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Gran Premio Nuvolari: threesome with announcement

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There couldn't be a better co-driver for the BMW sports car: the Iserlohner has been driving an B MW 328. Sauer has already experienced everything with the open sports car: Mille Miglia, Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique, Prix Maritim on the Baltic Sea - and 40 times the AvD Oldtimer Grand Prix.

1,077 km in 25 hours

25 hours sit We zen together in the car, spread over three days, cover a total of 1,077 kilometers from Mantua to Rimini and back at the Gran Premio Nuvolari. The classic car rally for cars up to 1969 is the younger sister of the Mille Miglia, is considered a much more relaxed variant and follows in the ranking of the Italian events in second place: 'After the Mille Miglia comes the Gran Premio,' confirms Giuliano Cané, who runs the named after the Italian racing driver Tazio Nuvolari has already won six times.

Instead of an open BMW 328 MM-Roadster like in the Mille Miglia, this time he and his wife face the elite of the teams, mainly from Italy, in a closed Lancia Aprilia from 1938 who have mastered the regularity tests like no one else in the world. Some of the historic cars in the passenger compartment are peppered with electronic auxiliary devices, like a jet jet: They should help to hit the pressure hoses for time measurement in the tests to the hundredth of a second. Against the electronic frippery, with our mechanical stopwatch I feel like a horse-drawn carriage driver in the rush hour of a big city.

1938 the BMW 328 won the class at the Mille Miglia

Uli Sauer is used to the mechanical watch, but the regularity driving is not his profession. 'It's undemanding in terms of driving,' he says. 'I warned you: I don't like regularities.' Nevertheless, the 70-year-old BMW fan accepted the invitation enthusiastically, because during our tour through Italy only one number was in the foreground: 328.

When this low and light sports car BMW 328 with the very modern body shape can be seen in public for the first time in 1936 at the Eifel race was, Tazio Nuvolari drove in an Alfa Romeo Grand Prix car, but had no chance against Bernd Rosemeyer in Auto Union. It is not known whether the Mantuan, who many consider the best racing driver of all time, took notice of the German sports car at the time even if he didn't start himself at the time: The Englishmen Fane /James won the class of sports cars with a displacement of up to two liters in a BMW 328.

Uli Sauer bought his BMW 328 for 8,000 marks

Uli Sauer saw the first BMW 328 in the 1950s: 'I was blown away - the shape, the power and the sound. That was my dream car.' In 1970 he can finally buy one. After a friend's advice, he pays 8,000 marks at the dealer in Osnabrück, the new price for a VW 1302 LS Beetle Cabriolet. Since then he has been driving the white BMW 328, still unrestored to this day. That's why he wants to drive a piece of the Gran Premio Nuvolari himself in the BMW Classic. So he is on the right side when, during the final stage behind Ferrara, part of the route leads over a dike along the Po. It is one of the most beautiful sections of the whole route.

Sauer is also enthusiastic about the BMW from 1937: 'It drives better than mine,' he says with a satisfied expression and gives a little more gas during the violent cross wind turned some pages of the bib-size log into leaflets.

780 kg light sports equipment

But finding the one The route is not a problem at all: the organizers at Mantova Corse have really marked every intersection, every roundabout and every junction with a directional arrow. It is almost impossible to get lost. The biggest difference to the Mille Miglia is the lack of spectators. They are only occasionally on the track, but are just as enthusiastic and wave euphorically at the classics. With the smoky, hoarse sounding six-cylinder, the black German seems to be just as popular as a local bella macchina.

The 780 kilogram two-seater offers the greatest driving pleasure on the winding mountain roads with which the second stage is peppered, which leads from Rimini to the turning point of Siena and back again. This is where the BMW 328 shows its strengths. Only the brakes require a gentle understanding, who prefers to let the car roll downhill in push mode.

As on the day before, the stage ends on the Misano race track, which is named after Marco Simoncelli, a motorcycle racer who died in a 2011 accident. For the two-wheeler teams who spend their weekend on the 4.2-kilometer slope, they arearound 250 historic Gran Premio cars are a welcome evening entertainment.

11 tests are run in Misano

11 regularity tests have to be completed within 2 laps, one seventh of a total of 77 of the Gran Premio. That is around 50 percent more than at the Mille Miglia.

Another difference: There is no table with the specified coefficients for the individual models, but a coefficient is formed using the respective year of manufacture. The older the car, the smaller the multiplier for the penalty points. With 1937 we're not at all bad, but with our hand-held stopwatch, which feels like it was from the same year, we are. So we enjoy the landscape and especially the last few kilometers of the day on the beach promenade along the Adriatic Sea.

Historical model

Like the Mille Miglia, the Gran Premio Nuvolari also has a historical model: After death of the racing driver in 1953, an additional rating with this name was introduced for this road race for the section from Cremona via Mantua to Brescia.

The classic car rally has existed since 1991, and with one exception it is always run by an Italian team was won. This tradition is continued this time by Andrea Vesco and Andrea Guerini, who repeat their 2010 success with the Fiat 508 S from 1934. They drive one of the oldest cars with one of the smallest engines in the field, but with an escort service organized according to the general staff, including their own gasoline supply, they are the biggest. We finally land on the 163rd place overall - but 328 sounds a lot nicer.

Result Gran Premio Nuvolari 2012

21. until September 23, 2012, track length 1,077 km with 77 special stages

1. Vesco /Guerini (I) Fiat 508 S (1934)
2. Cané /Galliani (I) Lancia Aprilia (1938)
3. Sisti /Gregori (I) Riley Sprite (1936)
4. Salivinell /De Marco (I) Alfa R. 6C 1500 SS (1928)
5. Gamberini /Fabbri (I) Alfa R. 6C 1750 GS (1930)
6. Lenzi /Cadoppi (I) Alfa R. 1900 Super (1955)

All results under www.gpnuvolari.it

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