Events At Motor Show Racing Legend

Technical Expertise and Culture in Historical Auto Racing, will be an all-out journey into historical auto racing, which will run alongside the 34th edition of the Motor Show to be held in Sala Maggiore, in the former Gallery of Modern Art in Bologna this December 7 and 8. The event is being organized by Promotor International with the valued collaboration of Assomotoracing, ACI-CSAI Commissione Sportiva Automobilistica Italiana (Italian National Sporting Authority) and FMI – Federazione Motociclistica Italiana (Italian Motorcycle Federation), and will branch into two areas – those of exhibition and widening cultural knowledge.

The section geared towards firms will provide an unparalleled opportunity for those working in the historical auto racing sector to meet: from repairs to rapid prototyping, from components to historical vehicle insurance, from specialist clothing to accessories and even museum and conservation work. Another feature of Motor Show Racing Legend will be the début of the first "Italian national network of racing cars and motorbikes", to be staged in the adjacent Padiglione Polivalente: the place to buy and trade two and four-wheels - strictly for racing.

The two-day programme will be packed with conferences and themed discussions dedicated to the history of historical auto racing, and the innovations that have made its fortune. On the technical side, Alfonso Galvani, chairman of Assomotoracing, will centre on the example of the Minardi Team– Giancarlo Minardi has been awarded an honorary degree from Bologna University – the first ever team to have equipped its Formula One cars with components made from fusion welded titanium alloys, which are lighter and much more resistant than those made with aluminium alloy.

The materials used in historical auto racing will also be the focus for Maurizio Nordio, president of the Sinergitec (Technological Synergies) consortium who, in collaboration with Assomotoracing's Centro Studi Magnesio (Magnesium Studies Centre), will chair an in-depth discussion on the use of magnesium. During the course of the conference, Parilla - the historic brand name in the field of two-wheels and kart racing - will be showcased, including presentations of archives and a rich array of photographic material.

Marco Giachi, co-ordinator of Assomotoracing's Centro Studi Storici (Historical Studies Centre) will look to the past, while with an eye fixed firmly on the present and future in two different contributions, leading to discussions on the most modern design techniques for racing cars and motorbikes. On one hand, the focus will be on discussing the innovations which, through aerodynamic and structural calculations, give us an insight into the choices made by designers over the years; while on the other, modern tools will be studied – from reverse engineering to computer-aided design (CAD) – which allow components to be reproduced for which original designs no longer exist.

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