The Italian Alps will echo with the sound of vintage automobiles this June courtesy of the 2012 running of the Summer Marathon. Scheduled for the 14th-17th of June, the international vintage rally will see more than 150 pre-1971 cars race the clock across the famous mountain passes of Stelvio, Tonale, Gavia, Foscagno, Forcola and Bernina with opening and concluding ceremonies held in the picturesque alpine resort town of Bormio. Under the guidance and sponsorship of Swiss watchmaker and long-time Mille Miglia supporter Cuervo y Sobranos, the Summer Marathon promises entrants spirited competition, beautiful sights, and fine dining, socializing, and lodging.
Scuderia Autostoriche 3T of Cremona planned the course with an eye towards challenging and entertaining competitors, and each day’s drive includes stops at various points of interest as well as lunch. Drivers will also benefit from the Racelink on-board computers that will be installed on every car and will track each competitor’s progress. Timed driving events begin on Friday, June 15th with competitors driving 147km through 20 checkpoints. Saturday’s itinerary includes a distance of 275km with 35 checkpoints and Sunday sees 128km with 15 checkpoints.
Trophies will be awarded through the top twenty positions with the winning team taking home a cash prize of 5,000 euros. Race registration costs 1,700 euros and includes complete hospitality for two people, while an ‘Official Follower’ registration is also available for the reduced price of 600 euros and allows a team to drive the course as a non-competitor. Interested parties can learn more about or register for the 2012 Summer Marathon at the official website: www.summermarathon.it/en.
[Source: Summer Marathon]