Originally planned to take place in June, the 25th running of the Vernasca Silver Flag, an annual Concours d’Elegance and hill climb was run from September 10th to 12th instead. Italy is very sensitive about pandemic warnings, rightly so, and as such rescheduled the event when there was a small flare-up of variant strains in the early summer of 2021.
A rebirth of the Castell’Arquato-Lugagnano-Vernasca hill climb that was held between 1953 to 1972, the event is put on by Club Piacentino Automotoveicoli d’Epoca and is free to attend for spectators. Official entrants are either private invitees, or must prove that they have a vintage car in running, hill-climb capable order. This keeps the entries exclusive, and some of the most beautiful and rare classic sports cars are therefore only able to be seen doing what they do best at this event.
As it so happens, one of our favorite YouTubers around the office attended this event with his excellent camera and audio setup, so we really must thank 19Bozzy92 for putting together this compilation of the event with nothing but raw sound.
This year, some especially rare cars showed up, chief among them the only known remaining Auto Avio Construzioni 815 that is still in running condition. This car is special because it was produced in extremely small quantity, and was the first car that was officially designed by someone with the last name Ferrari. Due to a legal issue, the car was unable to be branded a Ferrari, and was one of the many reasons that prompted Enzo to leave Alfa Romeo and form his own company.
With several original and replicas, the Lancia Stratos was a definite hit at the show. Among the originals was a beautiful yellow 1973 Stratos HF Stradale (road) version, with its insanely small cabin and short wheelbase looking in premium condition. The Stratos is still one of the most popular rally cars ever made, as it had the styling of Bertone, a Ferrari Dino V6 engine with well over 200 HP, and a short-as-hell wheelbase that made it insanely agile, if a touch unstable, around corners on both tarmac and gravel. The Stradale homologation version was down-tuned to “only” 190 HP, but with the car weighing less than a ton, even with the street version interior, it was, and still is, a rocketship for the road.
A few original Competizione versions also showed up, such as this original Group 4 1974 World Rally Championship Stratos HF with sponsorship by Rino Fabbri Editore publishing house, Jolly Club, and MocAuto.
Because the route was on close roads, and there would be an official police escort between the end of the hill climb and the Concours/paddock area, many non-road-legal sports cars showed up. Among them was this exquisite, fully running, and race-ready Abarth 2000 Prototipo Group 4 was let loose on the hill. Powered by a 1.9L inline-four engine that was hung as far back as the chassis could sustain, driving the rear wheels through a 5-speed box, the Abarth 2000 Prototipo (later renamed the Abarth 2000 Sport) was
By: Simon Bertram
Title: 25th Vernasca Silver Flag In Italy September 10-12, 2021
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/25th-vernasca-silver-flag-in-italy-september-10-12-2021/
Published Date: Sat, 18 Sep 2021 03:11:05 +0000
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