Martini's most famous racers and rally cars go on display in Turin

| 20 Nov 2013

A fabulous Martini Racing exhibition featuring a host of awesome competition cars wearing the drinks company's livery has opened in Turin.

Taking place at the Museo dell'Automobile and running until January 2014, the Martini Racing: In Pursuit Of The Myth expo marks 150 years of Martini and 45 years of its involvement in motor sport.

It features more than 15 cars covering all major disciplines of motor sport and ranging from single seaters to rally cars via the legendary sports racers and Touring Cars.

Martini had sponsored cars as early as 1962, but started its active involvement with motor racing in 1968 – it ran a pair of Porsche 907s in 1969 – and famously linked up with the Porsche factory team in 1971. 

Accompanied by video of them in action, some of the star exhibits include the Porsche 917 that gave Martini its first victory at Le Mans, with Helmut Marko and Gijs van Lennep in 1971, plus F1 Brabham and Lotus. 

Martini Racing's first official victory had come at Sebring earlier that year when Vic Elford and Gerard Larrousse won the 12 Hours in a Martini-backed Porsche works entry.

Since then the famous livery most famously graced rally cars including the world-beating Lancias of the 1980s.

The full list of cars on show is Lancia Delta HF, Lancia Delta HF Integrale, Lancia Delta S4, Lancia Beta Montecarlo Turbo, Lancia 037, Lancia LC2, lancia Group 6, Lancia ECV 2, Lotus Ford 80, Alfa Romeo 155, Brabham Ford BT45B, Brabham Alfa BT46, Ford Focus WRC, Porsche 911 RSR, Porsche 918, Porsche 911 GT3.

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