MODENA, Italy, July 23, 2017 — This June, the drivers and crews of the Italian Motoring Club and the owners of more than 100 classic Ferrari, Jaguar, Austin Healy, Lamborghini and Alfa Romeo cars, and even a Ford Shelby Cobra 289, celebrated the 17th annual Modena Cento Ore.
The Modena Cento Ore brings exquisite cars and their drivers together to partake in classic motorsport and tourism along exciting roads and breath-taking landscapes while enjoying regional culinary delights and great wines.
The pre-1976 supercars race through the Motor Valley from the Adriatic to the Mediterranean, ending by tradition in the Piazza Grande in Modena, Italy, a city on the south side of the Po Valley.
The Emilia-Romagna region of northern Italy is home to super luxury and racing car builders Lamborghini, Maserati, Ducati and Ferrari
This year’s competition included 101 crews from 21 countries taking part in the 17th annual race. They celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Ferrari “Prancing Horse.”
Among the cars competing were a rare example of a Lightweight E-Type, a 250 GT Boana, a Maserati 250S, an original 308 Gr. 4, a former Monte Carlo Rally Renault Alpine, and an Alfa Romeo 8C Monza. There was also an impressive array of Ferrari 250 SWB and 275, and Porsche 911 Carrera RSR models.
Also participating were some two-seater racing cars rarely seen on the roads: Porsche 906, Lola T70, and two Ford GT40 models.
Luxury racing car fans were thrilled that Lord Irvine Laidlaw of Rothiemay brought his 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO. The 1962 Ferrari, of which only 39 were ever built, is valued at $38.1million and holds the distinction of bringing the highest price of any car ever sold at auction.
The event pays homage to the human desire to go ever faster; the cars are a testament to the dreams and vision of their creators, men like Ferruccio Lamborghini, Alfieri Maserati and Enzo Ferrari.
Lamborghini, after years of successful tractor production, began creating what has become one of the finest luxury cars in the world in 1963. Lamborghini reportedly said, “I want to build a car that is better than the Ferrari.”
Enzo Ferrari’s automotive passions started when he was a young child. In 1947, he launched the Ferrari legacy, which celebrates its 70th anniversary this year.
Alfieri Maserati began building his luxury vehicles on December 1, 1914.
Supercar and racecar fans visiting Northern Italy can immerse themselves in Italian supercars while in the Motor Valley. They can visit not only the plants where new cars are meticulously constructed by hand, but also the museums filled with historical cars and dedicated to the men who envisioned and built the finest supercars in the world.
Telling the stories of racing are the the Museo Ferruccio Lamborghini and the Museo Enzo Ferrari. Not to be missed is the private collection of Umberto Panini, whose Motor Museum features Lamborghinis in all their forms, from WWII motorcycles and tractors to the rows of cars: the beautiful, refurbished, highly glossed cars.
The annual Modena Cento Ore race winds through the picturesque Motor Valley for four days prior to the June 10th finale.
During the event, drivers participate in a tour of the valley, including visits to the great car museums to share their passion for beautiful cars that are fast, very, very fast.
If—after touring museums and gazing with longing at fast, sleek cars relegated to elegant storage—the need for speed overtakes you, head to Auto Dromo di Modena and strap yourself into a Ferrari F430 racing car. The model is based on a series-produced car with a very fast V8 engine.
The transmission is a six-speed sequential gearbox with shift paddles behind the steering wheel and the ability to reach 100km (62 mph) in a scant 2.9 seconds. It has a maximum speed of 320 km/h, that is, a blistering 193 mph.
The cost of the experience is lofty: 540 euros for three spins around the track and an additional 60 euros for a video of what is a very fast, and exhilarating experience. Compared to the price of the car, however, it is a bargain.
The Emilia Romagna area of Italy sits along the Northern Apennines with the Futa pass. It seems made for performance cars.
There is an incredible beauty that is unique to this region, its roads lined by mountains, bountiful vineyards and fields of golden wheat, and by Cyprus trees stretching to the heavens as if to catch God’s eye and invite him to watch the race.