Kitzbühel | Issue 41 | Summer 2017
That’s how anniversaries ought to be celebrated! The 30th Kitzbühel Alpenrallye was a glorious party for friends of classic automobile arts.
The anniversary celebrations created spectacular summer weather for the participants, a bevy of exciting routes and as the over-arching high point of the occasion, the very first traverse of the Großglockner High Alpine Road.
HIGH POINT: GROSSGLOCKNER
The anniversary rallye was once again a most impressive affair, both in performance and in aesthetics, representing six decades of automobile history and manufacture. The apex of the programmed 3-day rallye journey was doubtless the crossing of the glacial giant itself on the Großglockner High Alpine Road, the royal route on Friday. But the Thursday and Saturday routes were hot competitors for those honours as well, providing the driving teams with adventures and experiences, tests of ability and flexibility at their finest.
THOUSANDS OF SPECTATORS …
… filled the old town of Kitzbühel to be present to witness the big finale on Saturday afternoon as the cars raced towards the finish line. Their roaring applause was heartfelt and gave the “rolling automobile museum” the well-deserved recognition they merit in their magnificent classic motor vehicles. Elegant Bentleys were ogled alongside racy sports coupés and limousines from the fifties and sixties, laced with rarities to please the eye of the connoisseur.
NEW OVERALL WINNER
The overall Sport Trophy was won by Patrick Weber and Sonja Ackermann of Wiesbaden in their BMW 3.0 Si from 1973. Victors of the Classic Trophy were Andreas Eberhardt and Horst Eberhardt of Kronberg in their Ford Mustang GT from 1966.
Well known names were also part of the happenings at the Kitzbühel Alpenrallye, numbering among them this year Austrian stage and movie legend Peter Weck, ex-Formula 1 driver Jochen Mass, DTM pilot Mike Rockenfeller and ARD anchorman Jan Hofer.