Relives the Naples Formula 1 Grand Prix

ROME – The Casco Azzurro Motor Club organizes a great event to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the last edition of the Formula 1 Naples Grand Prix. to 1962 (interrupted during the war), on the city circuit of the Posillipo hill. The event will take place on Thursday 19 May at the Naples Tennis Club, where the Ferrari double will be remembered, with Willy Mairesse in front of Lorenzo Bandini.

The event will be embellished by the first Casco Azzurro Elegance Competition, reserved for historic cars which will see about fifty vintage jewels exhibited outside the Neapolitan club, from 12 to 22. The public will be able to admire cars such as the Maserati 6C34M, single-seater with which Tazio Nuvolari won in Naples in 1934 made available by the Panini museum in Modena, a Hesketh of F1 from the 70s, a March-Bmw of F2 and two Lola Sport Prototype. And then Rolls Royce, Jaguar, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Porsche, Alfa Romeo (also present the Giulietta Sprint of the Scuderia del Portello which in 2002 won the historic Carrera Panamericana), while among the Lancias there will be a rare Aurelia B24 Spider Convertible America from 1956 and an Artena from 1932.

Space also for little Urania with whom Maria Teresa de Filippis, the first woman in the world to compete in F1, took part in the first races. Among the jurors who will designate the car “Best of Show” stand out the Aci president, Angelo Sticchi Damiani, the Aci general secretary, Gerardo Capozza, the director of Quattroruote, Gianluca Pellegrini, Maurizio Marinella, patron of the most famous tie atelier in the world and many more. Among the guests of honor there will be Corrado Ferlaino, honorary member of the Casco Azzurro Motor Club, who in 1964 won an Italian championship at the wheel of a Ferrari GTO.

After the historic car competition, the celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the last Posillipo GP will continue in the halls of TC Napoli, where the history of the event will be reconstructed with photos and videos of the time and with Paolo Scudieri who will illustrate some projects aimed at relaunching motor racing and motor boating in a green key. Following are the interventions of the mayor of Naples, Gaetano Manfredi and the president of the Campania Region, Vincenzo De Luca.

For the occasion, the Casco Azzurro Lifetime Achievement Awards will be awarded to Antonio Maglione, winner of the Formula Junior race held in Posillipo in 1960, and to Piero Nappi, a Neapolitan driver with over a thousand appearances in motorsport. There will also be prizes for emerging young people from Campania and the Salerno technician Giancarlo Bruno, Gabriele Tarquini’s track engineer in the year of the World Tourism Championship. During the day, the expansion project of the mini-circuit of Cellole (Caserta) will be presented, destined to become a large international facility capable of contributing also to the redevelopment of the Domitian coast. Finally, the proposal will be made to name the large roundabout located right in the center of the ancient circuit after Mennato Boffa, the only Neapolitan winner of the Naples GP, in 1960 (at the wheel of a Wre-Maserati). (Maurilio Rigo)


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