Historic Riva Racing Boats in Monaco

Historic Racing Boats by Riva - passion, heritage and tradition since the 1930s, 13-15 May 2016

3 May 2016 – In 1935, Serafino Riva, father of the great “Ingegnere” Carlo Riva, was commissioned to build the Riva Ronzino, one of only six inboard racers built in the small, though already famous, shipyard in Sarnico.  Ronzino’s first owner, Count Metello Rossi di Montelera, had accumulated many titles and accolades by breaking all the records.  Since then, Serafino, has continued to design and build racers, and has passed this passion on to Carlo.  Nowadays, the racing boats are recognised respectively in the vintage category, from 1935 to the 70s, and the classic category, from 1974 to 1995.  They were exhibited at the last show held at Lake Iseo, where ten racing boats competed in an exciting and fun Classic Riva Racing Day. 

Following this acclaimed success, Lia Riva, granddaughter of Serafino and President of Monaco Boat Service (the Riva exclusive dealership for the French territory) decided to bring a unique aspect of the history and tradition of her family to the Principality of Monaco.  Carlo Riva established the group in Monaco, in 1959, with the creation of the legendary Riva tunnel at Port Hercule.  It is at this historical venue that Lia Riva, together with the Riva shipyard, will present "Historic Racing Boats by Riva," exclusively, during the 10th internationally acclaimed Monaco Historic Grand Prix.  This will be a unique retrospective, dedicated to classic and vintage racing boats, and will be held from 13 to 15 May.

The exhibition will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day and will culminate on 14 May with a cocktail party to launch the Riva Corsa book. 

Held in partnership with Veuve Clicquot, the evening programme will feature Lia Riva and some of the owners and collectors of the rarest racers.  The international press will be present and GPH pilots and a selected list of guests will be invited to pay homage to the shipyard and particularly to Serafino Riva, who was himself a world champion, winning many races.  A screening of original films of 1930s racing boat competitions will add to the evocative atmosphere and the experience.

Lia Riva wanted to pay homage to her grandfather by sharing the timeless elegance and design of these works of art with the Monaco international community, which has always embraced all her initiatives with great enthusiasm, such as the first Artmonte-carlo contemporary art show, at which Monaco Boat Service featured as an official partner, with a world-class collectors' evening at the Riva Tunnel.

The stars of this first Monegasque exhibition will be the nine racing boats selected by the shipyard to represent each category:  Racer, Runabout and outboard race.

These boats are from some of most prestigious private collections of classic racing boats in Italy, France, England, Switzerland and Germany.  They were chosen to represent the period in which they were built, their rarity, the awards they have won and the motors used in the competitions.

These boats are real and unique works of art.  The Ronzino won several European championships and broke world records.  One of the boats features a Ferrari engine.

In addition, some of the racers exhibited will be presented for the first time for 20 years - two of them won at the international meeting in the Principality of Monaco in the 50s.

This is a rare and not-to-be-missed opportunity for worldwide collectors, fans of classic motor sport and nostalgic enthusiasts to admire these "masterpieces" of historic racing boats during the same weekend as the 10th Monaco Historic Grand Prix, where the most iconic cars will compete in a sprint race.