Snowy Italian Winter Marathon Makes for Great Rallying
Photography by Pierpaolo Romano
This was an especially good year. The snow fell heavily and racers enjoyed drifting through curves all the way up the mountain. A snowstorm hit the majestic Dolomites a few days before the rally and organizers tried to get the roads cleared but it was pointless, above 2300m (about 7500ft) there was only snow and ice. The truth is though, it wouldn’t be the Winter Marathon without snow.
Mr. Andrea Vesco was only seven years old when the rally began in 1989, but it wouldn’t be too long before he entered the classic car world. He got his start thanks to his father, Roberto, whom Andrea calls the “real expert in vintage cars” when he was only ten. Two short years later he became his father’s navigator.
Over time, they came to stand on the Mille Miglia podium four times (2001-2004) and won two classic Italian Championships together. Andrea’s success continued when he went out on his own, again winning the classic Italian Championship (three times in a row, 2011-2013) as well as the Gran Premio Nuvolari (also three times, 2010, 2012-2013).