Sunday 13th July 1924
The first Coppa Acerbo was staged and won by a then-unknown junior driver by the name of Enzo Ferrari, later to find fame as the creator of Ferrari and head of the Formula One team Scuderia Ferrari. The race was ran annually until 1961 for the top class of international competition. The only real limiting factor on vehicle specifications being the cars’ ability to transmit power through the inadequate tyres of the day. The race was named after Tito Acerbo, the brother of Giacomo Acerbo, a prominent fascist politician. Following Italy’s defeat in World War II, and the consequent demise of fascism, the race was renamed the Circuito di Pescara.