Maybe in a bar in a small village on the outskirts of Perugia, in the early 70, while discussing doggedly racing and engines, to a group of friends came to mind to create his own personal race track to give free rein to his passion.
It was more or less the spring of 1972 when the nucleus of the Scuderia Carpine formed by Lorenzo Rondini, Giulio Capolsini, Umberto Mannocci, Paul Spinach, Gianni Moretti, Francesco Terradura Tarpan and Joseph decided to move from words to deeds by initiating the creation of a small circuit on land owned by one of the partners in the valley of Bacanella, a village on the plain a few kilometers from the town.
The track of Magione was inaugurated in the spring of 1973 and the first race that year began a tradition that would become an anchor of Italian motor sport for at least two decades: la Pasqua del Pilota (the Easter Pilot).
The track of Magione, which was once one of the smallest of Italy with a length of 1650 meters, became a facility of national importance and was the scene of major challenges in all championships. Despite the small extension of the runway, the track was still considered very technical and fun.
Magione began with poor facilities for teams and drivers - initially there were only a dozen open pit boxes - but it did have a great grandstand capable of holding up to 3000 spectators on steps that were almost always packed with fans ready to acclaim the stars of the time.
The podium at Magione over the years has been graced with some of the top names in Italian motor sport, such as Michele Alboreto, Enzo Coloni, & Elio De Angelis. The early years of the Magione circuit were particularly intense and full of events not just for cars but also motorcycling.
Motorcycle clubs in the area such as the Spoleto organized major events and brought to Magione the Italian championships. But the bulk of the racing on Circuito dell'Umbria is for the car. Besides the various Italian Championship races held on this track, there are various one make series, hundreds of club competitions, and also special events such as Autostoriche Cup Italy or the Tour of Italy who were on stage circuit Trasimeno for testing special speed.
Until 1979 the facility was run by Scuderia Carpine who had entrusted the direction to Walter Berardi, a man who many consider the "father" of the modern era of Circuito dell'Umbria. But rising management costs combined with the low operating revenue put the track into serious difficulties, and Scuderia Carpine sold the land in the late 1970s.
Immediately racing drivers were afraid of seeing the track disappear; in fact the area was developing, and several developers showed interest in the land. Dell'Autodromo came to the rescue, a group of local institutions headed by the Automobile Club of Perugia, at the time chaired by Eng.
Massimo Mazzi took over the entire structure and gave it strong continuity. In the group of new buyers was also Automobile Club of Terni, the municipality of Magione and the Provincial Administration of Perugia and with their involvement gave a concrete sign of support by the local authorities for not just the tracks survival, but also for development.
With the new management of ACI the Autodromo di Magione Umbria was renamed and dedicated to the memory of one of the greatest Italian pilots of the past, the ternano Mario Umberto Borzacchini. The Autodromo has experienced the greatest development in the last decade through a series of interventions that have made the track and structures not only safer but also appropriate to host a larger number of spectators and races of national importance and international.
The most important step, however, concerns the extension of the track, which in the mid-90s was stretched from the original 1650 to the current 2507 meters. At the same time, a new and larger paddock, twenty new pit-boxes and building services were created including the race directors box, the press centre and timing booths.
The Borzacchini today is constantly evolving with the times. Its geographical location, right in the middle of the peninsula, makes it easily accessible from every part of Italy and for this reason, the structure is shared by several driving schools for cars and motorcycles in Italy and abroad, for Private events or presentations of various kinds and anything related to the world of two and four wheels.
To list all the characters of motorsport that raced at Magione is practically impossible. Famous names on this track they were still so many and not just because of the races but also for their presence on one of the schools piloting the world's most famous: that of Henry Morrogh. The Irish trainer has established his school at Magione in the late 70s to find a structure ideal for sporty driving courses which were attended by virtually all pilots currently in operation.
Among the famous names include Jacques Villeneuve who, in addition to participate in courses Morrogh, he ran several times in Magione at the time of its appearance in the Italian Formula 3. In the thirty years of its existence Magione has found its place in the heart of those who live close by, the little Umbrian track keeping alive the memories of the challenges of the early years where a large audience excited and ignites the Fiat Unforgettable Days, or for the Talbot Samba trophy, or even for the most recent Superturismo that in the golden years of Patrese and Nannini saw the stands filled to capacity.
Magione has always had a strong propensity for diversification of racing, and in addition to cars and motorcycles, karting played an important part in the circuits history. At the end of the 80s some variations ot the track were built (and are still present) the use of which has made it possible to shorten the length of the circuit make it suitable to karting which reached its peak with the dispute of the European and world championships.
While still slowed by variants of the Magione track, it was deemed too fast for the kart and so having hosted major international events, it was decided to close the path to karting but reserving the construction of a runway suitable for this discipline in the 'implantation, the project still has not been achieved but which remains one of the priorities of management.
Magione today is one of the most frequented by Italian teams and drivers especially for testing and test development of cars and motorcycles. The sport is still the most important element of this structure in the current season has hosted the Italian championships speed endurance races including the Fun Cup of ETCS and Peroni Promotion.
In 2003 an initiative called the Alpha 33 Trophy Club was born, with the specific intention of creating a championship with low running costs and by promoting the influx of young drivers who had been disappearing from the sport due to the typically high costs. The success of the trophy was almost immediate thanks to a formula that includes two races in the same day and slowly teams have been enriched by new characters including international soccer star Fabrizio Ravanelli who is passionate about racing and engines.
Another big event for the circuit is the Umbro Days Motor Show. It's a big outdoor display of cars, motorcycles and vehicles, with exhibitions of racing cars, speed racing motorcycle, supermotard races, performances by jeep off road in the area adjacent to the paddock, and even entertainment with music and dancing until late at night.
Among the many popular racing events are "classics", particularly worth a mention is the Two Hours Autostoriche, which runs every year in December.
Time Zone : (GMT +1:00 hour) Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris
Major Events : Italian Championships Cars & Bikes
Circuit Length : 2.507km
Turns : 11
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