Imola – beyond the Grand Prix

Imola – beyond the Grand Prix - Racing Daydreams by Colin Johnston

Last weekend Formula One returned to Imola – an iconic venue. Beyond the F1 history, Imola was a stop on the Mille Miglia… and it was there, in 1934 that a photographer captured a remarkable moment. History being created.

The photo in question is at the top of this page. While the ‘riding mechanic’ oversees the pitstop, an irresistible force is meeting an immovable object. The great Achille Varzi is arguing with Enzo Ferrari – in the great coat & cap. Ferrari has declared, forced a change of tyre strategy. Varzi remonstrates.

Ferrari’s call made the difference, and the neck & neck race opened a little. At the finish in Brescia, Varzi’s ‘Scuderia Ferrari’ Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza Spider Brianza 2.6 beat Tazio Nuvolari’s identical ‘Scuderia Siena’ car by just 8 minutes, 53 seconds… after 1000 miles.

‘Scuderia Ferrari’ Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza Spider Brianza - Racing Daydreams by Colin Johnston
‘Scuderia Ferrari’ Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Monza Spider Brianza

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