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Cuneo-Colle della Maddalena, 1926

Price Code: SOLD

Reference: 5462

Corsa Automobilistica Cuneo-Colle della Maddalena: a magnificent and imposing 1926 Art Deco motor-racing trophy of large proportions, the marble columnar plinth wreathed in silvered-bronze foliage with cast, engraved presentation plaques and coat of arms, surmounted by large silvered bronze coupe with continuous frieze of stylized racing cars in a landscape in the ‘Italian futurist’ style of Giacomo Balla. Italian, 1926.

Height: 21 inches (53 cm).

Conducted under the Royal patronage of S.A.R Principe Eriditario (Crown Prince) Umberto du Savoia and featuring Il Duce, Benito Mussolini on the original committee, this prestigious road race covered 67 kilometres (47 miles), climbing from the Italian spa town of Cuneo in Piedmont close to the French border to Colla della Maddalena, a high alpine pass 2000 meters (over 6,000 feet) above sea level.

Attracting numerous entries in 5 different classes, the 1926 race was won by Guilio Aymini on his Diatto Tipo 30s, in just over 50 minutes, a record only broken in 1930 by one Tazio Nuvolari in an Alfa Romeo Tipo P2.

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