Imola and its inhabitants are the perfect example of how the region of Romagna has the sound of motors in its ears. In the post-war period racing fans improvised the first races along the town streets, with much enthusiasm and very little money.
The big change came in 1950 when the dream of a real racetrack was finally realised. On the 21st of April 1963 the Formula 1 Race arrived in Imola, but the race was of minor importance and the Ferrari didn’t participate, but an emerging driver, Jim Clark, won the race with his Lotus. It was in 1970 that it made it's grand entrance into the sports world.
The mayor and the city council entrusted the fortunes of the racetrack to the image and charisma of Enzo Ferrari, who named it after his son Dino, who had died prematurely. Another important date in the history of the racetrack is the 14th of September 1980 when the first Formula 1 Race was held. On the 14th of August 1988 Imola and the Formula 1 mourn the death of a great friend, Enzo Ferrari. As a sign of gratitude, honour and respect, the township renamed the racetrack Enzo and Dino Ferrari.
Today it is considered a medium-fast racetrack and even if it has lost a little of its sensationalism, Imola’s racetrack still remains one of the safest in the world.
IMPORTANT PEOPLE: AYRTON SENNA
Ayrton Senna was born in S. Paolo in Brazil on the 21st of March 1960. His destiny was fixed at the Tamburello Curve at Imola’s Racetrack on 1st May 1994.
His memento as a driver and as a man is still very vivid in the minds of everyone and the monument dedicated to him clearly shows how much he is still in the memory of his fans. The bronze statue shows Senna sitting facing the track, deep in his thoughts as in a monitory warning.