Circuit of the Piedmontese Castles
In particular, Agnelli encouraged and gave patronage to the air regularity competition known as the “Tour of the Piedmontese Castles”, renewing a tradition going back to the 1930’s when the “Air Circuit of the Castles of Savoia” was first organised at Mirafiori.
These competitions (see Table 2, Roll of Winners) attained a zenith of prestige which has never been equalled.
Thus, from 1961, the Aeritalia runways saw a series of international sporting competitions such as the “Tour of the Piedmontese Castles” for powered aircraft and the “City of Turin Trophy” for sailplanes. These events boosted the traditionally high reputation of Turin for air sports to the zenith of the Italian aviation world, and was something to which Agnelli’s presidency gave particular emphasis.