Passion & Desire – the Dream of ‘Historic Racing Cars’

This year’s Vernasca Silver Flag Hill Climb in Northern Italy is throwing open its track to welcome “the most beautiful cars in the world” on 16-18th June.

“Rather than concentrating on a specific marque, we wanted to celebrate people’s passion and aspirations and allow everyone to bring the car of their dreams”, said organiser Claudio Cassali. “So this year, the theme of Vernasca Silver Flag is US! The fanatics and dreamers who check their pockets and who have finally managed to realise their dreams, whether we are talking about cars worth millions or a few thousand Euros.”

He added: “The Club Piacentino Auto d’Epoca (CPAE) is calling for all those who have made their dreams come true to bring ‘the most beautiful’ cars to Castell’Arquato and welcome all those who continue to dream of one day being at Vernasca Silver Flag, Goodwood, Montecarlo or Nurburgring with the numbers in their hands, ready to stick them on the doors of their very own dream car!

The preparation for this year’s Vernasca Silver Flag started with a live painting contest held on the morning of Saturday 28th January at the hall of the Chamber of Commerce Palace in the centre of the city of Piacenza, with the teachers and students from the Liceo Artistico Cassinari high school specialising in art taking part.

Seven cars were posed for the art students, who painted their interpretation of the relationship between cars, passion and designs. A specially chosen panel then selected the best painting, which has become this year’s lead image of the event.

All kinds of classic racing cars were represented by the seven gorgeous models brought by the CPAE: Touring cars with a Fiat Abarth 1000 Radiale; Gran Turismo with a Ferrari 212 Berlinetta that raced at Le Mans and Mille Miglia; Grand Prix with a Maserati 6 CM; an Abarth 2000 SP that remembered the hill climb races of the 60s; sport cars from the 50s with a Porsche 550; F1 with a Cooper BRM; pre-war with a Balilla Coppa d’oro; and, finally, a fantastic Lancia Delta S4 Ex-Works for the rallies of the ’80s.”

In the afternoon all the paintings were put on display in Piazza Cavalli together with the racing cars.

Chris Routledge, CEO of international auctioneers COYS, who have sponsored the event for many years, said: “This year looks like another spectacular event with the organisers throwing it open to all those people who have had a dream and then brought it to fruition. We see it all the time where people buy a car and then put it back together so that they can compete in an event such as this.

He added: “Recongising and celebrating this passion is fantastic and extremely important, and I know that anyone who wants to bring their car to Vernasca will get a tremendous welcome. This is one of the best-unspoilt events worldwide.”

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Friday June 16
14.00 Scrutineering in paddock area. Castell’Arquato
20.30 Dinner in Castell’Arquato

Saturday June 17
8.00 Scrutineering in paddock area, Castell’Arquato
10.30 First run: Castell’Arquato-Lugagnano-Vernasca (close road traffic)
13.00 Lunch in Castell’Arquato restaurant
15.30 Second Run: Castell’Arquato-Lugagnano-Vernasca (close road traffic)
20.30 Gala Dinner in Castell’Arquato medieval square

Sunday June 18
10.30 Third and last run: Castell’Arquato-Lugagnano-Vernasca (close road traffic)
12.30 Buffet Lunch and Concours Prize Giving in Vernasca
15.30 Cars downhill to Castell’Arquato

For the second year, the Silver Flag will have an important preview on the circuit of Varano de Melegari for fans and participants who want to try their cars on the track before the hill climb. The “Vernasca Silver Flag Classic Track Day” will be divided into non-competitive free track sessions without a safety car. There are four sessions of approximately 15 minutes each. The various classes will be decided after registration has closed, but they will be based on the power of the cars.

Track Day Programme
8:00hs – 9:00hs Meeting of participants and registration
9:00hs – 12:30hs Track sessions
12:30hs – 14:30hs Lunch break
14:30hs – 17:00hs Track sessions