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Sanremo, March 13, 2005

The third revival of the Coppa Milano-Sanremo – 1° Trofeo Alfa Romeo, was a great success. Jointly organised by MAC Events and Meet Communicazione this C.S.A.I. touristic and regularity rally was promoted and funded by the Automobile Club of Milan. This year’s event started from the Monza Autodrome, which again made its Tazio Nuvolari Press Room available to the organizers for scrutineering, as well as its track and its invaluable expertise.

On Friday, March 11, the Monza Paddock was bursting at the seams with 210 classic cars from all over the world. Once the check-in formalities were completed and the cars had been inspected, the contestants enjoyed a buffet lunch before entertaining themselves and the public with a few trial laps around the circuit in the style of the great champions. Having ended their stay in Monza with a spectacular parade, the cars (all built between 1906 and 1973, the years of the original Coppa Milano-Sanremo) proceeded to the Duomo Square in Milan, guided along the way by a Police team, which cleared the traffic for them whenever necessary. A large and attentive crowd of classic car enthusiasts watched as the cars were introduced and described by Simon Kidston and Savina Confaloni.

The rally started on Saturday at 08h30 a.m. from Piazza del Duomo. 
  The “museum in motion” left  the center of Milan, and traveled through the town of Corsico, via the stunning Piazza Ducale of Vigevano  and then along scenic roads through Lomellina.  This was followed by regularity tests, the first of which took place around Monterotondo before and after a lunch in the romantic cellars at the Monterotondo Resort in the Gavi area. The route offered spectacular scenery, particularly approaching the gulf of Tigullio, after having crossed over the Scoffera Pass. The first stage ended in Rapallo’s seafront promenade.

Sunday March 13: the rally started again from Rapallo at 09h00 and proceeded along the splendid Via Aurelia with its panoramic views. The participants arrived in Savona at 11h30 for a parade through the town center.  After lunch at the Fortezza Priamar, they proceeded via Pietra Ligure, Albenga and Imperia to Sanremo for the final Time Check.

The Winners

The winning crews were honoured at a prize giving ceremony at the Hotel Royal.
Giansante - Mosca in a 1956 Porsche 356 A 1600 SS  of the Porsche Italia team,
2nd  Massara - Schira  in a 1955  Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider prototype,
3rd Pellegrino- Bascio in a 1968 Lancia Fulvia Sport,
4th Bongiorno-Lombardo in a  1962 Jaguar MK II
5th Lui - Sassi in a  1958Triumph TR3 A .

The  1° Trofeo Alfa Romeo  was  awarded to the highest placed Alfa Romeo in the general classification, the 1955 Giulietta Spider prototype of Massara-Schira. First place in the women’s section was the team of
Grimaldi- Mair in their 1930 Alfa Romeo 1750 GT Faux Cabriolet from the Museum Alfa Romeo di Arese.

In total, the contestants covered a distance of approximately 400 km.

Alfa Romeo Title Sponsor of the event

To demonstrate its presence and to highlight its illustrious history, Alfa Romeo entered a selection of 5 exceptional cars from its Museum in Arese. These included the undisputed Queen of this 2005 Revival, a priceless 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Le Mans. Other spectacular cars included a 1930 6C 1750 GT “Faux Cabriolet”, which has never left the museum since its restoration, a 1954 1900 Sport Spider and a 1954 Alfa Romeo 2000 Sportiva, chosen as the symbol of the event.

Also attracting much spectator attention were several pre-war vehicles including a 1922 Diatto Targa Florio, a 1925 Bugatti Type 35,
a 1934 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300 Pescara, a 1934 Aston Martin MkII  (one of the two Ulster Prototypes), a 1936 Bentley 4.25 L Supercharged, a 1933Lagonda M45, a 1937Jaguar SS100, a 1936 Auto Union Wanderer X25K, two splendid Alvis Speed models and two Fiat 508 S Coppa d’Oro.

Sporting qualities, elegance and historic value characterize
d a list of cars that included a 1948 FIAT 1100 Sport Stanguellini, a 1950 Alfa Romeo 2500 SS, a 1953 Maserati A6 GCS Pinin Farina, a 1953 Frazer Nash Targa Florio, a 1954 Ferrari 250 Monza Barchetta Scaglietti,  a 1956 Maserati 450 S and a 1961 Ferrari SWB 250 GT.

The Coppa Milano-Sanremo - 1° Alfa Romeo Trophy also focused on the Gran Turismo of the 70’s, such as the Bertone masterpiece, the1970 Lamborghini Miura P400 SV, the 1969 Maserati Ghibli Spider, the Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2700.

Many VIPs
Claudio Scajola  (Ministry of Programme Actualization), Pietro Lunardi, Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, actress Anna Valle, and RAI TG1 journalist, Francesca Grimaldi.

Various “museums in motion

In addition to the Alfa Romeo Museum of Arese, the Volkswagen Museum of Wolfsburg with a 1959 Rometsch Coupé, the Police Museum with a Alfa Romeo 1900 and Porsche Italia, were represented by cars from their collections.

Participants from all over the World
There was a high level of foreign participation with teams from 13 nations including the United States, Canada, Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom, Holland, Austria, Switzerland, Russia and Greece. Swiss teams constitute
d 11.1%, Germans 7.6%, and English 6.6%.  Thirty-five automobile marques were represented.

Short history of the Coppa Milano-Sanremo
The Coppa Milano-Sanremo was first run in 1906 and organized by the Automobile Club of Milano. In 1973  the shock of the oil market interrupted the event. It was revived in 2003, thanks to the commitment of MAC Events and Meet Comunicazione and the Automobile Club of Milano
, that supports and promotes it.

The Ligurian Riviera has always been one of the most popular tourist destinations for the Milanese. But, at the turn of the century this seashore, relatively near to the Lombardy capital, was not easy to reach, as it required crossing formidable mountain passes for cars of the time. Precisely because of these hardships it was an ideal route for rally regularity trials that symbolized competitive motoring, from the Thirties to the beginning of the Seventies. The Coppa Milano-Sanremo was organized by the Milan Automobile Club for the first time on 2 April 1906 as a reliability trial and was won by Tamagni in a Marchand and Maffeis in a De Dion, both also coming first in the kilometer record trials, tieing with Vanetti in a Mercedes. The event was taken up again in 1929 and continued, with only one interruption in 1936, until the war broke out. It resumed in 1948, still organized by the Milan Automobile Club, as a reliability trial without classification and with the addition of a hill-climb trial. In the years up to 1973, the Coppa Milano-Sanremo kept to its traditional routes with the addition of the Monza Autodromo Circuit, the Ospedaletti Circuit, precision trials and hill-climbs. After thirty years of silence, the engines were revved up again to bring back to life this famous event that started as an adventurous “trip” made by the Milanese to the sunny coast of the Riviera dei Fiori (coast of Flowers), after a long and grey winter on the plains on the interior.

Alfa Romeo GTA display
Lamborghini P400 Miura SV - Roberto Giordanelli
Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Le Mans s/n 2111002 - Monti Maurizio
Alfa Romeo 1750 GT Falso Cabriolet - Francesca Grimaldi
Alfa Romeo
The long and winding road
Alfa Romeo 2300  GT cabrio - Teodoro Somasca
Alfa Romeo 1900 SSZ Zagato - Axel Marx
Alfa Romeo 2000 Sportiva - prototipo s/n 19005-00003 - Antonio Magro
Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster - Gianfranco Corte
Anna Valle