Travel: Roaring Over the Same Mountain Roads Seventy Years Later

Roaring Over the Same Mountain Roads Seventy Years Later

Petrolicious Productions By Petrolicious Productions
August 5, 2014
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Photography by Federico Bajetti for Petrolicious

The Coppa d’Oro delle Dolomiti (Gold Cup of the Dolomites) is an annual vintage rally that covers the route of the original Coppa delle Dolomiti. It first ran in 1947, along unpaved mountain roads. Thus began the tradition of the Coppa delle Dolomiti that only ran ten years until 1956. More amazing than the fact that race was held on unpaved, public mountain roads (and all the danger that entails) and that circuit passed through many small villages (much like the Mille Miglia) is that it features an elevation change of over 4000m (13,540ft), over thirteen times greater than the Nurburgring’s. It also attracted drivers such as Olivier Gendebien, Umberto Maglioli, and Paolo Marzotto. The event was founded by the Belluno Auto Club, who still runs it and has done so since its inception.

Today, after sixty-seven years (and forty-two years as a historic event), it’s the same route as always that forms a circuit beginning and ending in Cortina d’Ampezzo. Over fifty magnificent classic cars competed in one of the most fascinating regularity races of the bel paese. The oldest of the field was a 1927 Bugatti T37. Also included were several Alfa Romeos, including a very rare 6C 2500 Competizione, a couple of Jaguar XKs, Porsche 356s and a lot of others. It was therefore a great opportunity, to see and hear, these old warriors climb the Dolomite passes and some of the most beautiful roads in the world. Enjoy the photos, perhaps next year you can join the Coppa d’Oro delle Dolomiti!

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Samir Shirazi
Samir Shirazi

where is the place exactly? Italy or swiss

Cyrille Abraham
Cyrille Abraham

As far as I know, “Dolomiti” are a part of the Italian Apls. It’s near Austria. For sure it’s not in Swiss. Take a look on G.Maps 😉

Cyrille Abraham
Cyrille Abraham

Does anyone knows the route of this [i]Coppa d’Oro delle Dolomiti[/i] ?
I would like to plan a roadtrip like this for next summer!

Federico Bajetti
Federico Bajetti
Steely
Steely

Great piece, great photos, love the alfa sportiva.

Pete Foglia
Pete Foglia

One of the most beautiful mountain towns in northern Italy and the roads are spectacular. The Dolomites are so Dante-esque! Go there!

ayoungerenthusiast
ayoungerenthusiast

What is the model name of the silver Alfa Romeo with the oval grille? It looks absolutely fantastic, and I’d love to look at more shots of it, but I’ve never seen it before and I’m unfamiliar with older Alfas.

Dustin Rittle
Dustin Rittle

It looks to be a Alfa Romeo 2000 Sportiva. A very gorgeous car indeed

ayoungerenthusiast
ayoungerenthusiast

Thank you for the heads-up. 😀

Dustin Rittle
Dustin Rittle

Petrolicious photographer must be on any car guys list of dream jobs. All these pics are stunning to say the least. Its nice to see these old gals storm up that road once more.

Federico Bajetti
Federico Bajetti

Thank a lot Dustin!