This weekend historic car fans met up for the first Monza Historic. Over three days the sun blazed down on the fabled Monza Autodromo on which a selection of the iconic cars that had written some of the greatest pages in its history were back in action: Ferrari 250 LM, Alfa Romeo 33/3, Maserati 300 S and many others.
The on-track show was assured by Peter Auto’s five grids (Classic Endurance Racing 1 & 2, Heritage Touring Cup, Sixties’ Endurance, Trofeo Nastro Rosso) plus two invitation grids (Alfa Revival Cup and U2TC), a total of almost 220 cars!
One of the most exciting moments of the weekend was the CER 1 race, which was the theatre of a spectacular battle between two star drivers at the wheel of legendary cars. The scene was set in qualifying at the end of which former F1 driver and winner of the 1995 Daytona 24 Hours, Giovanni Lavaggi, put his Ferrari 512 M on pole with only 25/1000sec in hand over his fellow-countryman, five-time Le Mans 24-Hours winner, Emanuele Pirro, in a Ferrari 512 S. The two Italians continued the duel in the race itself swapping positions in the opening laps. The battle ended when the time came for driver changes at half distance, and finally David Hart emerged victorious in his Lola T70 Mk III B.
Other exciting moments included the return to the track of the BRM P 160 that won the legendary 1971 Italian Grand Prix driven by Peter Gethin. This race has gone down in history because of the never-to-be-forgotten final sprint in which he won by the smallest-ever margin in F1 history, 0.01sec, from his four pursuers: Ronnie Peterson’s March, François Cevert’s Tyrrell, Mike Hailwood’s Surtees and Howden Ganly’s BRM. On this occasion Nick Gethin, son of Peter who died in 2011, was at the wheel of the P 160.
Now it’s time for the summer holidays for the entrants in the Peter Auto grids. They will be back at Paul Ricard on 2-3-4 October for the Dix Mille Tours. In the meantime automobile lovers can come and admire the most beautiful cars in the world at the second running of the Chantilly Arts & Elegance Richard Mille at the Château.