An important part of the Autodrome’s historical and architectural heritage that we intend to restore and recover are the pit boxes, which date from 1923. What makes them so special is that they are in almost perfect original condition, making them a unique piece of global motor racing history.
At that time, almost 100 years ago, there were two specific spaces for the hectic work of keeping the cars moving. The most fast-paced activity took place in front of the stands, where there was a simple barrier with a large window for track service, refuelling, repairs, spark plug changes, carburettor adjustments and tyre changes. This area has since disappeared but was situated roughly where the weighing scale exists today.
The second place was the pit boxes, which are still standing today next to the track service area. This area was designed for longer work or as a simple garage for the race cars, regular attendees or important fans.
These two images show us just what this historical place was like. The two pit buildings are identical and an exact copy of those that exist at Monza. Only one is in its original state – the one on the north side.
The photograph below was taken during the official training sessions for the Autodrome’s inauguration. Here, we can see the pit boxes being built (which also happened in record time) and that there was already a lot of activity on the track.