Coppa Florio

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The Coppa Florio (Florio Cup) was an automobile race first held in Italy in 1900 as the Coppa Brescia. It was renamed in 1905 when Vincenzo Florio offered the initial 50.000 Lira prize money and a cup designed by Polak of Paris. The cup was to be awarded to the manufacturer who gained more wins in the first seven races, the first race being held in 1905. The first seven races were all won by different manufacturers, with Peugeot winning the eighth meeting in 1925 and securing the cup with its second win. The race continued after Lucien Rosengart, then a director of Peugeot, offered up the cup for a second time.

The Brescia race ran along the route Brescia-Cremona-Mantova-Brescia. In 1908, the race used the Circuito di Bologna: Bologna-Castelfranco Emilia-Sant'Agata Bolognese-San Giovanni in Persiceto-Bologna.[1] Since 1914 most of the Coppa Florio was co-organized with the Targa Florio at the Circuito delle Madonie circuit outside Palermo, Sicilia, running four or five laps, 108 km each. Only in 1927 did it move to Saint-Brieuc to honor Peugeot's win in 1925.[2][3] The winners were:[4][5][6]

Edition Date Circuit Winner Vehicle Time
-- 10 September 1900 Brescia Italy Alberto Franchetti[7] Panhard & Levassor 12 HP n/a
-- 5 September 1904 Brescia Italy Vincenzo Lancia Fiat 75 HP 2*167 km=372.2 km in 3h12m
I 4 September 1905 Brescia Italy Giovanni Battista Raggio Itala 112 HP 3*167 km=500.7 km in 4h46m
II 1 September 1907 Brescia Italy Ferdinando Minoia Isotta-Fraschini 8*60 km=485.7 km in 4h39m
III 6 September 1908 Bologna Italy Felice Nazzaro Fiat 10*52 km=528.1 km in 4h25m[1]
IV 31 May 1914 Madonie Italy Felice Nazzaro Nazzaro 3*148 km=446.5 km in 8h11m
V 4 September 1921 Brescia France Jules Goux Ballot 3L 519 km in 3h35m
VI 19 November 1922 Madonie France André Boillot Peugeot 432 km in 7h09m
VII 27 April 1924 Madonie Germany Christian Werner Mercedes-Benz TF 432 km in 6h32m
VIII 3 May 1925 Madonie France André Boillot Peugeot 540 km in 7h32m
IX 25 April 1926 Madonie Italy Bartolomeo Costantini Bugatti Type 35 T 540 km in 7h20m
X 17 July 1927 Saint-Brieuc France Robert Laly Ariès n/a
XI 6 May 1928 Madonie France Albert Divo Bugatti Type 35 B n/a
XII 5 May 1929 Madonie France Albert Divo Bugatti Type 35 C n/a

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Ricorda del circuito di Bologna 1908
  2. ^ Coppa Florio 1927 discussion
  3. ^ 1927 Coppa Florio
  4. ^ GP Winners 1894-2007 from forix.com
  5. ^ Coppa Florio from targaflorio.info
  6. ^ Grand Prix winners 1895 - 1949
  7. ^ "GRAND PRIX WINNERS 1895-1949". kolumbus.fi/leif.snellman. Retrieved 2008-01-02.