Coppa delle Alpi gets underway in Italy

Coppa delle Alpi gets underway in Italy

The race will cross through Italy, Switzerland and Austria

The Coppa delle Alpi 2022, a winter regularity race for historic cars organised by 1000 Miglia Srl, will take place from 9 to 12 March and will be the first race valid for the Italian Great Events Championship 2022, organised by ACI Sport. The cars will follow a route that will cross the unique Alpine arc of Italy, Switzerland and Austria in the presence of some Unesco World Heritage Sites, reviving what was proposed in the first historic edition held in August 1921: at that time there were five legs and more than 2300 kilometres through mountain passes and crossings, a demonstration of the possibility of reaching places until then considered unreachable and the recognition of the event as one of the most powerful instruments of territorial promotion of the time.

After the first edition by 1000 Miglia in 2019, the re-enactment of the Alpine race will this year see 54 cars at the start with a parterre of crews coming not only from Italy, but also from the United States, Israel, Mexico, Germany, Poland, Holland, Belgium and Switzerland.

The Fiat 512 Coppa delle Alpi Spider Sport of 1931, Fiat 514 MM of 1930 and Fiat 508C of 1937 and 1938 and the Lancia Aprilia of 1937 and 1939 make up the group of pre-war cars while Alfa Romeo, Bristol, Jaguar, Austin Healey, Mercedes Benz, MG, Triumph, Porsche, Saab, Volvo and Ferrari complete the list of cars accepted at the start.

The uniqueness of the 2022 Coppa delle Alpi can be seen in the numbers: 11 Time Controls, 5 Passage Controls, 70 Time Trials and 65 secret Average Detections along a route of over 1000 kilometres.

Groups of trials along the route will award the BPER Trophy and Trophies named after Bormio, St. Moritz, Seefeld and Bressanone-Brixen.

From a geographical and landscape point of view, the first day of the race will feature Brescia as the starting and finishing point of a scenic loop that will reach Nistisino, Sulzano and Lake Iseo.

On the second day, from the city of the 1000 Miglia, the cars will drive along the western shore of Lake Garda towards the Adamello-Brenta Natural Park, a Unesco heritage site with 48 lakes and the Adamello glacier, one of the largest in Europe. The lunch stop in Fai della Paganella will take the cars towards Val di Non, Val di Sole, the Tonale and Aprica Passes to Bormio for the end of the leg.

On the third day, the cars will drive over the Bernina Pass and through Val Müstair to St. Moritz. Then, after a break in San Valentino alla Muta, they will cross the Resia Pass and continue across the Austrian border to Seefeld in Tirol in the evening. In the final leg, the crews will cross over the Brenner Pass and through the Pustertal Valley to the foothills of the Dolomites where they will face the last sporting trials before reaching the finish line in Brixen/Bressanone, where the final award ceremony will take place. 

The overall winner, the winner of each grouping and the winner of the General Classification Average Trials will be guaranteed acceptance to 1000 Miglia 2023.

Image courtesy 1000miglia.i

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