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Romania marks, at the Sanremo Rally, the 90th anniversary of the victory of the first champion of the competition* A street of the famous Italian city will be named after Ernest Urdareanu

Retromobil Club Romania announced that Romanian crews will also be present at the famous Sanremo Rally. Moreover, the trip to Italy is planned to be like an arc over time, in the context in which their presence aims to mark the 90th anniversary of the victory at the Sanremo Rally of the Romanian pilot Ernest Urdareanu, the first champion of the competition, on which occasion a street of the Italian city will be named after him.

From April 11 to 14, 2018, a new edition of the Sanremo Rally is taking place in Italy. As announced by Retromobil Club Romania on its Facebook page, three Romanian crews will participate in this competition. They will represent the colors of the country and the club and will mark, through an arc over time, the 90th anniversary of the victory of the Romanian pilot wining the first competition organized in the Italian city. The first edition of the Sanremo Rally, organized in 1928, was won by the Romanian pilot Ernest Urdareanu, who drove a Fiat 520.

To celebrate this victory, 90 years after this event, three Romanian crews will participate in this competition with vintage cars; two of them are from Constanta and one is from Bucharest. The official start of the trip took place before Easter, on April 6, from Constanta, the city from where two of the crews come, one of them driving a vintage car similar to the one with which Ernest Urdareanu won the first edition of the Sanremo Rally. Specifically, the team consisting of pilot Gabriel Balan and co-pilot Costel Racu will drive a Fiat 520, built in 1928 and restored last year, while the team consisting of pilot Cristian Antoniewicz and co-pilot Toma Paul will drive a Mercedes 170. The team from Bucharest consisting of George Danciu and Razvan Badulescu, who will drive a Dodge DG8 since 1931, accompanied the teams mentioned above.

The start to the destination – Italy – was given from the front of the Parliament building. As announced, the crews will arrive to Sanremo on April 13, the day on which it was announced that the Italian authorities will name a street of the city after the Romanian Ernest Urdareanu, in order to mark the 90th anniversary of the victory of the first pilot who won the competition, namely the Romanian pilot. Naming a street of Sanremo “Ernest Urdareanu” during the organization the 2018 edition of the rally is more than justified, given that in 1929, one year after winning the first trophy, Urdareanu ranked the second also driving a Fiat. Ernest Urdareanu was one of the closest collaborators of King Carol II. Like the sovereign, he was passionate about cars, being one of the few Romanians who performed during the interwar period in the field of the motor cars.

The Sanremo Rally is one of the most famous asphalt rallies in the world. As announced by the organizers, the competition also includes a race of historic machines, in which the Romanian teams will also participate.

The historic rally will take place on April 13 and 14, 2018, and according to the already announced schedule, the routes have been already established: on April 13, the departure will be from P.zza Colombo – Sanremo (section 1), around noon, and the arrival (section 2) at 21.00, P.zza Borea d’Olmo – Sanremo. On April 14, the departure (section 3) from P.zza Borea d’Olmo – Sanremo, in the morning, and the (final) arrival will be in the evening, at the P.zza Colombo – Sanremo.


Photos source: Facebook Retromobil


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