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Italy’s most fascinating classic car race is back

The Queen of classic car races is warming up the engine for an event which promises great entertainment.

Italy’s oldest car race, established in the early 1900s by a group of gentlemen drivers, is in its 12th historical re-enactment this year and, for the first time, it will be opening the Italian Great Events Championship.

The route, running along the Milano-Rapallo-Sanremo “direttissima”, offers racing car drivers the chance to travel through the Lombardia, Piemonte and Liguria regions amidst breathtaking landscapes, a spectacular mix of seaside and mountain views.

A 700-kilometer-long route, including 180 kilometers of special stages, most of which never performed before.

The race kicks off on May 6, with the traditional laps of the National Racing Circuit of Monza and the opening parade downtown Milan and then, on May 7, it continues in the direction of Vigevano, up to Rapallo, and ends on May 8 at Sanremo, with the arrival of the cars on the town’s promenade, followed by the gala dinner and prize-giving ceremony at the Hotel Royal.

The competitors will be given special designer gifts by the top luxury shopping mall The Mall Sanremo, which takes part in the prestigious event by offering prizes and benefits, such as the exclusive MY LUXURY WALLET, for a completely personalized shopping experience, and the complimentary My Mall Magazine, featuring useful information and tips about fashion and local history and events.

The history of the Milano-Sanremo Cup is rich in elegance, aristocratic names and gems of motor racing. A combination of technique and glamour which has been attracting collectors from all over the world and has witnessed the participation of special racing drivers such as Prince Adalberto di Savoia, who won the race in 1933, the same year a young and recently qualified driver Rosalinda Bianchi Anderloni won the Coppa delle Dame, the ladies’ trophy, by driving a huge Isotta Fraschini 8B Cabriolet car.

The race was interrupted in 1973 because of the oil crisis and reinstated in 2003 in the form of historical re-enactment without, however, losing any of its charm, and continuing to attract illustrious competitors such as Pierfrancesco Favino and Emanuele Filiberto di Savoia.

A not-to-miss three-day event, for car racing fans as well as for those who love beauty in all its forms.