Passione Engadina is a car racing event and a celebration of vintage and classic Italian cars in the heart of the Swiss Alps. Each year in St. Moritz, Italian cars are in the spotlight for two full days, driving around the breathtaking mountain passes! This is an important year because in 2021, the 10th edition of the event takes place!
Leisure motoring enthusiasts flock to St Moritz
This event was set up by car enthusiasts from the Engadine region of Switzerland, featuring Italian cars that were made before the year 1991. St. Moritz is steeped in automotive history, thanks to the now-legendary 1929 International St. Moritz Automobile Week, which, in turn, inspired car racing events like the Bernina Gran Turismo and Passione Engadina.
Leisure motoring has seen a resurgence in recent decades. In 1960, circuit racing was banned in Switzerland and therefore motoring events were nothing but a fond memory. It was only in very recent years that road racing was allowed to take place again, and as a result, vintage car events such as Passione Engadina were reinstated, thanks to a collaboration between motoring enthusiasts.
Here are the different categories of cars and the classes of each car race:
- Class D and E: Post Vintage up to 1960
- Class F: Classic from 1961 to 1970
- Class G: Modern from 1971 to 1980
- Class H: Post Modern from 1981 to 1991
- Class Sportscars: From 1992 (at the discretion of the organisation)
Passione Engadina timetable
The timetable may be subject to change, but here is the outline so far:
Friday, August 27, 2021
- 10.30am-3pm: Arrival and registration at Kulm Country Club
- 11am-2.30pm: Cocktail and Ladies’ Cup kit collection at Bulgari Boutique
- 10.30am-4pm: Cars’ Showcase at Kulm Country Club
- 12pm-2pm: Lunch at Kulm Hotel
- 1.30pm-2.45pm: Training Camp, Samedan
- 3pm-4.45pm: Bulgari Ladies’Cup, Samedan
- 5pm-5.45pm: Panel Session Julius Bär with special guest Kulm Hotel
- 7.45pm-8pm: Departure of the shuttlebuses from Kulm Hotel
- 8pm-8.15pm: Not for Rally Crews: registration and entry, Suvretta House
- 8.15pm-11pm: Dinner at Suvretta House
- 11pm: Shuttlebus return from Suvretta to Kulm Hotel
Saturday, August 28, 2021
- 8am: Sportscar - Start Kessel Tribute, part one, Signalbahn
- 8.20am: Classic cars - Start Julius Baer Rally, part one, Signalbahn
- 11.20am onwards: Lunch Bündner Arena, Cazis (one-hour break depending on the schedule)
- 12.30pm onwards: Julius Baer Rally and Kessel Tribute, part two (two different itineraries)
- 3.45-5pm: Transit of the cars through the town centre
- 8pm-8.30pm: Not for Rally Crews: registration and entry, Kulm Hotel
- 8.30pm-11.30pm: Gala Dinner at Kulm Hotel
Sunday, August 29, 2021
- 8.30am-10.30am: St. Moritz Challenge Cup, Engadin Airport, Samedan
- 10.30am-2pm: Concours d’Elégance, Kulm Country Club
- 11am-12pm: Wine Tasting with Paolo Basso (only for booked participants), Kulm Hotel
- 12pm-1.30pm: Lunch “Trattoria Montana” at Kulm Hotel
- 2pm-2.15pm: Final Greetings
St Moritz - the home of car racing and other high-brow sports
The Swiss mountain town of St. Moritz is one of the most well-known resorts in the world that attracts lovers of high-brow sports. It has long been associated with elegance, sporting events and impeccable quality. Located at an impressive 1.856 metres above sea level, in the striking lake region of the Upper Engadine, it also has mineral springs, which have attracted people for around 3.000 years.
St Moritz established itself as a forerunner for all kinds of sports activities - motoring included. Olympic Winter Games brought global attention to St. Moritz in 1928 and a year later, the International St. Moritz Automobile Week was held in St Moritz. The international nature of events like these made St. Moritz famous throughout the world as a world-class sporting venue in a spectacular alpine valley.
Attend Passione Engadina
Check out the Passione Engadina website for more details.
For visitors coming from other Swiss cities, St. Moritz is easy to get to, whether you're driving or coming via public transportation. By road, although the town is relatively secluded, it can be reached via Schin, Oberhalbstein, Albulatal, Oberengadin, Bergell and Puschlav. The train journey from Zurich to St. Moritz only takes 3 hours. The train journey from Basel, Bern, or Lucerne lasts around 4,5 hours.