Bern­ina Gran Turismo

Clas­sics of all shapes and sizes com­pete in Switzer­land

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - This Week -

’The Bern­ina Gran Turismo boasts the most var­ied field in the world’

Where can you see the Ferrari 250 GT ‘bread van’ and a Jaguar D-type com­pet­ing against a 1978 Fiat 127?

The Bern­ina Gran Turismo, held ev­ery Septem­ber in the Swiss Alps re­gion of En­ga­dine, boasts the most var­ied field of com­peti­tors any­where in the world. Recre­ated in 2015 as an homage to the orig­i­nal St Moritz Au­to­mo­bile Week of the 1920s, it now in­vites cars from that era all the way up to the 1980s to a hill­climb up the 3.5-mile Bern­ina moun­tain pass, which has more than 50 curves as it climbs 1470ft into the Alps, with con­di­tions vary­ing from sun­shine to heavy snow.

Fif­teen cars run in the com­pe­ti­tion class, where the fastest time wins, while the rest of the 80 teams run in ‘reg­u­lar­ity’, where the driver clos­est to a pre-set time the­o­ret­i­cally wins. In re­al­ity, how­ever, even reg­u­lar­ity rac­ers go for the best time.

En­trants ranged from Carl Gus­tav Mag­nus­son’s UK-regis­tered 1957 Abarth Za­gato 750 GT Corsa, to Ewan Cameron’s 1959 Jaguar D-type, with other clas­sics in­clud­ing a Ford Lo­tus Cortina, Jaguar Mk2 and BMW 2002.

Or­gan­iser Claus Müller says: ‘We are an ex­tremely re­laxed bunch over here. For us, we are all hav­ing the same fun and we’re hav­ing it to­gether, re­gard­less if you have a mil­lion-euro Ford GT or a Volvo Ama­zon. It’s the pas­sion that unites us.’ Axel Cat­ton

Francesco Sic­cardi’s 1967 Lan­cia Ful­via Sport made easy work of the Bern­ina Pass.

Brits tack­ling the tough con­di­tions in­cluded a 1965 Lo­tus Cortina and 1955 Jaguar D-type.

Ron­nie Kes­sel took a class win in his Alfa Romeo Gi­u­lia GTA.

Mat­teo Ka­mata’s 1973 Alpine A110 coped with Sun­day’s snow­fall bet­ter than most.

Daniele Per­fetti’s 1971 Porsche 911 ST came third over­all in the run’s com­pe­ti­tion class.

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