'Coppa Di Sicilia': A Journey Through Time

Today motor racing is measured to the millimeter. And it is that, although the last word always responds to intuitive actions of pilots or engineers ... The truth is that everything is planned down to the last detail thanks to a hypertechnical methodology. Almost a century ago that was not the case; the old careers responded more to the heroic desire dictated by the emotions than to the one as cold as mathematical calculator.

Solitary gentlemen who made the leap from the British Isles to the Continent to demonstrate the benefits of its mechanics, tricky pilots who wish you luck after fixing the race by bribing a shepherd, apprentice alchemists trying on their own palate a new mixture of prodigious oils to his engine and… A calm and professional Italian rider.

Characters all of a visual tale in which relive all the rough and tumble from the seminal motor racing. A production that, in just 15 minutes, manages to convey the dust, speed, risk and folklore of a time when the engine was still a feat for pioneers. All this to honor Enzo Ferrari

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As Italian as personal, the director Paolo Sorrentino He expressed - perhaps without realizing it - what the world of cinema is like in his recent film La Gran Belleza. In her an illusionist makes a giraffe disappear in a moment of distraction from the sad protagonist; to his surprise, the person responsible for this magic replies with an affordable "It's just a trick".

And it is that, after all, the cinema is just a trick. A complex trick with which to create or recreate stories as long as the camera and the script are in harmony; in the case of short film Coppa di Sicilia They do it, building a story that takes us back to the old careers of the 20s, recreating their atmosphere with a meticulousness that no purist follower of these old feats would miss.

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All this commissioned by Ferrari itself, which is showing the film in places like its amusement park in Abu Dhabi - read Gibbon's classic History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire in a new context - to the greater glory of a founder who, before creating street versions inspired by racing models, drove for Alfa Romeo for years.

Of course, he never did it in any Coppa di Sicilia. Never Why…

This is part of the trick, since the plot places in this fictitious competition what actually inspired by races like the Targa Florio, which celebrates its 2018th anniversary in 112, rolling on Sicilian roads.


Along with the plot in which there is no lack of picaresque, risk and girls… Coppa di Sicilia has an obvious appeal for La Escudería readers. We are obviously talking about cars, true protagonists for the camera - and the microphone - perfectly portrayed thanks to some images and post-production signed by #UPP Films, the same Czech house co-responsible for the magnificent photography in Blade Runner 2049.

Recreating the division by countries so typical of the time, we have a sports car in English green piloted by a whole “gentelman”Who continues to smoke his pipe with all normality despite the apocalypse being organized around him, a brand new Mercedes white a FIAT red with a huge calender and… The two main protagonists of the film: the Bugatti Type 35 blue of the malicious French rogue along with the Alfa Romeo RL of the serene Enzo Ferrari, painted in a darker red than the one that has been signature of the house in Maranello.

An Enzo Ferrari played by the film stuntman Angelo ragusa - passed away on March 14 - and with whom he shares both the good handling of a car and his characteristic nose. The central character of a visual spectacle to celebrate the man who launched himself into making street cars with the sole purpose of being able to finance what really excited him: racing.

What do you think?

Miguel Sánchez

Written by Miguel Sánchez

Through the news from La Escudería, we will travel the winding roads of Maranello listening to the roar of the Italian V12; We will travel Route66 in search of the power of the great American engines; we will get lost in the narrow English lanes tracking the elegance of their sports cars; We will speed up the braking in the curves of the Monte Carlo Rally and we will even get dusty in a garage while rescuing lost jewels.


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