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BOLOGNA (1908÷1913)
Not to be confused with Bologna, Autodromo - Bologna, Giardini Margherita - Bologna, Motor Show - Bologna, Zappoli - Borgo Panigale (Ducati) - Borgo Panigale, Pista Azzurra
Description Bologna circuit was used at least in 1908 (Coppa Florio), 1909, 1913 and probably 1911. I think that 1908, 1911 and 1913 circuits are quite the same, while 1909 (not on the map) one was shorter. The only sure infos are about 1908 circuit: start was in Borgo Panigale (a little village just outside Bologna, now there are airport and an important motorway junction) and it ran on via Emilia to Castelfranco Emilia. Then it went to Sant’Agata Bolognese (future home of Lamborghini) and San Giovanni in Persiceto and than back to Borgo Panigale.
Coppa Florio 1908 was the first race ever seen by Enzo Ferrari; he was only 10.
Straight from Modena to Navicello (in green on the map) was used in 1909 for a mile race and it has nothing to do with 1909 Bologna circuit.
Location Bologna
BO - Bologna - Emilia Romagna
Location  
Latitude - Longitude (approx) + 44°30'00"     + 11°21'00"     (approx)
44.5     11.35     (approx)
UTM Coordinates (approx) X = 686820.705  -  Y = 4930095.301  -  Zone 32T     (approx)
Aerial photo / Map (*) Aerial photo / Map (*) Google Maps  -   Aerial photo / Map (*) Bing Maps  -   Aerial photo / Map (*) Flash Earth  -   Aerial photo / Map (*) Portale Cartografico Nazionale  -   Aerial photo / Map (*) Visual Pagine Gialle
Altitude AMSL (approx) 50 m - 164 ft    (approx)
Inauguration September 6th 1908
Closing  
Designer  
Sources and links (Translation) (**)
(1) Italian archivio di Andrea
(2) Italian Piloti Che Gente... Author: Enzo Ferrari
(3) Italian Atlante delle Strade d’Italia, Automobil Club di Milano, Terza Edizione Published by: Automobil Club di Milano - Published in: Milano - year: 1930
(4) Italian mail, note Postcards that shows track layout of 1908 Coppa Florio
(5) English members.fortunecity.com/quintin_cloud/18941925/1908cf.htmThe Formula One Homepage of Grand Prix Results and History
(6) English members.fortunecity.com/quintin_cloud/18941925/1909gpdv.htmThe Formula One Homepage of Grand Prix Results and History
(7) English members.fortunecity.com/quintin_cloud/18941925/1913cdv.htmThe Formula One Homepage of Grand Prix Results and History
(8) Italian Autosprint 24/1979 (page 54)Coppa Florio 1908 circuit
(9) Italian La Stampa 247/1908 (page 3) [Publishing date: September 5th 1908]

(*) NOTE: a complete and detailed view of the circuit can be found (if available) on Street View by Google Maps and/or Bird's Eye and 3D views by Bing Maps for Enterprise (former Microsoft Virtual Earth): both can be reached using their own link in Aerial photo / Map cell.

(**) For on-line not-English speaking sources, click on each small flag and you open the corresponding Google Translator page with automatic translation.

Coppa Florio - Circuito di Bologna
Description The image shown in this page is a postcard, here published with kind consent of the owner, Andrea Romani.
Start/finish line was about 1 km - 0.62 mi before the section between San Giovanni straight and Via Emilia (main road between Bologna and Modena). Bologna-Piacenza railway was overcome with an underpass after Castelfranco. The circuit went around the village of San Giovanni in Persiceto using the ring road.
Years 1908
Direction Clockwise   Clockwise
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Road course
Inauguration September 6th 1908
Closing September 7th 1908
Last update of this page April 27th 2021
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 52.821  km    32.823  mi Total (5)
length 52.811  km    32.816  mi Total (1)
length 53  km    32.934  mi Total (4)
length 52.822  km    32.823  mi Total (9)
length 9500  m 31168  ft 5.903  mi North Section (4)
length 9000  m 29528  ft 5.592  mi West Section (4)
length 19700  m 64633  ft 12.241  mi South Section (4)
length 14800  m 48556  ft 9.197  mi East Section (4)

Bologna (1908÷1913)
Description  
Years 1909
Direction  
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Road course
Inauguration 1909
Closing 1909
Last update of this page August 8th 2003
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 37.873  km    23.534  mi   (6)
length 37.866  km    23.529  mi   (1)

(Borgo Panigale?)
Description  
Years 1911
Direction  
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit  
Motorbike circuit  
Type Road course
Inauguration 1911
Closing 1911
Last update of this page April 4th 2006
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 51.938  km    32.274  mi   (1)

Bologna (1908÷1913)
Description  
Years 1913
Direction  
Progetto Proposal NO
No longer operational YES
Car Circuit YES
Motorbike circuit  
Type Road course
Inauguration 1913
Closing 1913
Last update of this page August 8th 2003
Info last update  
Designer  
Distinctive points  
length 51.983  km    32.302  mi   (7)

Blue: Coppa Florio 1908. Green: Navicello

Blue: Coppa Florio 1908. Green: Navicello

Blue: Coppa Florio 1908. Green: Navicello



PHOTOS

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Photos by Guido de Carli - August 11th 2003
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This only picture shows countryside near Bologna around Strada Statale Persicetana (Persicetana National Road), that link San Giovanni in Persiceto and Bologna   


Updates
Date Track layout Years Description by Map by Thanks to Note
April 27th 2021 Coppa Florio - Circuito di Bologna 1908 Guido de Carli     Update Description
March 29th 2013 Coppa Florio - Circuito di Bologna 1908 Guido de Carli   Andrea Romani Update Description with map
August 31st 2003     Guido de Carli Guido de Carli   New Description with map
August 31st 2003     Guido de Carli Guido de Carli   New Photos (on this site)
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