Rallye International des Alpes
The Rallye International des Alpes 2011 will celebrate its 53rd edition with the best ever roadbook. But still, Rallye International des Alpes competitiors will only experience the friendly side of it.
However for the competition group in a more “sporty” friendly way, while a second group of participants will be enjoying the more gentle rides in a “relaxing” friendly way.
But routes will always be faithful to the Rallye International des Alpes from the glorious years in the 1930’s, when drivers like Rudolph Caracciola and Donald Healey competed.
This 53rd edition will once again return to the Italian Dolomites, also celebrated in the 1950’s as the scene of many exciting battles between drivers like Stirling Moss, Maus Gatsonides, Ian Appleyard, Olivier Gendebien, Wolfgang Denzel and Count Johnny Lurani.
What could be more exciting for today’s sports car enthusiasts then to drive on the same roads that saw such thrilling events in the past ? The Rallye International des Alpes has long known the magnificent routes that take you from zero to thirty degrees within the hour and this year’s rally will not fail to do so either, when rallying in five legs from Geneva to Lake Garda.
After waking up in the wonderful lakeside Hotel Beau-Rivage in Lausanne, the Rally International des Alpes will set off to cross the four cantons known collectively as those of the ‘Finest Watchmaking’ before arriving that afternoon in Zermatt, the most glamorous of all the Swiss ski resorts.
The second Leg, will bring you from Zermatt to St Moritz, crossing the Nufenen Pass, the Gotthard Pass , the Oberalp Pass and the Julier Pass on your way. Next day, the cars will be leaving for the mother of all passes, the legendary Stelvio Pass, which is labelled ‘the greatest driving road in the World’, before arriving in Seefeld.
The next leg is a truly colourful day for the participants with plenty of chances to use their regularity skills. Once in Italy, the Cols will seem to come in never-ending numbers, giving participants of the Rallye International des Alpes 2011 the opportunity to admire the sheer majesty of the Dolomites until their arrival in Cortina d’Ampezzo, the town that lend its name to the Ford Cortina in 1962.
In the final and fifth leg, only the contenders for final victory in the Rallye International des Alpes will be concentrating hard on the Lago Ghedina road, while “dolce vita” fans can enjoy the breathtaking scenery of the Dolomites before arriving back in Cortina d’Ampezzo.
Rallye International des Alpes will be introducing two luxury levels this year, where participants are invited to choose between 4-5 star and 2-3 star hotels.> Rallye International des Alpes (official website) > Rallye International des Alpes (video) > Rallye International des Alpes (pictures) > Rallye International des Alpes (facebook)
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