Bernina Gran Turismo: on the trail of the St. Moritz automobile weeks

From September 21 to 23, the Bernina Gran Turismo event will for the fourth time recall the historic St. Moritz Automobile Weeks of 1929 and 1930. The focus is on a mountain race on the closed Bernina Pass. This event will be preceded from September 14 to 21 by our first AUTOmotive Film Festival as part of the new St. Moritz Automobile Week.

On the initiative of some Engadine tourism pioneers, the first "International Automobile Week St. Moritz" took place in 1929. The core of the event was the Bernina Mountain Race over a distance of 16.5 km. The legendary drivers Hans Stuck, on Austro-Daimler ADR 3.0, and Louis Chiron, on Bugatti T47, won those races in 1929 and 1930 respectively. Other prominent racing drivers including Rudolf Caracciola, Prince of Leiningen, and Count Arco-Zinneberg, also took part. The Bernina Gran Turismo car event from September 21 to 23, 2018 continues this tradition with a mix of history, sport, competition, hospitality and luxury free of affectation.

Vehicle presentation on Friday in St. Moritz
As always, the highlight of this event is the mountain race on the closed-off Bernina Pass road. Classic racing and sports cars from the pre- and post-war eras right up to the early 1980s can take part. Technical inspection will take place this year on Friday September 21 in front of the Paracelsus Forum in St. Moritz Bad. Afterwards, the cars will be exhibited in front of the Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains before they make their way to the Bernina Pass. The participating cars will be on show to the public from 9.30 am until 2 pm. Food stalls at the Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains will provide culinary attractions. For all fans who cannot be there this year, there will be livestreams on Friday of the car inspection from 11 am until noon and of the start at the Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains from 2 to 3 pm. Furthermore, visitors can watch the first to cross the mountain race finishing line on the Hospizio Bernina in livestream on Saturday between 8:30 and 9:30. This can be found at www.bernina-granturismo.com.

Race course on the Bernina Pass
The magnificent 5.7 km racecourse in the original direction from La Rösa (1871 m) up to the pass (2320 m) offers numerous opportunities to see the cars in action not only at the start and finish, but also on the road. The course will be closed on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 7.40 to 11.20 am and on Saturday afternoon from 1.40 to 5.20 pm. There will be two runs per block. The award ceremony will be take place as of 12:30 on the marketplace in Poschiavo.


First AUTOmotive Film Festival in St. Moritz
Other events on the theme of "Automotive Cultural Heritage" rounding off this year's Bernina Gran Turismo give a foretaste of the "New St. Moritz Automobile Week", which will enrich the autumn calendar of events in St. Moritz in future. They include the first AUTOmotive Film Festival St. Moritz. Seven classics in film history will be screened - all attributing their success not least to the automobiles taking part. Of course cult films like "Easy Rider", "Bullitt" and "American Graffiti" should not be missing here either. A special treat is "The World’s Fastest Indian", which tells the story of Burt Munro (impressively played by Anthony Hopkins) whose lifelong dream is to set a speed record with his Indian bike. The films will be shown at Faoro and the Kempinski Grand Hotel de Bains. At Faoro as a "dine-in" and at the Kempinski in lounge style. Admission to the film is free. Screening starts at 8 pm in both places. For further information on the venues, please contact Faoro, T +41 833 36 45, e-mail oro@remove-this.faoro.ch, and the Kempinski Grand Hotel des Bains, T +41 81 838 38 38, e-mail info.stmoritz@remove-this.kempinski.com.