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Over the mountains at the Arosa Classic Car 2018

The Arosa Classic Car is one of the last real road races in the Alps. From 30 August to 2 September, the engines will reverberate off the mountains between Langwies and Arosa once again and the IWC Racing Team will play a prominent role…

It’s the small and demanding events that are currently enjoying great popularity in the world of historic motorsport and the mountain race that stretches between Langwies and Arosa is now well known far beyond Switzerland. With a length of 7.3km, 76 turns, and an elevation change of 422 metres, the panoramic road track presents quite the challenge. What’s also unique to this event is that entrants race downhill rather than up. 

Excitement is also provided by a diverse entry list, comprising veterans from the early years of motoring, GT and touring cars, one- and two-seater racing motorcycles, and everything in between. This year, the entrants will be divided into three categories – uniformity, competition, and demonstration – with training runs taking place on Friday and races held on Saturday and Sunday. 

This year, the IWC Racing Team, which made its debut at the 76th Goodwood Members’ Meeting back in the spring with David Coulthard, will take part in the Arosa Classic Car. The former Formula 1 racer Karl Wendlinger will take the wheel of the Mercedes-Benz 300SL ‘Gullwing’ this time around. We love that that the Schaffhausen watchmaker extends its participation in historic motorsport beyond mere patronage and actually competes ambitiously with proficient pilots in competitive events such as the Arosa Classic Car. We wish the IWC Racing Team and all the other competitors the best of luck this weekend. Classic Driver will be out in force and we’d be delighted to meet some of our readers on the track between Langwies and Arosa. 

Photos: Mathieu Bonnevie for Classic Driver © 2018

From 30 August to 2 September, Classic Driver will be reporting live from the Arosa Classic Car both on our Instagram channel and in the Magazine, kindly supported by IWC