Modena Motorsport Trackdays – Spa Franchorchamps

Posted on July 30, 2015.

Report & pics by Henk J. Brouwer, ‘nJoy Media

Modena Motorsport resides in Langenfeld between Leverkusen, Wuppertal and Düsseldorf (Germany). Within the Ferrari world they are very well known for their organization of the Modena Motorsport Trackdays. In addition, they are well-known for their collaboration with Jacky Ickx and the victories that the team of Modena Motorsport won in the Shell Historic Challenge. Formerly also taking place on the Nürburgring, this year it was at the legendary circuit of Spa Francorchamps where for two days the different classes drove around the track and where the spectators can enjoy free access to the pit lane and pit boxes.

20 F1 cars were announced and about 200 classic Ferraris. Well, those numbers were far from being reached, but in addition to the participants everybody had a good time, especially as the weather Gods were particularly favorable. Moreover, most visitors have had experience with previous Modena Trackdays where those numbers were easily reached. Excellent weather, without a speck of rain, together with some Ferrari racers and other exotics brought enough to enjoy.

Around noon of Wednesday -the second day – the cars which had won a prize in the competition were drawn up. In the competition there were numerous classes and the following cars were the winners:

50s Race Cars – 225 S Vignale Spider s/n 0172ET
50s GT Cars – 212 Inter Chia Coupé s/n 0225 EL
60s Race Cars – 250 GT SWB Berlinetta s/n 1887 GT
60s GT Cars – 275 GTB s/n 6741
70s Race Cars – 512 M s/n 1018
70s GT Cars – 265 GT4/BB s/n 19225
Best 2+2 – 365 GT 2+2 s/n 11541
80s Race Cars – 512 BB/LM s/n 33647
70s Monoposto – 312 T F1 s/n 038
80s Monoposto – 126 C2 F1 s/n 061

Ferrari Spirit Award – Ferrari Transporter
Jury Spirit of Race Award – Maserati 150/200 s/n 1657

The organization here was not up to much, because – after expressly being asked to put the cars on the grid (with the nose towards the Sun, so that no “backlight problems” would arise) – it took 20 minutes and the cars were still standing facing the wrong way! So much for the “Deutsche grundlichkeit…” – “German thoroughness…”. That there’s a bit of chaos at the prize giving is to be expected because all the spectators aren’t listening and the winners are chatting to one another…

After the presentations the Formula 1 of the boss himself fired up and Uwe Meissner did some laps. However, this was not without problems, and while repairs were made we heard that the car would be on a European circuit for the last time because it would disappears to the States. Too bad that more and more Italian heritage is sold to owners outside Europe. Besides the refusal to let the photographers walk along the guardrail of the circuit, there wasn’t that much to note about the organization, though there are always people who vent their negative opinions at Facebook or whatever and this great initiative doesn’t deserve that… shame on them!

© 2015 ‘nJoy Media – Henk J. Brouwer

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