The Modena Cento Ore 2016 was staged June 7-12 in Italy, highlighted by three circuit races and 12 special stages over 1,300 km. This year’s event was a special one, offering the 90 teams a ‘coast to coast’ route featuring locations in Emilia Romagna and Toscana. The crews traveled from the Adriatic to the Tyrrhenian Sea, faced each other in the most challenging racetracks in Italy and on the toughest mountain roads of the Apennines.
Created in 2000, the ‘Cento Ore’ is a Competition or Regularity rally held on scenic routes with circuit races, hillclimbs on closed roads and unique evenings in great locations, all sewed together with touristic and cultural hints. The invite-only event is reserved for vehicles with historical and sporting value, built from the 1920s to the 1970s.
Starting in Rimini and finishing in Modena, with stops in Firenze and Forte dei Marmi, the 2016 Modena Cento Ore was quite tough. The Competition section featured 22 time controls, 17 passage controls, 12 special stages on closed mountain roads and three races with starting grids at Imola, Misano and Mugello. The Regularity section followed the same route as the Competition, with 12 average speed trials held on the same closed roads as the special stages and several laps at the 3 racetracks.
The crews of the Modena Cento Ore 2016 came from all over the world: the United Kingdom, Germany, Switzerland, France, Belgium, the United States and many more. Among the participants were acclaimed driver Jürgen Barth, whose achievements include winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1977.
The British, Belgian and German national anthems were played in Piazza Grande as Modena Cento Ore 2016 crowned the crew of Walker-Redhouse in a 1962 Jaguar E-Type as the winner in the competition section for cars built until 1965 for the third consecutive year. Crew No. 58, Van Riet-Cartenian in a 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 RS, was first place among cars from periods G/H/I. First place in the Index of Performance classification went to No. 41 Otten-Billesfeld, in a 1939 BMW 328 Roadster, while crew No. 75, Maes-Pyck in a 1970 Porsche 914/6, were the winners of the regularity section.
The German team Carolus Magnus from Aachen prevailed in the teams classification, the Ladies Cup for the competition section went to crew No.27 Ellerbock-Rohwer, in a 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA and No. 72 Van Roosbroeck-Peeters won the regularity section with a 1963 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 OTS.
Similar to 2015, Sports Car Digest also documented the Modena Cento Ore 2016, with the following great images that capture the spirit of the event. We split up the pictures into two galleries. The first gallery starting below features our favorite images, while the second gallery can be found on the last page of the article and gives a comprehensive view of all the photographs.
Modena Cento Ore 2016 – Featured Photo Gallery
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