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Editorial | Milamondo: the craziest kart race in history!

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Milamondo The craziest kart race in history!

13 February 2022

1987: a super Milan that seems to set no limits transforms the Fair into an unlikely track for karting. The event was attended by stars, models and… The most successful F1 drivers of the time: Niki Lauda, Alain Prost, Nelson Piquet and Keke Rosberg. Who competed on karts, in a race, a perfect mix of myth and madness, so unique that… It will never be repeated!

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Imagine having Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen in the centre of Milan. To take part in a kart race. On a track marked out with straw bales wrapped in cellophane. Impossible, right? Even unimaginable, if not in a dream. Yet, you just have to take a leap into the past, a leap of "just" 35 years, to experience a very similar reality. It is 1987 and at the Milan Fair, from 5 to 13 December, the “Milamondo” review was staged. It was a new exhibition, combining motor vehicles, music, fashion and entertainment in a series of exhibitions and events. To make everything even more extraordinary were the go-karts, Birel chassis with Komet engines and Vega tyres (companies that rightly took the excellent opportunity for the sport of karting to advertise and show themselves to the eyes of the general public) driven by Formula 1 drivers. Drivers of the caliber of Niki Lauda, Alain Prost, Nelson Piquet and Keke Rosberg. These four gentlemen, together, have achieved nine world titles. One by Rosberg and three by Lauda, who have already finished their career, while the other three are by Piquet, still in business and winner of his last world championship in 1987, and finally two are by Prost, at the height of his career and destined to double his tally with two more titles.

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