The 35th Stella Alpina has come to a close: the rally organised by Scuderia Trentina and Canossa Events had the additional honour this year of being the first regularity race to take place post Covid-19, after three hard months in lockdown.
The event took place from 26th to 28th June 2020: three exciting days’ driving on the most scenic routes through the Dolomites and across some spectacular mountain passes, with the crews gathering at the starting line in an atmosphere that was friendly yet competitive.
Wonderful scenery, beautiful roads with challenging curves and hairpin bends, challenging time trials and average speed trials, hospitality organised at Madonna di Campiglio, the Pearl of the Dolomites, famous for being a favourite with Princess Sissi and the Emperor of Austria and still with its air of exclusive appeal, with lunches and dinners high up in the Italian Alps.
The combination of sport, passion, scenery, hairpin bends, superb hospitality, and breathtaking scenery with a wonderful backdrop provided by the Dolomites accompanied the participants whose passion for their cars is matched for their love for travel, good food and excellent wine.
There was a tangible eagerness among the participants to get back behind the wheel of their four-wheeled gems after the long, compulsory break. The tourism formula was also a great success, with around forty crews taking part, some in classic cars but most driving modern Ferraris, revelling in the sensation of soaring down the roads and enjoying the sheer pleasure of driving followed by more convivial moments.
There were many demanding trials, all taking place in a magnificent setting with a route covering about 500 km. The competition was tough until the last leg; the winners of this 35th edition were announced during the awards ceremony held in the spectacular setting of Villa Bortolazzi in Trento.
The Stella Alpina 2020 in numbers
70 crews, some taking part in the race and others in the tourism category
23 classic cars
47 modern cars
43 Ferraris taking part in the event
500 kilometres route
35 editions of the event
150 people involved in organising various aspects of the rally: the members of Scuderia Trentina, the Canossa Events team, rally personnel, timekeepers, photographers and cameramen
Friday – Scrutineering and First Leg
Trento’s G. Caproni airport came to life as the crews began to arrive for the Stella Alpina, all full of enthusiasm and eager to take part in the first event to be held after being obliged to shut their cars away in the garage for so many, long months, full of excitement at the prospect of taking on the roads through Trentino. The cars lined up, creating a truly superb parterre for anyone who loves classic cars and for fans of the Prancing Horse.
The race got off to a start with the cars dashing down the legendary Trento-Bondone road with its famous hairpin bends and „endless“ climb, before heading towards Lake Toblino, Terme di Comano, Tione, Valle Rendena, and finishing the day at Madonna di Campiglio, after driving 115 kilometres.
Saturday – Second Leg through wonderful alpine passes
The second leg was undoubtedly the most demanding of the three: driving through the spectacular scenery of some of the most beautiful roads in the Dolomites, the route climbing along a panoramic and complex itinerary and across lesser known mountain passes offering some superb views.
The cars drove up to Campo Carlo Magno and Folgarida, dropping down into Val di Sole and Val di Non, before crossing Piana Rotaliana and climbing up again towards Cavalese and back down again into the Adige Valley. The crews crossed Passo Mendola, through Val di Non and Val di Sole before returning to Madonna di Campiglio, completing a route of 250 km.
The day ended with dinner at Rifugio Boch. Up here, even though low clouds obscured the view, it is always special to spend the evening at the top of a mountain in the heart of the Dolomites, with the participants raising a glass and enjoying each other’s company in the relaxed and friendly atmosphere that you only encounter on the very best rallies.
Sunday – Last Leg and awards ceremony
On the Sunday, they headed off towards Carisolo, through beautiful Passo Duron, lush Val Lomasona, Passo Ballino and Lake Tenno famous for its turquoise waters. The leg ended in the lovely courtyard of Villa Bortolazzi at Acquaviva di Trento, where the crews had lunch and the highly anticipated awards ceremony took place.
All that was left was to say goodbye to old and new friends, and make a date for the 2021 rally, leaving Scuderia Trentina and Canossa Events satisfied at having managed to organise the rally even in a difficult year like this.