gran circuito del Sestriere 2014

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.

Bavarian Wonder: BMW M2

Marc Norris’s Bavarian Workshop has rolled out countless projects across its three decades of existence…but none quite like the M2.

Based off a mid-Seventies 2002, Norris reworked the classic coupe to utilize the E30 M3’s hardware–most notably, the E30’s chassis and 2.3 L inline-four. The combination of BMW’s defining classic and the “holy grail” of M3s has resulted in a four-wheel wonder.

Ferrari 250 GT Lusso

The Ferrari 250 GT Lusso is a GT car which was manufactured by Italian automaker Ferrari from 1963 to 1964. Sometimes known as the GTL, GT/L or Berlinetta Lusso, it is larger and more luxurious than the 250 GT Berlinetta. The 250 GT Lusso, which was not intended to compete in sports car racing, is considered to be one of the most elegant Ferraris.

Keeping in line with the Ferrari “tradition” of that time, the 250 GT Lusso was designed by the Turinese coachbuilder Pininfarina, and bodied by Carrozzeria Scaglietti.

Hosted by the V12 engine “Colombo”, it had a displacement of 2,953 cc (3.0 L; 180.2 cu in), the 250 GT Lusso developed an output of 240 hp (180 kW) at 7,500 rpm and 242 N·m (178 lbf·ft) torque at 5,500 rpm. It was able attain a maximum speed of 240 km/h (150 mph), thus becoming the fastest passenger car of that period, and required only 7 to 8 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (0 to 62 mph).