Vintage cars, amazing scenery, and one of the most famous resorts in the world. These are the ingredients of the Coppa d’Oro delle Dolomiti, which will take place from 1 to 4 September 2011. 175 teams will take part, including 11 from outside Italy. Entrants will compete on mountain roads winding up and down over passes at a height of over 2,000 metres, in the area around Cortina d'Ampezzo. Watched by a crowd of international onlookers.
The most valuable car in the competition is a 1952 Ferrari 340 America, worth about 2.5 million euro (shown in the photo). Other cars present will include a 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza, a 1954 Maserati A6GCS, a 1935 Aston Martin Ulster, a 1928 BMW 328, a 1928 Bugatti 40A Grand Sport, the 1938 Jaguar SS100, the gull-wing 1955 Mercedes 300 SL, and many others. The event is sponsored by the Porsche Centre in Padua, and so there will be a number of historic Porsche racing cars. The crews are no longer predominantly over-50: many teams are 30-35 years in age, while the youngest team present consists of two brother from Brescia, 19 and 15 respectively, driving a 1955 Porsche 356 Speedster. There will be a prize for the first three female crews, consisting of silver cups and Gucci necklaces.
Onlookers can see the cars from close up on Friday 2 September, from midday to 3 p.m., in Piazza Walther in Bolzano.
For more information on the event, see www.coppadorodelledolomiti.it
For more tourist information, contact the Cortina tourist office, tel. + 39 0436.866.252