The International Motorboat Competition and the Pavia-Venice Raid

Here is a wonderful series of illustrated posters depicting two historical Italian competitions that take place between rivers and the open sea: the International Motorboat Competition in Venice and the Pavia-Venice Raid, both founded in 1929.

The International Motorboat Competition was first held in the waters of the Venice Lido on September 9th to 15th, but the Pavia-Venice Raid came first: its first edition was on June 6th.

The Raid – invented by Neapolitan engineer Vincenzo Balsamo – is the longest motorboat race in the world, running 414 kilometers down rivers Ticino and Po to the lagoon, passing through Chioggia.

Some of the posters we are showcasing below were designed by important illustrators such as Giuseppe Riccobaldi, Plinio Codognato, Franz Lenhart, Alfredo Cavadini, Franco Codognato, and Filippo Romoli.

Concorso motonautico internazionale di Venezia - Venice International Motorboat Competition

Franz Lenhart, 1930

Concorso motonautico internazionale di Venezia - Venice International Motorboat Competition

Giuseppe Riccobaldi, 1931

Concorso motonautico internazionale di Venezia - Venice International Motorboat Competition

Alfredo Cavadini, 1932

Concorso motonautico internazionale di Venezia - Venice International Motorboat Competition

Giorgio Viola, 1933

Concorso motonautico internazionale di Venezia - Venice International Motorboat Competition

1934

Concorso motonautico internazionale di Venezia - Venice International Motorboat Competition

1935

Raid Pavia-Venezia - Pavia-Venice Raid

1936

Concorso motonautico internazionale di Venezia - Venice International Motorboat Competition

1939

Raid Pavia-Venezia - Pavia-Venice Raid

Franco Codognato, 1954

Concorso motonautico internazionale di Venezia - Venice International Motorboat Competition

Franco Codognato, 1957

Raid Pavia-Venezia - Pavia-Venice Raid

Filippo Romoli, 1958

Concorso motonautico internazionale di Venezia - Venice International Motorboat Competition

Franco Codognato, 1968

Concorso motonautico internazionale di Venezia - Venice International Motorboat Competition

Franco Codognato, 1968, particolare

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