The story of the 27th edition of the Vernasca Silver Flag is really two stories – both very Suixtil as you’ll see.
The first one starts with Alex, he of Suixtil Benelux, roping in some friends in the Netherlands to ride down to Piacenza, Italy, taking all the backroads, mountain passes and impossible trails to make the journey as unforgettable as possible. Oh, and did we mention, that they all rode with their respective classics – 2 D-type replicas, 1 XK120 (that met exhausting problems), 1 Sprint Veloce (and 1 modern Porsche for just in case)… This went as well as could be imagined, even if Alex complained (rather a lot) about the relative incomfort of endurance driving – which, of course, makes you wonder about the heroes of yesteryear… But have a look for yourselves:
And then, once finally arrived, things got really interesting when that crew met with all the participants who’d signed up for the sheer madness of a 9km Italian hill climb where it seemed that the only condition set for a car to participate was that it needed to be beautiful (that must be the Italian approach we have heard so much about). And yes, the team from Claudio Casali pulled it off, again – the skies were incredible, the vistas without seconds, the cars – at this juncture they cannot be merely cars, they are more like rolling/roaring sculptures – unbelievable and the overall atmosphere still so relaxed and good-humored. Very fortunate that Alex had brought another stack of decals, as most participants wanted to have Lady Luck as a co-pilot. Check it out the amazing images that we collected (with thanks & © mostly to Paolo Diamanti and the team at Ruote Leggendarie – our Italian partners):
What else is there to say? Only that, once again, you’d find yourselves well-served to listen to our advice and get registered for the next edition – we hear it will be wild – at life speed!