Promotor Classic at the Coppa Milano-Sanremo 2023

Milan. The XIV Historical Reenactment of the Milano Sanremo Cup, a competition valid for the Italian Great Events Championship 2023 by Aci Sport, took place from 23 to 27 March.

Over 100 crews battled over a course of over 900 kilometers through the territories of Lombardy, Piedmont and Liguria where over 115 special stages took place. This year the competition saw Milan as a starting and finishing point for the first time ever, thus transforming the course from linear to circular and increasing the effective competition days from three to four.

Our team is only half happy after a brilliant start to the race but a few too many mistakes that brought some of our crews to the rear including the favorite to win, Fontanella Covelli who after being in the upper parts of the standings then slipped to 16th ‘ Absolute place. Now a close fight for championship leadership between the teams and it will be essential to do well at the next round scheduled for April at the Mugello circuit with a coefficient of 1.5.

Congratulations to the winner, the strong Passanante – Molgora crew on a 1937 Fiat 508 C, bearer of the Franciacorta Motori team

Here are our standard bearers and their placements:

Reindeer – Ceccardi 7th Ass.

Cristina – Baroli 10th Ass.

Soldo – Messina 12th Ass.

Pighi – Glue 14th Ass.

Decremer – Martens 15th Ass.

Drinking fountain – Covelli 16th Ass.

Promotor Classic warms up the engines at the Foresti Trophy

The Foresti Trophy was a real test race for the Promotor Classic team standard bearers who warmed up their engines for the important race scheduled for next week valid for the Italian Great Events Championship by ACI Sport “Milan-Sanremo Cup “.

The Fontanella-Covelli crews performed well in 9th place overall on a Lancia Lambda and Soldo-Messina in 39th place on an Alfa Romeo Giulietta Spider.

Too bad for a delay at the finish line for the Patron-Patron crew on Fiat 514 MM who finished in 50th place after being in the top positions in the first part of the race and for the Steve Clark-Formilan crew on Salmons Gs8 forced to stay in the rear due to some mechanical problems.

“It was a wonderful race – commented Gianmario Fontanella – many kilometers and many pipes done non-stop in just one day of competition, an excellent general rehearsal in view of the start of the Milan-Sanremo Cup from the Monza racetrack on Thursday ”.

Winter Race, Paglione – De Angelis win the Cortina classic

Cortina d’Ampezzo (BL). It was a fantastic victory for the team from Ferrara made up of Massimiliano Paglione and Alex De Angelis to archive the tenth edition of the most glamorous and exclusive winter race which covers 400 km in the most beautiful and enchanting locations in the Dolomites, starting from Cortina to run between Dobbiaco, Corvara, Bressanone, Arabba, Misurina, San Candido and Lienz over five passes: Falzarego, Valparola, Gardena, Campolongo and Giau. At the start from Corso Italia in Cortina d’Ampezzo over 45 vintage cars accompanied by 25 “icon” cars that have made the history of the car which took turns in two stages with 60 timed trials.

Great success therefore for the Scuderia Promotor Classic who write their name on the Roll of Honor of the tenth anniversary edition of the WinteRace Cortina with the 1927 Bugatti T 37, bearer of the Club ASI Officina Ferrarese as well as of the Scuderia Promotor Classic.

“Yesterday was a very nice two days, little snow, but the car always went very well and we had fun”. So declares Massimiliano Paglione who, paired with Alessio De Angelis, won the tenth edition of the WinteRace.
“The event – continues Paglione – is a pearl, a combination of technique and competitive spirit in an incomparable setting”.
De Angelis echoes him: “… it’s always great to participate with this type of car, people think we’re a bit crazy, but in reality, when you love these cars, you adapt to any weather and always have fun”. In conclusion, “This is the spirit of the WinteRace – underlined the organizers Rossella Labate and Stefano Sangalli – which was taught to us by those who participated in the first edition.
For the record, second place went to the 1957 Fiat 1100 103 with the duo Luigino Gennaro and Stefano Bovio and third place went to the 1955 Porsche 356 Speedster Pre A driven by Alberto Battistella and Dario Soldan, also awarded as participants under 40 years old.
An award was also given to 3 cars out of the 25 that were part of the special Icon category: a 2020 Lamborghini Huracan Evo driven by Riccardo Perletti and Franco Bachechi, a 2015 Ferrari F 458 Speciale driven by Graziano Mancinelli and Silvia Claudia Barberi and a Lamborghini Urus Performante of 2022 by Bruno Bergarmaschi and Livia Farissino of the Girard Perregaux team.

The 3rd edition of the Coppa delle Alpi 2023 by 1000 Miglia is being archived

Bormio. The 3rd edition of the Coppa delle Alpi by 1000 Miglia was staged from 1 to 4 March, the first race valid for the 2023 Italian Great Events Championship by Aci Sport.

The winter regularity competition for historic cars winded its way through the most evocative passes of the entire Alpine arc, along the borders of Italy, Switzerland, Austria and Germany, thoroughly engaging the competitors with 11 Time Checks, 7 Stamp Checks, 90 Time Trials and as many as 60 Secret Media Detections in a race of over 1,000 kilometers.

No less than 5 crews took part in the race for the Promotor Classic stable: with the no. 5 Fontanella-Covelli on a Lancia Aprilia, with the no. 18 Filius-Van’t Slot on a Fiat 1100, with the no. 26 Decremer – Martens on Austin Healey 100, with the n.43 Maes – Deplancke on a Porsche 356 C and with the n. 57 Traverso-Imbriaco on Alfa Romeo GT Junior.

The 3rd edition of the competition was won by the talented and fearless Matteo Belotti and Ingrid Plebani on a splendid Bugatti 37A.

For the sports news, the best result for the Scuderia for the Fontanella-Covelli crew in 5th place followed by 8th place for the Decremer-Martens crew and 9th for the Maes – Deplancke crew. Following the good Filius and Traverso. Thanks to all our Scudieri for giving us the first victory of the season on the field which then became a bitter second place for a regulation interpretation of our direct opponents. The season is still long and we will be honored to compete on the pitch… Long live sport and long live motorsport!

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Great success for the Promotor Classic team at RMCH 2023

The curtain falls on the 25th edition of the Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique 2023. The race, now in its 25th edition, saw the start at 7 pm sharp from a crowded Piazza San Carlo in Turin on the evening of Thursday 26 January, to reach the port of Montecarlo only on Tuesday night, 1 February, after more than 1600 km of snow-covered and non-snow roads and 16 special stages, with a total length of 360 km. Three crews took part in the competition for the Promotor Classic team: De Angelis-Arena on Fiat Ritmo 60 with number 12, Corbetta-Moretti on Fiat 128 Coupè with number 181 and Fontanella-Scrivani on Fiat 128 Rally with number 245.

Great satisfaction for all the crews who managed to finish the race always followed by the assistance of the Team.

For the sports report, best team result for our Alex De Angelis navigated by the expert Nicola Arena with a 7th place overall and 3rd in class in Group IV, followed by 69th place for the Fontanella-Scrivani crew and 129th place for the crew Corbetta-Moretti.

The Road Safety courses for the schools of Ferrara are underway

Testimonial of the initiative our Alex De Angelis who today together with the Mayor of Ferrara Alan Fabbri and the Commander of the Traffic Police Marco Coralli presented the initiative on the Listone of Piazza Trento Trieste, surrounded by Christmas decorations and by the Fiat Ritmo which will take part in the next Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique; a nice initiative demonstrating how motorsport can be available for everyone’s safety.

“I thank Alex De Angelis who will make his experience available to Ferrara for a fundamental issue: road safety. An important contribution that comes from the city for the city and a precious help for the kids. It is of great importance for us to be able to count on a champion like him for concrete prevention and awareness initiatives”.

Thus the mayor of Ferrara Alan Fabbri who today welcomed Alex De Angelis in the Cathedral square, driver, driving instructor and former Italian Rally champion who has developed a collaboration with the Luigi Einaudi institute – presented today – to bring the safe driving in schools.

Fontanella and Biagi protagonists at the Insubria Classic Rally

The protagonists of the Scuderia Promotor Classic do not have a rest weekend, which saw our standard-bearers GianMario Fontanella and Cristina Biagi at the start of the Insubria Classic Rally respectively paired with Stefano Scrivani and Gabriele Seno this pre-Christmas weekend.

After two non-stop days with 11 special stages on slippery and sometimes icy surfaces, the good driver from Piacenza saw the fourth position overall, closely followed by the Milanese Gabriele Seno paired with our Cristina Biagi, in sixth position.

“It’s a position that is a little tight for us – comments GianMario Fontanella at the end of the race – but for us it was a test bench with a view to the next Monte-Carlo Rally; here we didn’t do any reconnaissance and we didn’t want to force it, we just checked that everything was ready for the important Monegasque event”.

The Andrea Sandri Trophy to our Alex De Angelis

Yesterday evening in the setting of Palazzo Pendaglia the usual Christmas Greeting Dinner of our city club Officina Ferrarese was held in the presence of the ASI President and Councilor Dr. Riccardo Zavati, the Honorary President Giulio Felloni and the Past-President Massimo Maiarelli.

For the occasion, the prize giving of the Social Championship was held, which saw the good Este regularist Mauro Gessi as the winner, what is defined in Ferrara a bit like the “Historical Motoring Lifetime Achievement Award”, i.e. the Andrea Trophy Sandri which is awarded to the one who most distinguished himself during the year for having transmitted the passion for motoring, handing down what is our sport and our culture.

“He who shares a great passion with others has many friends – this is the trophy”, and for me it is a great emotion – says Alex De Angelis – to receive this truly unexpected award; I have done nothing special other than truly passing on to others, friends, my customers and our drivers what I feel every day when I get behind the wheel of our beloved historic racing cars. For me it is truly an honor to receive this award named after Andrea Sandri, a deceased friend, who has initiated and guided me towards this splendid passion since I was a child, thanks to all”.

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A great “ASI on track”

Varano de Melegari, Parma. The #0 edition of this exciting new formula was a day of celebration for all fans of classic motorsport.

24 free practice sessions between road cars, grand touring formula competition and sports. In addition to the exciting “Hot Laps” with the Dallara Stradale.

The Scuderia of Promotor Classic was present with some important cars belonging to the private collection of ASI President Alberto Scuro including the Porsche 911 2.2S road and the Ferrai 512TR in addition to the exciting Lotus 23 and Jaguar E-Type Lightweight drivers.

The latter has been thoroughly tested by our driver Alex De Angelis in view of a future participation in the legendary 24H Le Mans Classic.

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Fiera di Padova 2022

The era of the Vintage Car and Motorcycle Fair in Padua ended in the best possible way and now with great optimism we are opening the page of the Bologna Fair for 2023. There was a lot of public flocking to the fairground, many friends and customers they came to visit us and many interested people always present for this great passion.

“These are important signals at the moment – says Alessio De Angelis – in our business we deal not only with trade but with services related to Classic Motorsport and I am confident we will be able to look at this important sector with renewed positivity”.