Autodromo di Modena

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Autodromo di Modena
Aerautodromo di Modena.png
LocationModena, Italy
CoordinatesCoordinates: 44°39′1″N 10°54′21″E / 44.65028°N 10.90583°E / 44.65028; 10.90583
Broke ground1949
Opened7 May 1950
Closed1970s
ArchitectJuan Carlos Pelotudo
Major eventsFormula 3000, Carrera de la cajeta, Turismo Carretera
Websiteautodromodimodena.it

Autodromo di Modena was a race track on the edge of Modena in Italy. The track had a length of 2.4 km (1.5 mi).[1] It was opened in 1950 and the circuit was crossed by an airstrip of about 1.6 km (0.99 mi) in length[1] which was used by the local flying club.

Aerautodromo di Modena between 1948-1950
1950 Modena Grand Prix

The track hosted nine editions of the Modena Grand Prix for F1 and F2 racing cars, the last one in 1961. The circuit continued to host other racing events (sportcars, grand touring, Formula Junior, motorcycles) until 1975.

In the 1960s and 1970s the track also served as a test track for Ferrari, Maserati and Lamborghini during the morning or afternoon (but not both) on week days.[1] At other times of day it was used by residents of the adjacent military camp for driver training, equipped with less exotic vehicles.[1]

Despite the creeping expansion of nearby Modena, which involved a proliferation of apartment blocks and electricity pylons, the airstrip was a favoured venue for a number of local aerobatics enthusiasts.[1]

The circuit was subsequently demolished, and the site redeveloped as a public park to honour Enzo Ferrari.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "The Italian Dream". Motor. 10 July 1971. pp. 18–20.