The Dolomites, with their valleys and mountain passes represent some of the most beautiful places among Unesco World Heritage sites. We must preserve, maintain and enjoy them, and, moreover, live them, even with sport events like Coppa d’Oro delle Dolomiti. The history of motor racing was written also on the streets of the Dolomites and Cortina d’Ampezzo, which is the Pearl of this territory, where, 72 years ago, everything began.
Starting from tomorrow, Coppa d’Oro delle Dolomiti, the greatest event of the Automobile Club Belluno and the gem of the Automobile Club Italia, in partnership with ACI Storico, will kick-off from the centre of Cortina, but today is still a welcome day, dedicated to the checks of cars and papers. Today is so dedicated the preparation of the “Mille Miglia of the Mountains”, as it was called at the end of the ‘40s, when the speed race through the Dolomites started, and now that same challenge is participated as regularity race drivers from three different continents and many Italian star players.
The crews racing during the two days are about 90, they will challenge themselves on the 441,49 km of the race track in the opening round of the Italian Grandi Eventi Championship ACI Sport, of which Coppa d’Oro delle Dolomiti is the first of the four practices, along with Gran Premio Nuvolari, Targa Florio Classica and Coppa delle Alpi. Some well known outstanding drivers participating to the competition are the Sicilian Giovanni Moceri, driving a Fiat 508 C from the 1939 in the “Team UBI Banca”, the Bolognese Giuliano Canè, with a Lancia Aprilia produced in the 1939. With Scuderia Targa Florio, Andrea Vesco from Brescia on a Fiat 508 S Balilla Sport of the 1935, with cars produced before the ‘30s the Emilian Alessandro Gamberini, with a valuable Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 SS of the 1929, Olindo Deserti that will drive a Lancia Lambda 233 VIII Serie of the 1929 and Alessandro Marzotto who, with his Lancia Lambda 221 Cesaro from the 1929, will carry on his family heritage. On the streets of Dolomites are also racing crews coming from Asia (Japan and Hong Kong), South America (Mexico), South Africa and United Arab Emirates, as well as from the closer Germany, Swiss and Netherlands.
The Coppa d’Oro delle Dolomiti 2019, with vehicles produced until 1971, brings a lot of interest also on the novelties introduced in this edition from ACI Storico, such as the “Legend” series, for cars produced from 1972, but also the “Tributo” for street Grand Turismo produced from 1991 and, finally, the Contest of Elegance, coordinated by Architect and famous collector Corrado Lopresto. Before the end of the event, the great closure, on Sunday 21st, with Cortina dei Sestieri, to admire the breath-taking beauties of Cortina before the award ceremony in Angelo Dibona square.