Pirelli: The Perfect Race
A Selection Of Images From The Photographic Archive Of The Pirelli Foundation
To Tell A Story Of Speed, Machines, Achievements.
It is the “perfect race”, the primary idea behind the whole history of motor racing, to be tackled on roads open to the public,
with absolutely standard cars and excellent tires, whatever the weather. It was on the other hand already for
the Beijing-Paris of 1907: an Itala of normal production, equipped with tires produced in the Pirelli factory in Milan.
At the wheel for seventeen thousand kilometers the noble Scipione Borghese. Immediately after – in 1908 – it was Giulio Sirtori who
led a Züst through America, in the New York-Paris raid. With Pirelli always present.
The Pirelli Superflex Cord tires from the 1920s and 1930s helped to create the legend of motoring on the road: from the Coppa della Consuma,
to the Targa Florio, from the Mille Miglia to the Alpine passes of the Coppa delle Dolomiti. There was also Pirelli at the
Milan-Sanremo Cup, the most classic of the automotive Granturismo that for years was the ideal catwalk for the most
elegant cars in history. There was then Pirelli, there is also today.