Thursday, 5 September 2013

GALLERY: Italian F1 Monza

Italian Formula 1
Autodromo Nazionale Monza

I thought as the Italian Formula 1 is on this weekend that I would publish a gallery of a slightly different kind, some photos from the Italian F1.  I was lucky enough to attend the Italian F1 a few years ago (2009) and for those of you that have heard the hype that it's one of the greatest motor-sporting events in the World...I can tell you that it is.

The history is epic, one of a few remaining F1s to be part of the inaugural Formula One Championship in 1950.  You can still walk on and under parts of the original Monza Autodrome (only 1 of 3 permanent autodrome in the world at that time) which was raced on at Monza between 1922 and 1957. 

This history from Wikipedia: 'The Italian Grand Prix (Gran Premio d'Italia) is one of the longest running events on the Formula One calendar. The Italian Grand Prix was also one of the inaugural Formula One championship races in 1950, and has been held every year since then. The only other championship race for which this is true is the British Grand Prix, and the only other inaugural F1 races that are still on the calendar are the Monaco Grand Prix and the Belgian Grand Prix. Every Formula One Italian Grand Prix since 1950 has been held at Monza (except in 1980, when it was held at Imola).

The Italian Grand Prix counted toward the European Championship from 1935 to 1938. It was designated the European Grand Prix seven times between 1923 and 1967, when this title was an honorary designation given each year to one grand prix race in Europe.'

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