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Modena Cento Ore 2019 Coast to Coast

Just a month to go before the departure of the new edition.

The organisers have prepared a very special itinerary for the 19th rally, crossing Italy east to west, from the Adriatic to the Mediterranean.

New for this year is the night-time race at the Misano World Circuit.


The Modena Cento Ore is the only rally in Italy, and one of the few in the world, where the drivers get to challenge one another both on the racetrack and on special stages on roads closed to normal traffic: a thrilling combination of a rally and speed on the racetrack, made even more exciting by the starting grid at the departure.


An international race for classic cars; an exhilarating combination of marvellous cars and gentlemen drivers from all around the world who come here to enjoy a uniquely Italian experience, combining the adrenalin rush of competition with the delights of Italian hospitality, and the chance to explore the country en route.

This year, the Modena Cento Ore will be held from Tuesday June 4th to Sunday June 9th with an itinerary crossing Italy from east to west.

The team at Canossa Events and Scuderia Tricolore has prepared an exclusive programme for the crews taking up the gauntlet: four days on the most beautiful routes through Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany: from Rimini to Florence, Forte dei Marmi and Modena, with the final arrival and podium in Piazza Grande.

Three races on the track at the legendary circuits at Imola, Mugello, and Misano where an exhilarating night-time race has been arranged; 11 hill climbs on roads closed to normal traffic and 1 super special stage on the track at Modena: a winning combination of a rally and speed on the racetrack.

There will also be a ‘regularity’ stage held after the speed trials, following the same programme but with a more relaxed approach, with timed track races and average speed trials on roads closed to normal traffic: ideal for crews who would rather relax and enjoy the drive.

Once again, the boom in registrations shows the event has been met with great enthusiasm, as it sold out months ahead of time with applications pouring in from all around the world.



The 2019 Route

The route will cross Italy from East to West with a chain of spectacular legs, with the public invited to come and watch, offering some marvellous views and perfect photo ops.

The marvellous cars will stay on display on 4th June in Parco Fellini in Rimini before setting off on Wednesday June 5th, crossing San Marino, the roads of the Spino Hill Climb, Bibbiena and Anghiari, finishing in Arezzo where they will line up in Piazza Grande. They will then pass Chiusi della Verna and the Casentinesi Forest National Park, arriving at the Marco Simoncelli Misano World Circuit, ready for the 7.30 pm start of the spectacular night-time race on the track.

On Thursday June 6th, the second day of driving will get off to a start at 10 am with a race at Imola Racetrack named after Enzo and Dino Ferrari. The crews will then continue driving to Imola where they will park up at Rocca Sforzesca for lunch, before tackling the roads and passes in Mugello, and entering Florence and Piazza Ognissanti.

On June 7th, they will leave Florence and make their way to Mugello International Racetrack for an exhilarating race starting at 9.00 am. After the special stages through the mountain passes crossing the Apennines, lunch will be served at Montecatini Terme ahead of the drive through Garfagnana to Forte dei Marmi, where the cars are expected to arrive in Piazza Marconi starting from 6 pm.

The fourth and last leg will set out from Forte dei Marmi on Saturday June 8th, entering Emilia across the Abetone Pass and bringing the day to a close at Modena, the heart of the ‘Motor Valley’.

The cars will race against one another in at Modena Racetrack in a super special stage and then continue the drive to Piazza Grande, where the public will be able to watch the final arrival of the splendid cars as they line up below the Ghirlandina bell tower. They are expected to start arriving at 5 pm and the winners will take the podium at 6.45 pm.



The numbers of the Modena Cento Ore

  • 107 cars registered, selected from more than 250 applications to take part, with 67 competing in the competition section and 40 in the regularity section
  • 14 countries represented, with 214 competitors from all around the world: Great Britain, Germany, Switzerland and other countries in Europe, as well as United States, Canada, and New Zealand…
  • 23 motor vehicle manufacturers represented, shared out evenly between the Italians (Ferrari and Alfa Romeo), English (Jaguar, Lotus, and Ford), Germans (Porsche, Mercedes-Benz and BMW), and Americans (AC Shelby Cobra, Ford and Chevrolet)
  • 11 Special Stages on roads closed to normal traffic, 3 GPs and 1 super special stage for the competition section;
  • 11 average speed trials and 12 timed trials for the regularity section
  • 4 legs arriving in different cities
  • 1000 km of roads in 4 days of driving
  • 96% participants from abroad
  • 20% women competitors
  • 0 residual emissions of C02
  • More than 600 people involved in the event including the organisers, staff, sports personnel, timekeepers, photographers, cameramen, Police officers...



What makes the “Cento Ore” so special

“The Modena Cento Ore is acknowledged as one of the most important rallies in the world and a meeting point for the top names in the industry.” says Luigi Orlandini, visionary founder of Canossa Events. “Winning the prestigious Rally of the Year 2017 award at the International Octane Awards, the world’s ‘Oscars’ of classic car motoring was proof of that. Its success is mainly due to the heartfelt enthusiasm of all those taking part and the passion of the close-knit team of people who work for a full 12 months so that the next year’s event will be even better.”

The event is also made unique by our superb partners like RM-Sotheby’s, the world leading auction house for our industry, Blackfin who has designed an exclusive model of eye-wear for the crews, Brose, excellence in the field of mechatronics, I Greppi, Straight Eight Logistics and Brandoli.

The organisers have once again confirmed their eco-friendly outlook by deciding to implement a CarbonZero protocol and completely offset the residual emissions of CO2 by planting new trees in the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines: the Modena Cento Ore is the only “zero emissions” event of its kind.

The Panathlon Club of Modena has once again confirmed its support, somewhat of a tradition by now, with an important donation in favour of sports projects for disabled children.

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