Today was the 54th Coppa Paolino Teodori Hill Climbing Race that involves some very fast cars racing from Colle San Marco to the top of the mountain at San Giacomo, a total of 5kms along some curvy winding roads. The race is part of the FIA hill climbing circuit and had over 200 entries this year with a huge variety of cars (gratuitous car photos):
Once again, the weather was fantastic, so Martine and I decided to take a day off work (shock, horror I hear you say, especially our friends in France) and walk up to Colle San Marco where we watched the pre race preparations and the start. We had a particular interest this year as we had two of the drivers staying with us, so time to offer some local support. Unfortunately they didn’t win although one did drive a great looking car, below. ( E2M 2000 formula Renault kit, to be precise….Martine)
Then as if fast cars racing up a very narrow road was not excitement enough, the media helicopter that was reporting on the event had a technical problem and appears to have crashed making an emergency landing (I say ‘appears’ as I am no expert, but helicopters should not land on their sides and we have just seen it go down the hill on the back of a fire recovery truck). Luckily the crew were not seriously injured. As an aside, I am curious to know how long it took the fire trucks and ambulance to reach the top. The fastest race car took 2mins 9 secs, it takes us 6 mins when we go up and we all use the same route.
So all in all a rather dramatic and very noisy day (note to self, ear defenders needed next year).