The Sicilian Escapade: Racing in Nicosia

Photo credit: Francesca Riva & Eugenio Li Volsi

On the weekend of 7th and 8th October 2023, the first Gran Premio La Motta took place in Nicosia, an event that brought the Sicilian town back to the times of the great car races of the 1950s.

The Cisitalia that won the Gran Premio La Motta

The event was born from the collaboration of Associazione Veicoli Storici Nicosia with Corrado Lopresto, the famous collector of unique vehicles, from Milan.

Cars all lined up ready for the starters flag

In previous years Lopresto had included Nicosia as a stop in two of his events, remaining linked to this lovely part of Italy.

Alfa Romeos and Fiats and one-offs and specials; everyone who had a racing machine was welcome

In 2023 the Association decided to organize a tribute to the local racing driver Stefano La Motta, and Lopresto got involved without hesitating once: the original trophy named after the pilot in 1952 (one year after his tragic death) even came from Lopresto’s collection of automobilia.

The marching band passes an MGA

The event aimed to bring the spirit of racing from the 1950s back to life, and it did so thanks to not only the participating cars but also to the hundreds of people who lined up the streets of Nicosia, transforming it into a real time-warp moment.

Corrado Lopresto (on right) shaking hands with the organiser of the event

The city circuit, located in the city of 24 Barons and 100 churches, decorated like a mini-Monte Carlo, gave participants the thrill of important events.

At a piazza during a warm and sunny weekend of historic vehicles

Nuns, nurses, carabinieri, farmers, all dressed up with period clothes, in the perfect style of an old Targa Florio.

A brilliant line up of Ferrari, Cisitalia, Alfa Romeo, Mercedes, Maserati and Jaguar

A pretext for a big collective party.

In period costumes the town went into a time-warp mode

The participants and the public were thus able to experience two days totally immersed in the past, returning to the glories of the many races that made Sicily one of the most beautiful in the world of motor racing.

Corrado Lopresto and friends with a Quattroroute banner

The participating cars were all sports cars built between 1947 and 1957: Ferrari, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, as well as various homebuilt one-offs, all true protagonists of racing from those years.

For that final drone shot at the main square of the town of Nicosia


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