Winter Marathon: Snow, ice and a convertible

The 30th edition of Italy’s famous winter rally for classic cars ended on January 19 at 11:15 pm. The winner of anniversary race was the team Brescia, with Alberto Riboldi and Paolo Sabbadini behind the wheel. They won the UBI Banca Trophy and celebrated their victory in the evening at Piazza Righi in Madonna di Campiglio, the final destination oft he rally. Lots of snow on the track and constant cold (the lowest temperature at the Pordoijoch was -10 ° C) marked the rally. In addition, the winter marathon was driven for the first time on two stages – the organizers got a lot of approval for this innovation from the participants.

Nearly 200 cars were at the start, many of them where pre-war vehicles. The regulations oft he Winter Marathon provide that every vehicle must be at least 40 years old. The track runs 410 km through open roads, nine Dolomite passes, including Pordoi (2,239 m) and Gardena (2,121 m), with an average speed of 42 km/h.

The winning team from the racing team Scuderia Franciacorta Motors was tough. Their car, a Fiat 508 S Balilla Sport from 1933, was completely open. Second place went to Guido Barcella and Ombretta Ghidotti with a 1963 Porsche 356 C Coupé. Third place went to Alberto Aliverti and Alberto Maffi, also Franciacorta Motori, in a 1937 Fiat 508 C.

The event was officially opened on Thursday, January 18th with administrative checks and scrutineering at the Hotel Savoia Palace. That same evening, the rally started with the new stage 1, which led the participants 40 km through the Val Rendena.

The next morning at 11.00 clock the 370 km main section started in Madonna di Campiglio. The crews were sent into the race by the cheering of the public. The first part of the journey – through Val di Sole, the Val di Non and the Gampenpass – ended with a lunch at the Safety Park in Pfatten. After some demanding tests on the Passo Pinei it went further to Ortisei for time control. Other passes were Costalunga, Mendola and Carlo Magno – until the final time control in Folgarida.

The most successful racing team was Franciacorta Motori, who were able to place four teams in the Top 8. Emanuela Cinelli and Elisabetta Roselli took the BST Tubi Trophy for the best female crew on board a Mercedes-Benz 250 SL from 1967 as an excellent 38th in the overall ranking.

On Saturday, January 20, the actual rally was over, but the winter marathon was far from over. So many trophies were to handed over that the various award ceremonies ran throughout the whole day.