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AYRTON SENNA TRIBUTE 1994 – 2014 1-4 May 2014 at the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola, the commemoration of fans and all those involved in the Motorsport, dedicated to Ayrton Senna and Roland Ratzenberger
Milan, 25th February 2014 –For months now,speculation has been appearing about the Imola date, bringing together those who hold Senna’s memory dear, calling them to assemble in May at the place that saw some of Ayrton’s finest victories and a record number of pole positions. And where these drivers met their fate twenty years ago this year. To these fans Imola Racetrack will open its gates from 1st to 4th May, so that everyone can join together in the same place, and in our thoughts, with Ayrton and with Roland, remembering that tragic race weekend.
The circuit at Imola offers itself as a track for your memories and emotions, enabling us to testify to a great joy and passion for racing and for sport and to commemorate how this sacrifice led to decisive technical changes in the level of safety in Formula 1.Over four days the Imola circuit will welcome everyone wishing to pay homage to an unforgettable Brazilian driver. Paddock, pits and circuit will be open to all who want to admire vehicles of the period, view the exhibitions of memorabilia and photos, hear the stories of contemporaries, discover published and some unpublished film footage, take part in discussions with Ayrton’s friends, colleagues,with journalists, artists and figures from that era, alongside past and present-day personalities from Formula 1 linked to each other by their personal involvement in Ayrton’s life and times.
At a time – sadly – of some estrangement between Formula 1 and the public at large, Imola offers a chance for everyone to discover this beautiful racetrack in the Santerno Valley. Drive around it by car,by motorbike, by kart, with friends and family, in a supercar, or – if you prefer – on a bicycle, jogging or walking. Everybody, if and as they wish, can go around Ayrton’s circuit, united in having Ayrton and Roland in our hearts.Imola will provide the natural backdrop for the occasion: rich in meaning for the history of Motorsport and hosting for the event Formula 1 teams, prestigious car manufacturers and top-level racing teams.
These will be joined by supporter’s clubs, journalists, collectors, artists and writers, all bringing their own tribute, bearing witness with their own beloved cars, their jewels, their own expressions of ingenuity, technology and talent. But thanks go above all to those who took part and who still take part in racing’s memorable challenges: the drivers and engineers of yesterday and of today who will be with us at Imola to mark how, ever since that day, safety has remained our watchword.Closely associated with this event since its inception, the Ayrton Senna Institute is a major Brazilian organization, founded by Ayrton in 1994, that takes care of the education of differently able children.The foundation is chaired today by Ayrton’s sister Viviane; having granted its patronage to our event, a part of each day’s proceeds will go towards the Institute’s charitable works.
Ayrton Senna Exhibition – Checco Costa Museum, Imola Motor Racing Circuit
Put on especially during the event days, a remarkable exhibition at Checco Costa Museum will be telling of Ayrton Senna’s life and sporting successes. The exhibition contains unique items from private collections which are now being shown to the public in their entirety for the first time. It comprises go-karts, bikes, Formula racing cars (Toleman, Lotus, Williams F1) and many memorabilia of the Brazilian racing driver who won so many hearts among motorsport fans the world over.
The Paddock at Imola Racing Circuit will be the beating heart of the”Ayrton Senna Tribute 1994-2014”. Usually reserved for team pass holders, it will be transformed into a great arena containing driving simulators and attractions such as a chance to take part in pitstop competitions, use a radio-controlled model car track, electric karts and F1 pedal cars for children. On display inside the pits will be exhibitions of photographs, artistic and unique objects from the story of Senna, along with cars and motorcycles, historical and presentday exhibits, street-legal and racing cars, brought together in homage to Ayrton by Formula 1 teams, leading car makers and private collectors. Most interesting, you will be able to meet many racing drivers, some who have contributed to the history of motor sport and others who are its stars today, all of them eager to be present at this event in Imola: living proof that our passion for challenge lives on. Knowing Ayrton, he would appreciate it.
Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola
Ayrton Senna – Roland Ratzenberger Tribute 1994 / 2014 Imola, 1 – 4 May 2014, Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari
Twenty years have passed since that long, sad weekend in Imola.Since that race that you never completed. Since that day, we never stopped talking about you, when someone gets to your results, or when someone exceeds them (what if you were here, though?),about your last minute pole positions, the perfectly balanced overtakes, your obsessive precision, your sad smiles and the projects for your Foundation. All of this is still in our thoughts. What about a get together in Imola on the first weekend of May with your cars, your friends and your dreams?
Ezio Zermiani – Curator of the Ayrton Senna Tribute 1994 / 2014
Fragile, as a hero
Formula 1 nowadays is undoubtedly full of weaknesses, but we can’t deny its vocation to challenge itself. After the 2013 season, when the highest expression of automotive technique had dangerously identified itself with the costliest car in history, the 2014 season sees a completely different change of route. A real revolution. Having said that, there couldn’t be a better moment to commemorate Ayrton Senna, 20 years later after his departure. If Formula One is still capable of revolution, it is because of him. Twenty years ago, only the sacrifice of the best could have given a start to a discussion about safety. His death did not leave room to those alibis that surrounded the sacrifice of Roland Ratzenberger, only 24 hours earlier.
It’s pure passion, Ayrton Senna’s, because the pursue of speed starts like an emotion but soon turns into an extremely cold attitude which makes any other target disappear. There is no room for those defences that can rescue us from death, except to postpone the encounter with the demon, or maybe the angel, of speed. Senna reminded us something: speed is the reign of fragile humans. And God knows if he was one of them. The speed wants to be touched by sweet men, not by Superman. Senna wasn’t Superman, he had weaknesses just like all of us, which he turned into courage and passion. Until the sacrifice. Today, we are not commemorating Ayrton Senna so to look back, but to look ahead.
Mauro Coppini – Director, F1Passion.it