Not many places in the world are home to so much glory and death at the same time. Formula 1 world records, fatal crashes, socialites, rowdy fans, eager photographers, men in tears, and a lot of champagne.
2022 marks the 100 year anniversary of the Autodromo Nazionale Monza, the Monza Circuit, home of the Italian Grand Prix since 1949 (with the exception of the 1980 running) and one of the fastest race tracks there is. Built May to July 1922, the historic Formula 1 course near the city of Monza north of Milan is one of the oldest race tracks in the world being the third circuit after Brooklands and Indianapolis solely built for motor racing.
In 1950, after a troubled early history with lots of fatalities, Monza became host to the newly established Formula 1 World Championship of Drivers. The 1950 Italian Grand Prix was held on September 3, 1950 as race 7 of 7 in the Championship and was won by Italian F1 pilot Giuseppe “Nino” Farina. In 1961, after Wolfgang Count Berghe von Trips’s fatal crash, the famous high-speed banked section of Monza’s oval circuit was never used again and the organizers reverted to a shorter non-banked circuit. However, this did not detract from the fascination of ‘The Temple of Speed.’ In 2003, Michael Schumacher set the record for the highest average speed in a Formula One Grand Prix which still stands today.