From 1947 through 1953 the “Francesco Raviolo” Motorclub in Pinerolo (Italy) held an annual regularity run called “Gran Circuito del Sestriere”.The event grew from the initial social gathering to a fully-fledged Italian National Regularity Championship event over 280 km of mountain roads rising from Pinerolo to Sestriere ( hub of the 2006 Winter Olympic games), 2035 mt above sea level. The “Gran Circuito” was run by several different categories of motorbikes and scooters from 50cc to over 500cc, and prizes were awarded to individual competitors, Club Teams and Manufacturers’ Teams.
The Vespa Club of Pinerolo, have hosted several re-runs of this Classic venue, exclusively for Vespa scooters. If you have a Vintage or Classic bike in the following categories: “Eroica” (makes/models which ran the original race or any pre-1947 bike), “Storica” (1954 -1964),”Classica” (up to and including 1970) and are interested in a 2-day venue, riding, wining and dining in the Italian Alps (19th and 20th July 2014), keep an eye on grancircuitodelsestriere officiale site.
If regularity events, Time Checks, Special Stages and stop-watches are not “your thing”, well, you can still run the course of the 2014 “Gran Circuito del Sestriere” in the Touring Class, with only a limited number of Stamp Checks and no further hassle.