The Winter Marathon Rally 2016 was held 21-24 January at Madonna di Campiglio in the Dolomite Mountains of Italy. A field of nearly 120 historic car teams challenged this year’s reliability trial that once again proved to be an exciting combination of cold weather and lots of curves.
The Winter Marathon ended at 2:00am at the traditional arrival in Piazza Righi in Madonna di Campiglio. With very little snow during the route and a constant cold (which reached -10°C on Pordoi Pass), this year’s route — changed more than 50 percent from previous editions — received excellent feedback from participants.
Franco Spagnoli and Giuseppe Parisi won the 28th edition of the Winter Marathon driving a 1932 Fiat 508 S, ahead of the 1965 Volvo PV544 of Antonino Margiotta and Bruno Perno and the father-son team of Francesco and Giuseppe Di Pietra in their 1938 Fiat 508 C. Completing the top five was the crew from Torino, Gianmaria Aghem and Rossella Conti, capable with their decorated 1972 Lancia Fulvia Coupe 1.6 HF and Alberto Riboldi and Emanuele Peli from Brescia on a 1933 Fiat 508 S Balilla Sport.
Emanuela Cinelli and Elena Scaramuzzi won the BST Tubi Trophy, reserved to the special ranking for female crews, in their 1967 Mercedes-Benz 250 SL over Gabriella Scarioni and Ornella Pietropaolo on a 1961 Porsche 356 B Coupe. The best foreign crew was the Japanese Kenji team of Nakahara and Kazoo Ishii on a 1965 Porsche 356 C Coupe; the nice duo from Saitama, participating for the first time, won against the English crew of “Steve Clark” and “Nik Nalim” racing on a 1939 MG TB and over the Swiss team of Luca Prencipe and Roberto Felici in a 1968 Porsche 911 S.
Similar to 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015, Sports Car Digest also documented the Winter Marathon Rally 2016, with photographer Pierpaolo Romano providing a superb set of images. We split up Pierpaolo’s pictures into two galleries. The first gallery starting below features our favorite images, all displayed in the full-width view of Sports Car Digest, while the second gallery and rally results can be found on the last page of the article and gives a comprehensive view of all the photographs.
Winter Marathon Rally 2016 – Featured Photo Gallery
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