An exceptional selection of classic Ferraris opened the 39th edition of Auto e Moto d'Epoca. It was on March 12, 1947 that Enzo Ferrari put the key in the ignition of the 125 S, the first car to bear his name, marking the beginning of a tradition that has never stopped. For the first time in Padua, Ferrari craftsmanship, dedication, tradition, and innovation will be on display to celebrate a timeless legend that continues to live on thanks to the valuable certification, maintenance, and restoration work carried out by the Ferrari Classiche Department. "Classic Ferrari Exhibition: the gems of the Enzo Ferrari Museum (Modena) at Auto e Moto d’Epoca 2022" is organized by Auto e Moto d'Epoca in collaboration with the Enzo Ferrari Museum in Modena, which currently offers the exhibition "Ferrari Forever," a set-up dedicated to the world of classics that is part of the celebrations for the 75th anniversary of the Maranello House. The Ferrari 125 S, the first car with the prancing horse logo, inaugurated the "Classic Ferrari Exhibition: the gems of the Enzo Ferrari Museum (Modena) at Auto e Moto d’Epoca 2022". The debut of the 125 S on the Piacenza circuit was, in Enzo Ferrari's words, a "promising failure," due to a breakdown that forced Franco Cortese to retire. But in the following weeks, the car won six out of thirteen races.
Exhibitions and experiences
Admiring legendary cars and discovering stories, personalities, events
A place to admire legendary cars and special models, tell the story of the most thrilling sporting events and discover the great designers in the form of themed exhibitions: every year, the organizers of Auto e Moto d'Epoca in Bologna create themes (or exhibitions) where passion and enthusiasm come together, to create a unique atmosphere that involves all attending visitors.
The birth of large road motorcycles at Auto e Moto d'Epoca 2022
Fun, high-performing, sought-after as status symbols: in the 1970s, large-displacement road motorcycles took off, capturing the imagination of the public and the cinema and laying the foundations for an entire market segment. Organized together with Veloce Classic London, the exhibition will tell the story of the birth and growth of this phenomenon with particular attention to the peak of Japanese motorcycles and the history of the most significant models produced in Italy and Europe in this era of great expansion of two wheels.
At the show, there will be the preview of the exhibition "The Golden Age of Rally: the great races" by MAUTO − Museo Nazionale dell'Automobile, curated by the Gino Macaluso Foundation for Historic Cars. On display will be two iconic models: the BMC Mini Cooper S and the Lancia Stratos. The exhibition space will feature two extraordinary rally cars from Gino Macaluso's collection, which will subsequently be displayed in the new and exciting exhibition "The Golden Age of Rally. The great races" which is set up at the prestigious museum venue in Turin from October 27, 2022, to May 2, 2023.
An unprecedented exhibition on the international scene, "The Golden Age Of Rally" is a journey through the history of this sport through the iconic models of the Gino Macaluso Foundation for Historic Cars.
World-champion models of great Italian manufacturers which have made the history of cars in a single exhibition organised alongside the National Car Museum of Turin. Ferrari, Lancia, Alfa Romeo, Fiat and Maserati: Auto e Moto d'Epoca in collaboration with MAUTO - the National Car Museum “Italy wins the races” - a retrospective dedicated to the most important Italian car manufacturers of the 20th century. On show are models ranging from the FIAT 130 HP Grand Prix (1907) to the Lancia-Ferrari D 50 (1955).
The other side of the exhibition "Italy wins the races" in collaboration with Veloce Classic and Sports Cars - London. Gilera, Moto Guzzi, Morini, MV Agusta, Rumi, Benelli and many other brands of the epic era of national motorcycles including the Ducati 900SS, which forever changed the Ducati brand. This is the other side of the exhibition "Italy wins the races" at Auto e Moto d'Epoca 2021, the side dedicated to great Italian motorbikes such as the Gilera 500 4 cylinder GP (1956), which won the World Cup six times between 1950 and 1957.
Auto e Moto d'Epoca welcomed ASI - the Historic Italian Automotive Club - to its ample space "ASI Village" in 2021., Auto e Moto d'Epoca will host the Automotoclub Storico Italiano (ASI) in the spacious "Asi Village" space inside Pavilion 4, where an exhibition entitled "Universo Bertone" will be set up and will feature 16 prototypes from the ASI Bertone Collection: 50 years of style designed by the celebrated Turin car body designer from 1967 to the second decade of the 2000s, with unique models (excluding the iconic Lamborghini Miura) which have made their mark on the world. Ferrari Rainbow, Chevrolet Ramarro, Lotus Emotion, Porsche Karisma, Lancia Kayak, Alfa Romeo, Bella, Aston Martin Jet2 and Jaguar B99: these are just some of the cars that will be exhibited in the different stands of the Federated Clubs that will bring the wide "ASI Village" space to life.
Auto e Moto d'Epoca 2020 was an unforgettable edition for enthusiasts the German brand and beyond. This exhibition celebrated an important anniversary: in 1970, Porsche proved victorious at Le Mans, coming first, second and third with two 917 models and one 908 model, in addition to winning the GT cup, and the Index of Energy and the Index of Performance at the world-famous French competition. From Claudio Roddaro's CLARO collection to Auto e Moto d'Epoca 2020, exceptional models with an extremely impressive sporting past were brought together.
The exhibition in Pavilion 3 was put together in collaboration with Aci Storico and it brought together 10 unique models, racing prototypes and record-breaking vehicles with one common denominator: all cars stemmed from Italian ingenuity and passion for cars. There was the Bisiluro Tarf made by Piero Taruffi, the Nibbo 2 by Lurani, the D46 that Nuvolari raced on with no steering wheel, and other cars which were transformed into inimitable one-offs by Italian craftsmen after World War 2.
Genesio Bevilacqua's "Moto dei Miti" collection has inspired even the best experts and enthusiasts and in 2020 it made its glorious debut at Auto e Moto d'Epoca with about 20 exceptional and unique models gathered in the exhibition "The Man who defeated the Giants". It is the story of Althea Racing, an independent racing house which managed to keep up with the biggest motorcycling houses, winning 5 World Championships in the Superbike and Superstock categories. On show, you will find Checa, Capirossi and Stoner's Ducati, amongst many other vehicles.
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Minimalist, fast and beautiful: Ferrari's "barchettas" mark the Prancing Horse's foray into car racing. On show at Auto e Moto d'Epoca were eight models which belong to important international collectors. From Gianni Agnelli's 166 MM, loaned by the MoMA, to Ferrari's most recent creation, the incredible Ferrari Monza.
MAUTO is one of the most famous automotive museums in the world and it boasts a collection of the most rare and interesting vehicles, with over 200 originals from 80 different brands from all over the world. Some of the star models of the MAUTO brand collection have been exhibited at Auto e Moto d’Epoca 2019: this selection included two exceptional vehicles. The first was a true pioneer of the car-racing era: the Itala 35/45 HP which won the incredible Peking-to-Paris race in 1907, covering 16,000 kilometers in only 60 days. The second was a Fiat 18/24 HP 1908 gifted to the Museum by Carlo Biscaretti di Ruffia, the man whose name is indissolubly tied to the Museum itself. He is the person who came up with the initial idea of putting together the original museum collection and fought for it to be established and to be given a respectable location.
The victories of all seasons - from the late 20s in Sanremo to the Sardinia Rally - in an exhibition which interweaved history, cars and pilots, rivalry and state-of-the-art challenges. This was the Rally Italia Experience, the historic ACI exhibition at the Auto e Moto d'Epoca 2018 show. The exhibition compared two key events of our country's rallying tradition - Sanremo and Sardinia - focusing on key vehicles of the competitions and many pilots (some who were there in person at the ACI stand), which have created the history of Italian Rallying. Among the vehicles present in Padua, there were timeless legends such as the 1928 Fiat 520, the 1972 HF 1600 Malboro, the Audi 4, and the Lancia Delta S4. Among the most recent vehicles, there was also the Ford Escort Cosworth (1993), the 206 Wrc Peugeot dating back to 2000 and the i20 Hyundai.
Exclusive to the 2018 edition was the participation of Shelby American, the creator of the Cobra and Daytona Cobra which, in the Granturismo competitions of the 60s, battled it out against the Ferrari 250 GTOs for the winning spots on the podium. The Cobra Shelby was originally a British closed coupé - the AC Ace - to which absolutely disproportionate motors were applied in relation to its size (the Ford V8). Carroll Shelby, former winning pilot in the 1959 Le Mans race and founder of Shelby American, continued to work with Ford and other American houses to create high-performance models. Among these, there is the legendary Dodge Viper, which ignited American manufacturers' passion for supercars.
Gabriel Voisin, a pioneer of French aviation, brought innovation to the world of cars. He was one of the first to apply the secrets of aeronautics developed during the First World War to vehicles, thus creating revolutionary cars. The 1921 Avions Voisin C1, exhibited at AME by the Nicolis Museum (Verona), was one of these. On the hood of the car, you find the house's emblem: a stylized dove that recalls the Egyptian goddess Isis. The vehicle is fitted with an avalve motor with Knight distribution, while the bodywork, designed by Alfred Belvalette, features the trademark windows that fold into the doors. Some of the innovations associated to Gabriel Voisin are the spacious glass surfaces, the reverse gear light and the electromagnetic Cotal gearbox.
ACI and ASI won over the public at Auto e Moto d’Epoca 2017 with an exhibition entirely dedicated to the Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix, to allow all visitors to experience the thrills of one of the great classic motoring races. Some of the racing cars which made the history of the Monza Grand Prix were displayed at the show, along with the original trophy claimed by Jules Gould, in 1921, on the occasion of the first Formula 1 race, which was held on that circuit.
The 2016 edition of Auto e Moto d’Epoca hosted an exhibition dedicated to Police cars and motorbikes, where visitors got the chance to admire some of the models that have joined our collective imagination, such as the Guzzi Falcone 500 motorcycle – used by the Polizia Stradale - traffic police - in the 1960s – the A.E. Giulietta 1300 TI dating back to 1961 and the A.R. Alfetta 1.8 from 1978. The starring role of the exhibition was played by the legendary black Ferrari 250 GTE of Police Chief Spatafora, the car used by the Mobile corps of the Rome Police Headquarters which, during the 1960s, featured in many of the crime columns of the Italian capital.