Sport, fashion and a taste of the high life against the splendid backdrop of the Dolomites: Italian style charms the whole world
From 20 to 22 February 2014, the “Queen of the Dolomites” played host to the second annual WinteRace. The race is one of the most eagerly anticipated events on the vintage-car calendar, with enthusiasts from as far afield as Luxembourg, the United Kingdom, Russia, Argentina and Japan drawn to the Veneto region by the charm of a way of life that can be found nowhere else. The classic regularity rally is organised by the Alte Sfere company and sponsored by the Automobile Club Belluno. It classed as a Grande Evento by the CSAI. Entry is limited to 90 cars, which must be built before 1976.
The teams compete during daylight hours over a total of 461.02 km, with 63 timed stages.
The stage is set along the challenging mountain passes of the Dolomites and features a spectacular display of driving, a favourite with spectators, on the snow and ice circuit at Fiames near Cortina.
The medal was presented to the winning team by the chair of the Senate.
Internationally renowned multibrand designer retailer Franz Kraler played the host at the afternoon session with an “Afternoon Tea” at their “fashion castle” in Dobbiaco.
Daniela and Franz Kraler presented the participants with specially designed, hooded, quilted jackets in a camouflage technical fabric embellished with the “IO” logo.
The range of cars participating in the race – which was sponsored by the Centro Porsche di Padova – included an almost complete collection of Porsches, from the 356 A Speedster to the 911 Targa, plus two 1938 Lancia Aprillas – a Berlina and a Barchetta – and the TR2, TR3 and Roadster by Triumph. There was also a 1938 MG TB, a 1969 Jaguar E-Type, a Fiat 124 Abarth and an Alfa Romeo Giulia GT Junior, while the oldest model on show was a1932 Fiat 508 Sport Ghia.
The roll call of drivers was equally distinguished: Giorgio Damiani, vice-president of the Damiani jewellery company, which is a standard bearer for Italian jewellery on the international scene; lawyer and politician Filippo Berselli; Stefano Boglioli (of the eponymous clothing company), who competed alongside Bruno Ferrari, the director of the Mille Miglia museum; brothers Pietro and Cesare Foresti (whose parents – respected business owners and devoted followers of the race – were lost alongside Vittorio Missoni in an air crash near the Los Roques archipelago). The brothers formed the youngest of the teams (see the press release). Franz and Alexander Kraler drove a 1971 Mercedes SL.