport.The high point of the event, once again, will be the single-seaters of Formula 1 that were built in 20 years by the stable from Faenza, along with the cars that made this sport great.

Last June, the Ferraris of Alesi, Prost, Capelli, and Niki Lauda were back to roar along with The Williams , 1980’s World Champion , the 1972’s Techno, the March-BMW and the Dallara’s F3s,The Renault F2000, the Ralt F3000, the Chevron-Toyota, and many other Grand Touring cars. More than 60 cars were displayed.

 The main newness, along with the fact that the event will take place on two days, will be the strong presence of amazing classic cars from the 60s and the 70s. In addition, on F1 cars side, we are receiving an incredible number of registrations“, comments Gian Carlo Minardi. “We also satisfied the request coming from our fans by scheduling the event on Saturday and Sunday. We added a little bit of charm in choosing as the date for the second edition of the Historic Minardi Day the traditional weekend of the Grand Prix in San Marino”