Coppa Oro delle Dolomiti in Cortina d'Ampezzo

History, adrenaline and postcard scenery in the historic vintage car race in Italy

From 21 July 2016 to 24 July 2016


The Coppa Oro Dolomiti is back in the magical setting of the Dolomites! From 21 to 24 July, 2016 don't miss this legendary classic car race in Italy that combines great passion for engines to the charm of the landscape, the history and tradition of the Dolomites.

Now in its 55th edition, the Cortina rally is an absolute gem amongst the classic car events in Italy: in 2016, once again, thousands of fans from all over the world will flock to Cortina d'Ampezzo to witness this epic vintage car race in Italy.

As per tradition, the 2016 Coppa Oro Dolomiti can be joined only by vintage cars, built between 1919 and 1961, plus another 30 cars, built between 1962 and 1965, of particular historical interest or that have distinguished themselves for particular sport merits. After a careful selection, the organizers will select the 120 cars that will take part in the Coppa Oro delle Dolomiti. The challenging route meanders through a breath-taking landscape: due to their steep vertical walls, rock features etched on the peaks and incomparable rosy colours that contrast with the blue sky, the Dolomites have been declared World Natural Heritage by UNESCO in 2009.

Founded in 1947 by the then President of the Belluno Automobile Club of Ferruccio Gidoni, the Coppa d'oro Dolomiti Cortina was immediately a huge success, so much so that the first edition was attended by one of the greatest drivers of all time: Tazio Nuvolari .

The 10 historical editions of the Coppa d'oro Dolomiti (1947-1956) saw established pilots of large car manufacturers and non-professional drivers challenge themselves ready to do anything to win the competition... The first races of the Coppa Oro Dolomiti covered a route of approx. 300 km with start and finish in Cortina d'Ampezzo passing through the picturesque passes of Falzarego, Agordo, Arabba, Pordoi Pass, Val di Fassa, Passo Rolle, Fiera di Primiero and San Martino di Castrozza, Feltre, Belluno, Longarone, characteristic Pieve di Cadore, Auronzo, Misurina with its beautiful lake and Cimabanche Pass.

The original regulations of the Coppa Oro Dolomiti assigned the victory to the car that first crossed the finish line in Cortina d'Ampezzo: to achieve the goal, very often, the drivers engaged themselves in crazy challenges at full speed through the narrow mountain roads, making the race very dangerous...

Following the terrible accident in Guidizzolo in 1957 during the Mille Miglia, road speed races were abolished and therefore also the rules of the Coppa d'oro delle Dolomiti car race were modified: the victory began to be awarded to those who reached the best score based on the time limits established for each stage, taking into account any penalty points.

After being suspended for many years, the Coppa d'Oro delle Dolomiti Cortina was revived in 2013 as a regularity race for vintage cars.

The route of the Coppa d'Oro delle Dolomiti Rally changes each year with the aim of highlighting the entire mountain area, but the beauty of the scenery remaining a constant feature. The natural setting of the Dolomites and the charm of vintage cars that have made the history of motoring make the competition one of the most fascinating and popular historic international motor races.

The route of the 2016 Coppa Oro Dolomiti has some interesting news that will make the race very demanding for both cars and their crews: 600 km to covered, 14 mountain passes and 3 regions to be crossed (Veneto, Alto Adige and Friuli) ... To them a new section in Austria has been added, to be reached by the drivers after crossing the challenging Stalle Pass to then drive through Huben, Lienz and Sillian. After the huge success of last year, the Cortina Rally also includes a 'night' stage departing from Cortina d'Ampezzo and crossing the Passo Valparola.

As for the most challenging point of the Coppa d'Oro Dolomiti 2016, the classic cars and their crews will be put to the test when, in the course of the second stage, will face the Mount Rest Fork: 16 km and 40 hairpin bends! Drivers will be repaid for this huge feat by the picturesque view over Lake Barcis after crossing Pala Barzana Fork!

Off all vintage car races in Italy, the program of the Coppa Oro Dolomiti offers always the right mix of spectacle and entertainment that can promote the competition of vintage cars but also highlight the beauty of the places touched by the route.


Program of the Coppa Oro Dolomiti 2016

Thursday, July 21

  • Arrival of participants, accreditation and scrutineering.
  • referee briefing.
  • Opening Dinner.

Friday, July 22

  • Grouping and start from Corso Italy.
  • Lunch on route (Lienz - Austria).
  • Return to Cortina d'Ampezzo.
  • Night Tests.
  • Dinner on route (Corvara).

Saturday, July 23

  • Departure from Cortina d'Ampezzo.
  • Lunch on route (Tramonti di Sopra).
  • Arrival in Corso Italia in Cortina and parade to the finish line.
  • Dinner of the participants at their hotels.

Sunday, July 24

  • Award ceremony in Conchiglia Square along Corso Italia in Cortina.
  • Closing Lunch.


From July 21 to 24, do not miss one of the most spectacular classic car events in Italy: the legendary Coppa Oro Dolomiti 2016 awaits you in Cortina d'Ampezzo! Adrenaline and beautiful natural landscapes will be the main ingredients of one of the most exciting vintage car races in the world!

By booking one of our fantastic hotels in Cortina d'Ampezzo you will be able to watch the 2016 Coppa d'Oro Dolomiti at close range and discover the extraordinary scenery that only these mountains can offer!

By Insidecom Editorial Staff


Period: From 21 July 2016 to 24 July 2016

Event location: Cortina d'Ampezzo and surroundings

Contacts: Coppa d’Oro Dolomiti program, itinerary and info on the website

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