1000 kilometres and 100 hours to mark the 21st anniversary. These are the numbers of the Modena Cento Ore 2021, which took the crews from Rimini to Florence and Forte dei Marmi before they finally reached Modena.
- Races were held at four circuits: the Misano World Circuit, the Enzo and Dino Ferrari Circuit in Imola, the Mugello Circuit, and Modena Circuit.
- 9 special uphill stages explored the most beautiful roads through the Apennines in central and northern Italy
- 9 average speed trials
- 1 Super special stage on the racetrack
- 14 car manufacturers represented
- 4 cities where the legs of the rally arrived
- 90% of participants came from abroad, confirming that the Modena Cento Ore ranks as one of the most international events in the sector
- 0 residual emissions of C02
- More than 600 people were involved in the event, including the organisers, staff, sports personnel, timekeepers, photographers, cameramen…
Although the pandemic caused a few organisational headaches, leading to turmoil in the logistics “on the go”, the participants were able to truly enjoy a few days of “driving freedom”.
The Cars at Modena Cento Ore 2021
Some of the cars taking part in the Modena Cento Ore 2021 certainly deserve a mention for their wonderful past, often making history in sporting terms.
Without a shadow of a doubt, the cars that drew the most admiring looks were the 1960 and 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Competitions driven by Martin and Susanne Halusa and Adrian and Nicholas Beecroft.
Not only do they rank among the most important collector’s items in the world, they have both a history of racing and outstanding results. Seeing them compete in the competition section was a huge thrill for everyone.
Also to mention is the 1961 250 GT SWB, chassis 2129GT, driven by crew n° 6, (Beecroft), it´s the car that won the Tour de France in 1961 and came second overall in the 1000 km of Montlhéry, as well as winning the GT class at the Rouen Grand Prix and finishing second overall in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
For their Modena Cento Ore debut, crew n° 29, Daniele Perfetti / Alan Scorcioni, brought the 1974 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 RSR, chassis 9114609051, which did the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1976 with L’Ecurie Robert Buchet, winning the GT class and the Tour de France.
Crew n° 57, Christian Chambord and Patrick Fourestie, drove the Alpine Renault A110 1800, chassis 18010, formerly an official racing car for the manufacturer which competed in the 1972 Tour Auto driven by J.P. Nicolas and J. Todt, and also competed in the Tour de Corse.
The Alfa Romeos included the remarkable1970 1750 GTAm driven by crew n° 53 Michael Vos / Ludwig Yuergen, chassis AR2438264, which won its class at the 1974 Giro d’Italia.
The only Stratos present at the 2021 edition was the 1975 Gr. 4, chassis 829ARO001936, driven by crew n° 28, Pierre Mellinger / Tommaso Gelmini, a former Jolly Club and Ferdinando Montaldo car.
In the world of Porsche, there was the remarkable 1975 911 Carrera RSR chassis 9114600597, crew n° 30, Didier and Dominique Cazeaux, a former Kremer Racing Team car that competed in the 1975-1976 season wearing Camel livery.
As regards the cars that entered the regularity section, the 1952 Birch grey Jaguar C-Type, chassis XKC016 driven by crew n° 60, Joel and Alva Berg, took part in the Rallye Soleil – Cannes, the Montlhéry Autodrome Driver, and the Mille Miglia in 1953 with its first owner.
The 1956 Maserati 200 S, chassis 2405, driven by crew n° 61, Enzo and Federico Moroni, is equally impressive with its very special racing history. It was a Maserati racing team car and very likely took part in the Supercorte Maggiore Grand Prix in 1956 with Sir Stirling Moss followed by the Bari Grand Prix with Cesare Perdisa.
Remaining in the regularity section, there was also a veritable superstar for this type of car: the Ferrari 308 GTB driven by Oscar Brocades Zaalberg and Evan Chersberghen, crew n° 72, chassis ZFFHA01B000022409, which in its raced day in rallies driven by Harry Toivonen.
Another noteworthy car was the 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA, chassis number 613013, which raced with Nanni Galli behind the wheel in 1966, finishing second overall in the FISA Cup at Monza and was later prepared and used for racing by Angelo Roberto Chiapparini. It was driven at the Modena Cento Ore 2021 by crew n° 80, Alessandro and Chantal Van Hellenberg Hubar.
The 2021 edition
Now the 2021 edition of the Modena Cento Ore has come to a close, Canossa Events can confirm that the event is one of the most popular of its kind at international level. It is based on a formula that includes races on the track, a long itinerary with very picturesque stretches of driving, and special uphill stages, resulting in its extraordinary appeal. But what makes it absolutely unique is the fact that when the drivers have taken off their helmets, they have the opportunity to get to know a bit of Italy’s history and to sample the finest hospitality and superb culinary traditions that make this unique country so famous.
Canossa Events is proud of the affection shown by their competitors for this wonderful rally; as Italians, they are proud to be considered among the best in the world in their specific field.
Today the HQ of Canossa Events is based in the heart of the Motor Valley, but it also has operations in the United States and the Middle East.
As per tradition, part of the proceeds of the Modena Cento Ore was donated to the Panathlon Club of Modena to help support sports projects for disabled children.
As always, the Cento Ore is the only green event in this industry. Canossa Events also confirmed its environmentally friendly approach as it continues to apply the CarbonZero protocol at its events, and will fully offset the residual CO2 emissions produced by the Modena Cento Ore 2021 by planting new trees in the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines. The Modena Cento Ore remains the only “zero emissions” event of its kind.
The success of the Modena Cento Ore is also possible thanks to the support of its superb partners like Blackfin, who designed an exclusive model of eye-wear for the crews; RM-Sotheby’s, the world-leading auction house for classic cars; Brose, Brandoli, and I Greppi.
As the event drew to a close, Luigi Orlandini, President and CEO of Canossa Events, had this to say: “I’m so happy that we were able to run the event with not too many restrictions, just a little sad for all the friends from the UK and other countries that could not join us, but we’ll be waiting for them next year. The grids were full of exceptional cars. Behind the wheel or reading out the pacenotes, so many nice and determined ladies and gentlemen who helped our team creating the unique atmosphere of challenge and camaraderie that the Modena Cento Ore is all about. Thank you to all the competitors and mechanics, all our collaborators, ACI Sport, the circuits of Misano, Imola, Mugello and Modena, all the cities involved and in particular Rimini, Florence, Forte dei Marmi and Modena. I really hope that this has been the last edition in Covid times, and that next year we’ll be allowed to hug and party again!”.
In the PRE 1965/ CDEF Competition ranking: first place went to crew n° 24, Thomas Kern – Stephan Peyer in a 1965 Jaguar E-type, followed by crew n°8 Jean-Marc and Patricia Bussolini in a 1965 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS and n°11 Mathias Körber – Roberto Restelli in a 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA.
In the G/H/I Competition ranking, first place went to crew n° 29, Daniele Perfetti – Alan Scorcioni in a 1975 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 RSR, followed by n°46, Andrew Siddal – Seb Garcia Perez in a 1975 Ford Escort RS 1800 and n°50, Timm Peter Meinrenken – Lara Charlotte Schwiering in a 1971 Alfa Romeo Giulia 1750 GTAm
The Index of Performance ranking went to crew n°11, Mathias Körber – Roberto Restelli in a 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA, followed by n°19 Ivan Vercoutere – Brigitte Vercoutere in a 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA and n° 18 Andrew Lawley – Brij Kotecha in a 1965 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint GTA.
First place in the Regularity event went to crew n°74 Philip Vlieghe – Oliver Laporte in a 1965 AC Shelby Cobra 427 followed by n°67, Axel and Andrea Urban in a 1972 Porsche 911T and n°68 Ruben Maes – Aswin Pyck in a 1970 Porsche 914/6
The winners of the ranking divided by periods were: Period I, n°59, Alistair Oxley – Matt Edwards in a 1981 Fiat 131 Abarth Rally; Period H, n°29 Daniele Perfetti – Alan Scorcioni in a 1975 Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 RSR; Period G, n°50, Timm Peter Meinrenken – Lara Charlotte Schwiering in a 1971 Alfa Romeo Giulia 1750 GTAm; Period F, n°24, Thomas Kern – Stephan Peyer in a 1965 Jaguar E-type; Period E, n°7, Martin and Susanne Halusa in a 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Competizione
The Best Ferrari Crossing the Finish Line special prize offered by Carrozzeria Brandoli went to the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Competizione driven by crew n°6 Adrian Beecroft – Nicholas Beecroft
The prize for the best team went to Bad Boys Racing (crews n°65 and 66) for the regularity section and to Formula GT (crews n° 41, 50 and 54) for the competition section.
The prize reserved for the support staff went to team GTO, consisting of Kevin & Lee Jones.
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