Coppa d' Oro delle Dolomiti

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Piero Taruffi during the 1953 event

The Coppa d' Oro delle Dolomiti (translation: Gold Cup of the Dolomites) was a car race on public roads open to traffic, which was run in the Dolomite Mountains of northern Italy for ten years from 1947 to 1956. It took place along an anti-clockwise circuit that was 304 km (188 miles) long and usually took about 3 to 4 hours to complete the one lap that made up the race distance, with the start and finish in the town of Cortina d'Ampezzo. The circuit went through many Italian towns, and it had nearly 2,000 meters (2 km, 1.25 miles, or 6,600 feet) of elevation change- more than 6 1/2 times that of the Nürburgring and the Isle of Man TT track. It was established by the Automobile Club of Belluno, which is still the runner of the now historic event, since 1972. The race is included in the international calendar FIA as "Big Event CSAI" classic regularity.

The official name of the race has changed over the years. In 1947, it was known as the "Cup of the Dolomites", from 1948 to 1950 it was known as the "International Cup of the Dolomites", and in 1951 it was renamed the "Gold Cup of the Dolomites".

The trophy and its allocation[edit]

The trophy for the winner is an artistic reproduction of the kilometer milestone of SS 48 in Cortina d'Ampezzo, embedded in a block of Dolomite rocks, this makes up of peaks of these mountains.

In the historical period of the race, the Gold Cup was definitively assigned to the driver who obtained the best result by adding the times achieved in three consecutive years. In 1950-1952 Salvatore Ammerman won the Cup, in the following three years, 1953-1955, Julius Cabianca won the prize.

Circuit route(meters/ft)[edit]

Cortina d'Ampezzo (1210|3970) – Pocol (1530|5020) – Passo Falzarego (2105|6906) – Andraz (1392|4567) – Pieve di Livinallongo (1465|4806) – Arabba (1591|5219) – Pordoi Pass (2239|7346) – Sella Pass junction (1819|5968) – Canazei (1467|4813) – Vigo di Fassa (1342|4403) – Moena (1184|3885) – Predazzo (1114|3655) – Rolle Pass (1970|6463) – San Martino di Castrozza (1467|4813) – Fiera di Primiero (713|2339) – Fonzaso (329|1079) Feltre (325|1066) – Belluno (389|1276) – Longarone (472|1549) – Pieve di Cadore (878|2884) – Auronzo (864|2835) – Misurina (1756|4761) – Carbonin (1437|4715) – Passo Cimabanche (1529|5016) – Cortina d’Ampezzo (1210|3970).

Top 3 results for each race[edit]

1947 - 20 July / The Cup of the Dolomites

  1. Salvatore Ammerman - Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS - 3h58m18s 76.492 km/h (47.529 mph)
  2. Piero Dusio - Cisitalia 202 MM - 4h01m45s "
  3. Alberto Gidoni - Fiat 1100 S Gidoni - 4h03m06s "

1948 - 11 July / II International Cup of the Dolomites

  1. Giovanni Bracco - Maserati A6 GCS - 3h40m47s - 82.560 km/h (51.300 mph)
  2. Gigi Villoresi - Maserati A6 GCS - 3h44m32s
  3. Soave Besana - Ferrari 166 Inter - 3h45m57s

1949 - 17 July / III International Cup of the Dolomites

  1. Roberto Vallone - Ferrari 166 Inter - 3h45m02s - 81.001 km/h (50.332 mph)
  2. Franco Cornacchia - Ferrari 166 MM - 3h48m19s
  3. Franco Rol - Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Competizione - 3h48m20s

1950 - 16 July / IV International Cup of the Dolomites

  1. Giannino Marzotto - Ferrari 195 S - 3h34m31s - 84.972 km/h (52.799 mph)
  2. Giovanni Bracco - Maserati A6 GCS - 3h34m45s
  3. Franco Cornacchia - Ferrari 195 S - 3h41m39s

1951 - 15 July / V Gold Cup of the Dolomites

  1. Enrico Anselmi - Lancia Aurelia B20 - 3h45m07s -80.971 km/h (50.313 mph)
  2. Umberto Castiglioni - Lancia Aurelia B 20 - 3h47m30s
  3. Julius Cabianca - Osca Mt 4 1100 - 3h47m37s

1952 - 13 July / VI Gold Cup of the Dolomites

  1. Paolo Marzotto - Ferrari 225 S - 3h22m25s - 84.528 km/h (52.523 mph)
  2. Giannino Marzotto - Ferrari 340 America - 3h25m57s
  3. Giulio Cabianca - Osca Mt 4 1100 - 3h33'49

1953 - 12 July / VII Gold Cup of the Dolomites

  1. Paolo Marzotto - Ferrari 250 MM - 3h18m19s - 91.913 km/h (57.112 mph)
  2. Piero Taruffi - Lancia D20 - 3h19m52s
  3. Umberto Maglioli - Ferrari 735 S - 3h20m02s

1954 - 11 July / VIII Gold Cup of the Dolomites

  1. Sergio Mantovani - Maserati A6 GCS - 3h19m36s - 91.319 km (56.743 mph)
  2. Giulio Cabianca - Osca Mt 4 1500 - 3h20m23s
  3. Gerino Gerini - Ferrari 250 Monza - 3h20m30s

1955 - 10 July / IX Gold Cup of the Dolomites

  1. Olivier Gendebien - Mercedes-Benz 300 SL - 3h23m01s - 89.779 km/h (55.786 mph)
  2. Eugenio Castellotti - Ferrari 500 Mondial - 3h23m22s
  3. Giulio Cabianca - Osca Mt 4 1500 - 3h27m02s

1956 - 8 July / X Gold Cup of the Dolomites

  1. Giulio Cabianca - Osca Mt 4 1500 - 3h01m31s - 100.417 km/h (62.396 mph) (lap record)
  2. Olivier Gendebien - Ferrari 290 MM - 3h05m18s
  3. Umberto Maglioli - Osca Mt 4 1500 - 3h09m47s

Bibliography[edit]

  1. Gianni Cancellieri; Cesare De Agostini, Powder and glory. The Gold Cup of the Dolomites (1947–1956), Giorgio Nada Editore, 2000. ISBN 88-7911-205-8.
  2. Carlo Dolcini, The last golden cup of the Dolomites, Patron Editore, 2007. ISBN 8855529358

External links[edit]

ACI presented the Gold Cup of the Dolomites 2013]