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VERNASCA SILVER FLAG: THE 27TH EDITION CELEBRATES MASERATI’S TIMELESS STYLE

12 Jun 2023
  • What is the latest event that Maserati is featuring this year?
  • Which cars will be participating in the race?

The 27th edition of the Vernasca Silver Flag is due to take place from 9 to 11 June. This competition recalls the historic uphill speed race – held from 1953 to 1972 – dedicated to classic cars; every year, it packs out the Piacenza hills along a route leading from the enchanting medieval village of Castell’Arquato to Vernasca, a small town nestled in the Ligurian Apennines. 

The honor race

The honor race

Maserati will be featuring at this year’s event. The Trident will be lining up four vintage gems, on display in a dedicated space. They will also take part in the legendary climb, where hundreds of vintage cars will parade among the most iconic and appealing models in the history of motoring.

Maserati is right at home at the race organised by the CPAE Club Piacentino Automotoveicoli d’Epoca, which appeared in the roll of honor with the 1956 victory of Fernando Pagliarini in the Maserati 150S, and with Odoardo Govoni’s 1961 win at the wheel of the Maserati Tipo 60.

The dynamic race to restore and preserve vintage cars culminates in a parade unmatched in its class of the most esteemed brands. Racing cars built from the early 20th century to 1972 compete for the big prizes in the competition: from rally cars to pre-war models; from prototypes to single-seaters and the most memorable grand touring vehicles. The best conservation and the best restoration receive awards, as do various other categories.

In this authentic museum in motion, Maserati will be reigning over the 2023 edition. The Vernasca Silver Flag will celebrate the Trident and its exemplary history of passion, tenacity, and creative, engineering and mechanical genius, as well as the countless successes that have taken the Modena-based brand to the tracks all over the world.

Historic race cars

Historic race cars

On Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 June, running between the panoramic hairpin bends of one of the most anticipated historical races among classic fans will be the 1953 Maserati A6GCS-53 Berlinetta Pininfarina – 4 models produced, the creation of which acted as a watershed between the worlds of race cars and road models. It is a 170-hp berlinetta with a top speed of 235 km/h of speed, a veritable workout for four-wheel specialists.

Alongside it on the catwalk will be one of the most successful two-litre sports models of its time, a 1949 Tipo A6-1500 GranTurismo that made its debut at the 1947 Geneva Motor Show. Characterised by its design by Pininfarina and the major innovation of a tubular chassis including components with a circular cross-section, only 58 examples were ever produced.

The 1961 Maserati Birdcage Tipo, 17 of which were made, was a formidable opponent for all the automakers taking part in the races of the time, as a result of its extraordinary handling and ease of driving. Last but not least, these models will be joined by the 2001 Tipo 320 S, the starting point for the Trident’s return to the track that simultaneously marked the then-imminent relaunch on the US market: a unique specimen, with its popular 3.2-litre 90° V8 engine, turbocharged with dual turbines and the ability to unleash 370 hp, driving the car to a top speed close to 300 km/h.

The “escort” for the vintage beauties will be a Maserati GranTurismo and a Maserati Grecale, provided for test drives by TridenteClub: the Trident’s past and present are coming together for an event with an international flair, a dynamic competition of the biggest names in the world motoring scene, with a timeless allure.

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The news comes ahead of the global dynamic debut of the T.50s Niki Lauda prototype on 13 April at the UK’s Goodwood Motor Circuit. The first public outing for the T.50s prototype will headline the 81st Goodwood Members Meet where more than 15,000 track spectators will enjoy the first outing of the race-spec car revving through to its 12,100 rpm redline. The T.33 mule ‘James’ will also make its dynamic debut at the event marking the progress made by the GMA R&D team and enabling the public to hear the GMA.2 V12 engine for the first time.

The Goodwood event will celebrate the career of famed racer Niki Lauda – the 1970s and 1980s F1 driver whose name appears on every T.50s. Raising the occasion’s significance further, GMA will explain the unique connection between the T.50s and the iconic Brabham BT46B ‘Fan Car’ that Niki Lauda drove to a commanding victory at the 1978 Swedish Grand Prix.

Conceived by Gordon Murray during his 17-year tenure as Chief Designer at the Brabham Formula One team, the BT46B rose to instant iconic status due to Murray’s innovative addition of a ground-effect fan system. Having dominated and won its inaugural race at Anderstorp, Sweden in the hands of Niki Lauda, the model was withdrawn by Brabham to pacify other teams for the good of the championship.

Gordon Murray, CBE – Executive Chairman, Gordon Murray Group: “The dynamic debuts of the GMA T.33 mule and GMA T.50s XP1 mark an important milestone in the development of both supercars. I’m also proud that we will participate in honouring a man who was a one-of-a-kind racer and a great friend by showcasing the T.50s Niki Lauda at Goodwood. Additionally, revealing the 25 historically significant motor racing names for our track-only T.50s is the perfect way to celebrate a favourite event for me and the whole GMA team.”

GMA’s Dario Franchitti will present attendees with an insightful overview of the story of the BT46B and its significance in the design and engineering of the T.50 supercar and its track-spec T.50s sibling. The GMA team will also be joined by His Grace the Duke of Richmond who will take a tour of the Murray display of heritage race cars and modern-day GMA supercars.