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Media : MSA Euroclassic
UNIVERSAL PRAISE FOR 2011 MSA EUROCLASSIC
26 September 2011, 9:57 am
By International Motor Sports Ltd
The historic Piazza del Campo in central Siena is famous for its medieval horse race - the Palio - but the 2011 MSA Euroclassic provided visitors with a different kind of horsepower to savour.
This month's MSA Euroclassic has been hailed as one of the best ever both by participants and the event organiser International Motor Sports Limited.
This year's eight-day non-competitive route started in the spa town of Contrexéville in western France and then headed through some of Europe's most spectacular scenery - the Black Forest in Germany, the Swiss Alps and the Italian Lakes - before heading south as far as the 'Eternal City' of Rome. The expertly-organised journey then turned north through the rolling hills of Tuscany for the finish in the historic town of Parma renowned for its hams and cheeses.
The spectacular 1425-mile road trip featured overnight halts and sight seeing stop-offs at many of Europe's most desirable and celebrated tourist destinations. As well as visits to Brescia, Bologna, Livorno, Perugia, Pisa, San Marino, Siena, St Moritz, Venice and Verona there was plenty of action for driving enthusiasts too, with exclusive track time at no fewer than four different circuits. On top of this time was found for visits to two of the continent's most revered motor museums: the illustrious Mille Miglia Museum and the official Museo Ferrari.
While the organisers opened up a few places to more contemporary classic cars, the vast majority of those taking part were driving cars that conformed to the MSA Euroclassic's traditional criteria of being more than 20 years old. Predictably all the great legendary British and Italian sportscar marques were well represented with a wide range of Aston Martin, Austin Healey, Bentley, Ferrari, Jaguar, Lamborghini, Lotus and MG models wowing the crowds along the way.
"The MSA Euroclassic is widely hailed as the premier continental tour of its genre and, as predicted, this year's journey through the supercar heartlands and historic cities of northern Italy was one of the most special yet," reported Andrew Coe, Chief Executive of International Motor Sports Limited. "It will be a hard act to follow but next year marks the event's 20th anniversary so we are already well advanced with our planning. Full details will be revealed later but the outline route will start in Spain and end in glittering Principality of Monte Carlo, the perfect place for us to celebrate 20 superb years of the MSA Euroclassic."
2011 marked the 19th incarnation of the MSA Euroclassic - a non-competitive, scenic tour for past and present classic cars as well as modern classics across Europe incorporating visits to museums, race circuits and other motoring and tourist related locations en route. First staged nearly 20 years ago, the event is one of the established annual European classic car highlights and is organised by International Motor Sports Limited. IMS is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Royal Automobile Club Motor Sports Association Ltd (MSA), the governing body of motor sport in the UK. Additionally, IMS is the organisation behind the Formula 1 British Grand Prix, Wales Rally GB and the RACMSA Rally of Scotland.
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