Through snow and ice
The only winter rally for classic cars in Switzerland finished on January 14th. The WinterRAID ran from Klosters through Bormio, Solda, St. Moritz and Wergenstein before returning to the start. With snow, ice and freezing cold weather it was a route for experts, combining, as it did, seven passes, fifteen mountains and several special stages.
The route ran through the most breathtaking scenery. But despite the cold, the high spots of the event were Klosters, St. Moritz and Bormio – the principal locations of the rally – and the competitors were rewarded with enthusiastic support from the onlooking spectators.
The snow circuit “Montebello” placed the greatest test on the entrants. Held at night, the trial was for the special trophy “White Star of St. Moritz” presented with accompanying ice-cold champagne by Dr Danuser, a director of the Therapy and Tourist association of St Moritz. The winner was the Lagonda M35 Le Mans driven by Frey/Hürlimann, and the prize-giving was held in the car park of the Kempinski Grand Hôtel des Bains.
The overall winner of the 3rd WinterRAID was the team of Sauber/Darbre driving a 1962 MGA Mk II. The smallest vehicle in the event was a 1961 748cc Renault Champs Elysées driven by Boesiger/Gaisser.
Next year's WinterRAID will be held from 11th to 13th January 2007, For further information please visit www.raid-suisse-paris.ch.
Text: Classic Driver
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