It was many years ago that I first stayed in the hotel of the 3 Vallées. The hotel on the Col de Turini is rather inconspicuous, but a mythical place for all motorsports fans. At that time I was traveling with an English car that was no less characterful than a Saab.
Many years have passed since then. But some things still exist. The cakes in the hotel of 3 Valleys are still legendary good. And the men's toilets still without doors. Just like Walter Röhrl, who can look back on 40 years of Col de Turini's experience, noticed it yesterday.
Col de Turini. A legend for motorsport fans.
The highlight of the material battle of this year's Histo Monte was, of course, the ride up to the Col de Turini at 1.607 meter height. The way up was paved with ice sheets, and the prescribed average speed of evenness testing changed from a minimum of 39,5 to a maximum of 48,5 km / h. For the last part of the ascent to the Turini 43,5 km / h were required, which one could estimate as slow, if one does not know track and conditions.
Due to the inclines and the many hairpin bends, garnished with speed measurements in unexpected places, the passage is a challenge for both driver and material. You have to concentrate, and the last few kilometers demand the ultimate commitment, which - when you arrive at the top of the Des 3 Vallées - is rewarded with legendary good cake.
The last stage of the Histo Monte, enriched with two more regularities, led from the Col de Turini down to Menton and into the port of Monte Carlo. The goal after 1.730 kilometers and 31st place in the final ranking for the Wagenheimer team and the Saab 99. Very respectable with a field of 83 vehicles, and our congratulations to Robert and Gerd in the principality!
The Saab runs like clockwork and maybe we'll see each other again.
The Saab ran like clockwork on the track, had no defects and no measurable oil consumption. Today it goes back on its own, 1.000 kilometers to the north lie ahead of the team. We say thank you to Robert and Gerd for the cooperation and the pleasure of introducing our readers to something classic motorsport. Also a thank you goes to Orio Germany, our supplier for Saab original parts. Orio has the team Wagenheimer at the AvD Histo Monte supported as a sponsor and upheld the brand flag.
We may see the 83 Saab 99 more often. He will keep his stickers and may have his next appearance at the Hamburg - Berlin Klassik in August.