The Monza Historic 2015 was staged 10-12 July at Autodroma Nazionale di Monza in Italy. Over three days the sun blazed down on the new Peter Auto event which featured a selection of the iconic cars back in action: Ferrari 250 LM, Alfa Romeo 33/3, Maserati 300 S and many others.
Well known for being the site of the Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix since its creation in 1922, the 5.793-km Autodroma Nazionale di Monza includes the famous Variante Ascari and Curva Parabolica turns. The competitors of Monza Historic were united with the past of this track on which were written some of the most beautiful, but also most tragic, pages of the motorsport history.
The on-track show was assured by Peter Auto’s five grids (Classic Endurance Racing 1 and 2, Heritage Touring Cup, Sixties’ Endurance, Trofeo Nastro Rosso) plus two invitation grids (Alfa Revival Cup and U2TC), for a total of almost 220 cars.
One of the most exciting moments of the Monza Historic 2015 weekend was the CER 1 race, which was the theatre of 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.
We split up pictures from the Monza Historic 2015 into two galleries. The first gallery starting below features our favorite images, all displayed in the full-width view of Sports Car Digest, while the second gallery can by found on the last page of the gallery and gives a comprehensive view of all photographs.
Monza Historic 2015 – Featured Photo Gallery
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