A mythical journey
Le Mitiche Sport a Bassano 2015? Pakelo was there!
Mythical is the correct adjective to address the classic cars, all Sport-Barchettas, that attended the 21st edition of Le Mitiche Sport a Bassano.This classic car rally, which is second in term of fame only to the Mille Miglia, gained an elitist position among Italian classic car scenario throughout the years. The last edition occurred last 18th-21st June along a stunning itinerary passing through the best landscapes of the Dolomites. Pakelo, which was official sponsor of the event decided to be much more involved and to follow the rally with an opening car. Here is the report of our experience among the Mitiche!
There were 87 contestants coming from 12 different countries around the world. Cars were all Sport-Barchettas built before 1959. 28 of the world top manufacturers were represented. The strongest presence was Bentley’s with 13 prewar cars ranging from the 4.5-litre Blower to a 1931 giant 8-litre Open Tourer.
Cars of immense historical heritage met at the starting point of Le Mitiche in Ca’ Cornaro, a villa of the XIV century set in Romano d’Ezzelino, in the North-East of Italy. The most prestigious cars were: a rare Alfa Romeo RL Targa Florio which actually got the second position in the 1924 edition of Targa Florio; one of the only two exemplars produced of Ferrari 625 TF and the sadly famous 1953 Ferrari 340 MM driven by Marquis Alfonso de Portago in the 1957 Mille Miglia. This Ferrari was involved in a bad car accident.13 people (included driver and codriver) died. This episode changed the story of Italian motorsport forever putting an end to all road rallies which started to be judged too dangerous.
The parade of Le Mitiche left on Friday 18th July after lunch facing a brief downpour which was interpreted as a sort of baptism by fire. Climatic factor is very important in a race of Barchettas which don’t have sunroofs. Both Manghen Pass and Lavazzé Pass (6561 ft. of altitude) offered beautiful views. Final stop for the night was arranged in Bolzano.
On Saturday morning the air was tense, a mix of excitement and concern spread among the contestants that had to face the highest and toughest part of the race: Stelvio Pass and its 9000 ft. of altitude. The day was bright and sunny, but approaching the 13th hairpin turn cars encountered the first hint of sleet that turned into snow as soon as the parade reached the top. Satisfaction and amazement was evident because everybody felt the powerful sensation of being connected without being mastered by nature. A time trial in Bormio turned the competition spirit on again. Passing though Gavia Pass and Tonale Pass the contestants stopped in Trento for the night.
The following day, after a gradual slope and a few time trials, Le Mitiche parade crossed the finishing line in the beautiful Marostica square, in the province of Vicenza. However this is just part of the game. The most difficult aspect to convey is the sense of freedom and camaraderie which permeated the whole event. That’s something which perfectly coexists with a healthy spirit of competition. A cheerful atmosphere and the unexpected coffee breaks in beautiful Alpine huts never lacked along the way. Le Mitiche are special because competition and humanity are part of the same stunning experience.
Thanks to this experience Pakelo reinforced its passion for this world. We are convinced that classic cars and classic car rallies must be preserved and supported. This is the reason why we created our specific line of lubricants and the reason why we will keep working on that to get better.
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