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Canossa Events, who bring you the Terre de Canossa, Stella Alpina and Modena Cento Ore rallies, has acquired US based concours event and media company Cavallino Inc., organiser of the Cavallino Classic concours at Palm Beach Florida and publisher of the Cavallino Ferrari lifestyle magazine.  Founded just ten years ago, Canossa Events has rapidly expanded its rallying and other activities to include major events in the Middle East and the US, including many events on behalf of Ferrari S.p.A., such as the numerous Ferrari Cavalcades organised in Italy and globally.  At latest count Canossa was running more than 250 events annually.  Canossa was itself acquired last year by the giant digital platform Motorsport Network group, with an eye to continuing its expansion.  John Barnes, President of Cavallino Inc. said, “I have dedicated a lifetime to building the Cavallino community with a passion for all things Ferrari and it is a business with an impeccable reputation.  I received several offers for the business, but I wanted it to be part of an ecosystem that serves the Ferrari community where it can thrive.”  Luigi Orlandini, founder, Chairman and CEO of Canossa Events said, “I am delighted to welcome John and the Cavallino team to Canossa.  We share the same passion for classic and sports cars, and especially for the Prancing Horse.

2021 will be the 110th anniversary of the foundation of the Italian Motorcycle Federation and it will also mark the 30th anniversary of the Motogiro d’Italia, a re-evocation of the oldest and most prestigious Italian motorcycle test, first run in 1914. Organisers of the road rally for historic, and not so historic, bikes are keen to make it a truly memorable occasion. On offer for 2021 are some 1,700kms through the small roads of central Italy in six days with time-distance trials to determine the winners. There is also a tourist category for those who just want to ride without any element of competition. The event will run this year on 23-29 May. Entries are now open, but filling up fast. See motogiroitalia.it.

The Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs has released one of its periodic surveys into the classic car world of the UK. The independent survey was carried out during 2020 and revealed that the market in, and enthusiasm for, classic cars is growing steadily.

Amongst the findings are the fact that there are 1,538,927 historic and classic vehicles registered in the UK, up 48% from 1,039,950, when the last study was done in 2015. This represents 3.4% of all vehicles registered. The average mileage they cover is 1200 per year, representing just 2% of annual road mileage by all vehicles in the UK.

According to the survey there are almost 4,000 businesses in the historic vehicle sector, employing more than 34,000 people, with a total spend of 7.2bn, up from £5.5bn in 2016.

Another thing the survey covers is public attitude towards historic vehicles, and here too, the response is positive, with 21 million people seeing historic vehicles as an important part of British heritage. See fbhvc.co.uk for the detailed report.

HERO-ERA Independent Survey Produced for the HERO rally organisation by the independent Centre for Economics and Business Research, a report entitled ‘The Economic and Environmental Impact of the Historic and Classic Motor Industry in the UK’ was also recently completed and it findings show an even greater economic impact than the report from the FBVA. The study revealed an £18.3 billion turnover growth industry, that has the same economic impact as all the UK’s ports, all performing arts sectors and is double the size of the UK Scotch whisky industry. It is one fifth of the size of the huge UK built heritage sector of historic buildings. The report also claims that the sector provides 113,000 jobs through the chain spread across the UK, and analyses the extent to which traditional craftmanship and manufacturing skills are preserved in the industry in different forms. These heritage crafts have a strong intrinsic value and need to be preserved and, being highly skilled, they command a pay premium and offer greater than normal job satisfaction. Another highlighted factor is that the sector, because it is highly labour intensive and has a low materials and energy input, is much greener than virtually any other type of consumer expenditure. Its carbon footprint per £ spent is less than a sixth of an average consumer basket of spending. The detailed report can be obtained from the HERO web site free of charge at https://heroevents.eu.

At Phillips’ December 12 Racing Pulse auction in New York, Paul Newman’s Rolex “Big Red” Daytona sold for $5.475 million to an anonymous private collector, the third highest price ever paid for a Rolex watch at auction. In the same sale, the Heuer Monaco watch that Steve McQueen wore while filming Le Mans sold for $2.2 million to set a record price for Heuer timepieces.

Racers Hugh Colman, Kevin Kivlochan, Ted Pearson and Andrew Warner have all been elected to join the Historic Sports Car Club board for 2021.acers Hugh Colman, Kevin Kivlochan, Ted Pearson and Andrew Warner have all been elected to join the Historic Sports Car Club board for 2021.

Around Europe ASNs are doing their best to renew competition and officials’ licences under favourable conditions, as many of them went unused last year due to cancellations and travel restrictions.  In France, for example competition race licence holders that didn’t race last year will have their licences automatically renewed for this year without charge, while in other countries discounts and other concessions are available.  In recognition of the fact that many people are still restricted from travelling, the FIA has also relaxed the rule that says international licence holders must get their medical from a doctor licenced in the issuing country.  This means that if you are stuck somewhere and unable to travel, you can get your medical locally and it will be recognised by your home ASN.

The 2021 Mille Miglia, the 39th revival event, will return to its traditional date, this year 12-15 May.  Owners must register their cars at registro1000miglia.it.  Only cars built before December 31, 1957, in original condition, restored in accordance to the original configuration, or with documented changes added during use, can be registered in the Mille Miglia Register.  A committee has been set up to vet each car that submits an application, to certify whether it is original and only registered cars will be able to apply for the Mille Miglia event.  Eligible cars are those models that took place in the original event from 1927 to 1957.  Entries are now open and will close on January 18.  The 375 successful applicants will be announced in early March.  Unusually for the revival event, the route will go down to Rome via Italy’s west coast, with a stop in Viaregggio, and come back to Brescia in an anticlockwise direction via Bologna

After the cancellation of the Dutch-organised Winter Trial, The Historic Endurance Rally Organisation was forced to abandon its planned Winter Challenge to Monte Carlo scheduled for February in light of on-going cross-border travel restrictions due to the Corona Virus. The Winter Challenge has been postponed for 12 months until February 2022 and in its place will be the UK-based Per Ardua Ad Infinitum classic rally running on 5-6 February.

The new event, based at Taunton in south-west England, will take in special tests and regularity sections across Somerset and north Devon, starting with a leg on Friday afternoon and evening which will finish in the dark at around 20:30hrs. Saturday will feature a full day of competition before a late afternoon finish back in Taunton. The logistics of running a UK-only event at this time are considerably easier and HERO has already successfully run a number of UK events within COVID restrictions.

This year the Tour Auto, one of the earliest motoring events, which first ran in 1899, will mark its 30th anniversary as a revival event. Each year a special marque or model is selected to receive priority and special recognition during the five-day rally, and this year Peter Auto has chosen to celebrate the Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta and the Jaguar MK II. Competitors entered with these models will automatically benefit from a hotel upgrade as well as various advantages to be discovered in the coming weeks.

In order to improve the Tour Auto experience for competitors, organisers have decided to limit total entries to 200, meaning entries will be even harder to get. It is worth remembering that although organisers Peter Auto will welcome the big buck cars and high profile drivers, the selection committee’s brief is to construct the most diverse and representative grid, which reflects all the models, big and small, that ran in the original event, so it is often the humble car that will get an entry over the more high-profile one. There is a list of eligible models on the Tour Auto website. Dates are 19-24 April and entries close soon!

Pre-entries are now open for this five-day special stage rally on the roads of Corsica.  With a unique atmosphere between competitors and spectators, the 2021 edition will follow a new 900km route, over 220kms of which are on 18 special stages.  Entries are limited to 250, and include competition and regularity sections.  The event is often over-subscribed.  Go to www.tourdecorse-historique.fr for regulations and entry forms.