Established by Gabriele D’Annunzio in 1929 as the Coppa della Velocità Pura and in 1930 renamed by the poet “Coppa dell’Oltranza” in memory of Henry Segrave, an English pilot who had perished on Lake Windermere in 1930 in an attempt to win a world record.
In the spirit of its creator, the race rules were conceived according to the motto: “Higher and Beyond”. Reserved to the inboard race without limitation, in single race, assigned to the driver who in two laps, even not consecutive of the race, achieves the highest speed.
In order to qualify on the measured basis, the speed reached by the winner of the previous year must be at least one mile above the speed reached by the winner of the previous year. Qualification for the first edition of 1931: 65 miles, or 120,445 km/h, not exceeded by any competitor.
By resolution of the F.I.M. sports commission of 21 May 1960, qualification takes place in two stages: in 2 passes at a minimum speed of 157.420 km/h; in race on a circuit of 3 km. for a total of 30 km., assigned to the driver who in two laps, even not consecutive, achieves the highest average, however not less than 120 km/h.
In the following editions in order to obtain the cup, the best driver must have achieved an average speed on 2 laps, even not consecutive, of the circuit, equal to that obtained by the holder multiplied by 1.01.
Since 1996 the dispute of the Coppa dell’Oltranza has been extended also to outboards.
Without limitation. Since 2001, all previous records have been reset to zero and we start again with inboard and outboard.
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