Another date has been added to the packed schedule of historic car events for Eberhard & Co., which after achieving extraordinary results at the most recent edition of the Nuvolari Grand Prix – the race with the richest history of the many competitions dedicated to the cars of yesterday supported by the brand – will be making its debut next weekend for the first time as sponsor and official timekeeper for Rallylegend, the adrenaline-steeped automotive event par excellence featuring historic rally cars.
Legendary cars and celebrated drivers will be returning to the track from 10 to 13 October in San Marino for the most eagerly awaited rally event of the year, featuring a stellar cast in a show not to be missed. Of the 150 crews participating, as many as 120 will be taking part in the competitions, including the Historic, Myth and WRC competitions (only the Stars will not require time measurements). Over 50 crews will be arriving from beyond the borders of San Marino and Italy, with approximately 20 nations represented, for three days of toptier rally racing involving the vehicles that have shaped the sport's history and countless enthusiasts who will breathe life into the highly anticipated event to be held in San Marino.
The Swiss watchmaker has strong, longstanding ties to the thrilling world of speed and challenges with a retro flavour that date back to 1991, when Eberhard & Co. dedicated a special collection of chronographs to one of the greatest drivers of all time, Tazio Nuvolari, and became a sponsor of the event dedicated to him. Since then the brand has taken part in many of the most important events in the historic car racing scene at a national and international level that fully reflect the brand's style, elegance, refinement and attention to detail.
“Our relationship with the historic car world continues and grows stronger thanks to this new event, which has by now become an essential attraction for enthusiasts,” explained Mario Peserico, CEO of Eberhard Italia. “We are honoured to be able to mark time and reward some of the most illustrious representatives of this world with our watches.”
Indeed, the greatest champions in the world will be coming together at this eleventh edition, starting with Miki Biasion, the Italian driver and two-time rally world champion who will be racing in a Delta Integrale, the vehicle with which he won his past two titles. The race will also involve the participation of high-profile Italian champions, with the aim of highlighting the achievements of Italy's star drivers and bearing witness to a desire to set mighty Italy back on track at a time when it is absent from the top spots in the World Rally Championship rankings. In addition to Biasion, other natural-born champions will be participating, including Sandro Munari (Lancia Stratos), Gianfranco Cunico (Ford Escort WRC), “Lucky” Battistolli (Ferrari 308 Gtb) and Gigi Galli, the last Italian driver to participate in the Rally World Championships (he will be among the Stars, driving a Ford Focus WRC) – not to forget “Pedro” and Enrico Brazzoli, two of the fastest drivers in the European and Italian Historic Car Championships. In addition, two consistently spectacular drivers, Gabriele Noberasco and Federico Ormezzano, will also be returning to Rallylegend.
For Rallylegend, Eberhard & Co. will customize the Lancia Delta driven during the race by Gabriele Noberasco, a great rally racer and friend of the brand. On race days, the driver and vehicle will display a highperformance model from the Chrono 4 Géant collection, the Chrono 4 Géant Full Injection, an iconic watch featuring a perfect blend of strong, appealing aesthetic touches and cutting-edge technical processes.
The top Italian ace drivers will be accompanied by already well-established super-champions Carlos Sainz, eagerly awaited safety-car driver Didier Auriol, Gustavo Trelles and Jimmy Mc Rae, as well as the Finnish Markku Alen with Ilkka Kivimaki, Harri Toivonen, the German Harald Demuth and Fabrizia Pons, for an all-around stellar cast. Foremost among the participating vehicles is the timeless Lancia Delta, with over 25 models taking part, including some outstanding specimens, as well as an impressive ten Lancia 037s, six Audio Quattros in various versions and iterations, some of which will be coming from the German group's museum, and several VW Golfs. Other vehicles will include a Fiat 131 Abarth, various models of Porsches and a Ford Escort, along with Opels, BMWs, Toyotas and Subarus. Also in attendance will be a Lancia Stratos, three Delta S4s and the ever-captivating Ferrari 308 Gtb. Worthy of mention is the presence of the full complement of “B Group” cars responsible for shaping rally history.
Eberhard & Co. will reward the pair who places first in the rankings with two timepieces from the Champion collection and will bestow two models from the Traversetolo collection as a special prize on two of the discipline's great champions.
Our engines are already running as we await the chequered flag!
Eberhard & Co., a watchmaker specialized in manufacturing high-tech watches, was founded in 1887 in Chaux-de- Fonds, in the Swiss Canton of Jura. In 2012 Eberhard & Co. celebrated 125 years of history, confirming its natural inclination towards evolution and growth, while also maintaining its personality and strong independent spirit, without abandoning its strong ties to its roots and tradition. Eberhard & Co. manufactures approximately 15,000 pieces per year, with the aim of achieving balanced, yet constant growth, and is present in approximately 25 countries, from Europe to the United States, the Far East and the Middle East. Eberhard & Co.'s history is a series of unforgettable creations, from the Chrono 4 to the 8 JOURS, Tazio Nuvolari collection, Extra-fort model – produced as a special, limited edition, commemorating the watchmaker's 125 years of history – and the latest entries: the Chrono 4 Géant Full Injection and Chrono 4 Colors.