Renowned all over the world thanks to the famous motor racing competitions, the “Enzo e Dino Ferrari” international circuit in Imola has been the bearer of sporting, historical, cultural and economic values for the area and the whole country for more than fifty years. Designed by Checco Costa, the first stone was layed in March 1950. Officially inaugurated in 1953, the racetrack hosted the most important international motorsport competitions, starting from the 200 Miglia in 1972 to arrive at the first Formula 1 Grand Prix, in 1979, and at the SBK World Championship, first edition dated 2001. “
The track, which flows in a counterclockwise direction, has a layout for cars and one for motorcycles. For cars, the length is 4.909 meters, for motorbikes the length is 4.936 meters. Over the years, the circuit and the annexed buildings have been redeveloped and modernized. The first in 2006, which saw the construction of the 32-pit pit-building, the 50,000-square-meter paddock and the new Race Direction. The second floor is currently underway and involves the construction of the new press room / convention center and the realization of the multimedia project concerning the Checco Costa Museum, inaugurated on May 1, 2014.
Among the many and qualified competitions hosted:
Since 1981 there have been non-sporting events such as the car, motorcycle and vintage bicycles exchange, organized in the paddock and along the whole circuit by CRAME – Club Romagnolo Auto and Moto d’Epoca, which includes more than 2,000 exhibitors and a presence of around 45,000 people. The Autodromo has also hosted major concerts such as the Hard Rock kermesse from the Sonisphere Festival in 2011, the Heineken Jammin ‘Festival, which in 1998 brought 130,000 fans under the Rivazza hill, and the only Italian date of the 2015 tour of the rock band AC /A.D. The circuit has also turned into a film set for the film “Veloci come il vento”, released in theaters in April 2016.
Enzo e Dino Ferrari Racetrack opens its doors to the public. IF Imola Faenza Tourism Company, in collaboration with Formula Imola, will take tourists and motorsport fans on a tour to the discovery of the sites where the magic happens. Pit lane, pit garages, race control room and the podium…do not miss the panoramic views of the racetrack!
Twenty-five years after that tragic event we retrace the story of a special eternal bond.