Coppa Oro delle Dolomiti in Cortina d'Ampezzo

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

From 20 July 2017 to 23 July 2017

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The Coppa Oro Dolomiti is back in the magical setting of the Dolomites! From July 20th to 23rd 2017 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.

The Cortina rally is an absolute gem amongst the classic car events in Italy: in 2017, 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… this year celebrating its 70th anniversary!

As per tradition, the 2017 Coppa Oro Dolomiti can be joined only by 120 vintage cars, built between 1919 and 1961, plus another 30 cars, built between 1962 and 1967, of particular historical interest or that have distinguished themselves for particular sport merits. After a careful selection, the organizers will select the cars that will take part in the Coppa Oro delle Dolomiti. The challenging route weaves 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 rules 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 historic car race in Italy (Cortina) will take place over two days for a total of 500 km: on 21st July the race itinerary will be the same as in past editions, thus passing through Piazza dei Martiri in Belluno, in front of the ACI building, founders of the race; on 22nd July, Coppa d’Oro Dolomiti 2017 will give competitors and aficionados the chance to admire some of the most beautiful parts of the Dolomites, including places connected to the First World War.

Compared to other vintage car races in Italy, the program of the Coppa d’Oro Dolomiti offers always the right mix of spectacle and entertainment in an effort to promote vintage car racing but also highlight the beauty of the places touched by the route.

Coppa d’Oro Dolomiti 2017 Programme

Thursday, 20th July

  • Participants arrive, registration and sports checks.
  • 6.30 pm - Briefing by the race director.

Friday, 21st July

  • 8.30 am – Gathering and departure from Corso Italia.
  • Lunch en-route.
  • 6.30 pm – Return to Cortina d'Ampezzo.

Saturday, 22nd July

  • 9.30 am – Departure from Cortina d'Ampezzo.
  • Lunch en-route.
  • 4.30 pm – Arrival in Corso Italia in Cortina.

Sunday, 23rd July

  • 11.30 am – Awards ceremony in Piazzale della Conchiglia on Corso Italia in Cortina.

Coppa d’Oro delle Dolomiti 2017 itinerary

  • Day 1 –21st July

In the first day of the Cortina Italy car race, the vintage cars will have to complete 303,800 km of the 1947/1956 race decade.

Cortina d’Ampezzo - Pocol - Passo Falzarego - Andraz - Pieve di Livinallongo - Arabba - Passo Pordoi - Bivio Passo Sella - Canazei - Vigo di Fassa - Moena - Predazzo - Passo Rolle - San Martino di Castrozza - Fiera di Primiero - Fonzaso - Feltre - Belluno - Longarone - Pieve di Cadore - Auronzo - Misurina - Carbonin - Passo Cimabanche - Cortina d’Ampezzo.

  • Day 2 –21st July

The second day of the Cortina Italy car race will involve crossing a series of breath-taking parts of the Dolomites, some of which were involved in the First World War.

Cortina d’Ampezzo - Pocol - Passo Giau – Colle Santa Lucia - Caprile - Rocca Pietore - Malga Ciapela - Passo Fedaia - Canazei - Passo Sella - Passo Gardena - Corvara in Badia - Longega - San Vigilio di Marebbe - Passo Furcia - Valdaora - Novale - Villabassa - Dobbiaco - Carbonin - Misurina - Bivio Auronzo - Passo Tre Croci - Cortina d’Ampezzo.

From 20th to 23rd July, do not miss one of the most spectacular classic car events in Italy: the legendary Coppa d’Oro Dolomiti 2017 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 20 July 2017 to 23 July 2017

Event location: Cortina d'Ampezzo and surroundings

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

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