“The Dolomites Gold Cup has the potential to become a global Italian icon, first of all because the Dolomites – a UNESCO World Heritage site – are the most beautiful mountains in the world. But also because the ‘gentlemen drivers’ who are the protagonists of this historical vintage car competition are leaders of the business world who, during the race, become ambassadors of Italian beauty.”
This is how Alessandro Casali, Chairman of the Dolomites Gold Cup Organizing Committee, explained to “Italian Ways” the importance of this particular car race, which started in 1947 by initiative of the Automobile Club of Belluno as a pure speed race on regular roads open to traffic. The competition was held according to that original format until 1956: it was a 303.8-kilometer route, starting and finishing in Cortina d’Ampezzo.
Then, since the 1980s, the Dolomites Gold Cup has found new life as a “historical reenactment”. Wonderful cars built between 1919 and 1965 travel approximately 500 kilometers – from Cortina to Merano and back – in the unique setting that lies between Veneto and Trentino Alto Adige, passing through the splendid Sëlva, Canazei and Bolzano. Tazio Nuvolari called it the “Mille Miglia of the mountains”. Casali, who was able to give the Mille Miglia new prestige and international fame, now aims to make the Gold Cup “the best of all events, bringing the world’s most beautiful cars to the Dolomites”.