Travel: Have You Ever Hooned A Priceless Racecar On A Snowy Mountain?

Have You Ever Hooned A Priceless Racecar On A Snowy Mountain?

By Máté Boér
September 29, 2015

Photography by Máté Boér

Held for the first time on August 4, 1935, the Grossglockner Grand Prix celebrated its 80th anniversary this year with more than 120 cars, primarily pre-war racers—gathered together in the small Austrian moutain villages of Fusch and Ferleiten.

The hillclimb on Austria’s highest mountain (12,460 ft.) was organized only three times before WWII put it on hold till 2012, when a group of enthusiasts inspired by the race’s brief yet legendary history brought it back to life.

I was there to capture the 7th running of the revised Grossglockner Grand Prix, and the heroic performance of old machines on the 92 curves and 14 hairpins on the 9 mile pass. Gradients? Between 4 and 11.5%. As you can see, it was a spectacle to behold.

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Rudolf Wesseln
Rudolf Wesseln
8 years ago

Really great event!
Here a link to a short clip covering the arrival of some of the cars at the starting point.

8 years ago

Better later than never! What a revival.

Fabulous cars making amazing photos

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