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Scarf 500 Miglia di Monza #9445Price By Request
Fabric: 100% Silk
Size: Approximately 26" x 27"
Condition: Vintage pre-owned. This 1950's scarf is made of striped silk, almost completely sheer. The material is VERY fragile, but in remarkably good condition other than a few very minor stains. Please see all the scans for a sense of the sheerness of the scarf and condition.
Description: An extraordinary scarf produced for the 500 Miglia di Monza race, with racing car images of the period and drivers' names along all four sides. Please click on the photo for a close-up. The Race of Two Worlds, known as the 500 Miglia di Monza (500 Miles of Monza), was a race held at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Italy in 1957 and again in 1958. It was intended as an exhibition event, for American teams from the United States Auto Club (USAC) to compete directly against teams from Formula One in Europe. The two types of cars competed on the banked oval at Monza which had been completed in 1955. Due to the similarity to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where the USAC teams ran the Indianapolis 500, the event earned the nickname Monzanapolis. American teams won the event in both the years in which it was run. Jimmy Bryan won the 1957 event, while Jim Rathmann swept the 1958 race. Although some Formula One teams did participate and even build special cars specifically for the event, several withdrew over safety concerns. Continued concern over the speeds and the costs led to the race being canceled after 1958.