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For sale: ALBIS-BERGRENNEN 22-23 September 1951 Für Automobile und Motorräder FERRARI

ALBIS-BERGRENNEN 22-23 September 1951 Für Automobile und Motorräder FERRARI

Antique vintage posters from SCHMIDT R

Asking reference: 12707
Printer, Edition, Brands, Fondeur : Bollmann AG, Zürich, CH
Creation date: 1951
Size: 35.1 X 50 (inches) / 89.0 x 127.0 (cm)
Condition backing / Material :Linen (backed on acid-free paper and cotton canvas)
Condition: A (very fine)
Price: 6 500.00

ALBIS BERGRENNEN RACE CAR

A hillclimb race from the beginnings of Swiss motorsport. It was in the year 1907 when the Albis hillclimb near Zurich was mentioned for the first time in a publication. It is therefore among the oldest Swiss motorsport events.

Following World War One, in 1920 the Bernese section of the Swiss Automobile Club (ACS) organized for the first time an automobile race on the Gurnigel mountain near Berne. It was called the Brevo Cup. Winner was C. Richard Schmidt racing his Cole in 5 minutes and 57 seconds up the hill. Since Schmidt belonged to the Zurich section of the Swiss Automobile Club it was now up to the Zurich members to stage the race for the second time.

This is how the Albis pass, close to the city of Zurich, became the location for the second Brevo Cup. Several thousand spectators, arriving in the town of Adliswil by bicycle, horse or car, watched the spectacular race. Back then the race course had a length of 5.8 kilometers (3.6 miles) and a difference of 339 meters in altitude. Fastest driver that day with 5 minutes and 44 seconds was W. Ramseier of Geneva driving a Pic-Pic. This Swiss construction was powered by a 4.5 liter competition engine, which had already been used at the Grand Prix of France in 1914. In second and third places followed two American cars: A. Marx with a Cadillac and W. Risch with a Marmon. Thereafter it became quiet on the Albis pass, since the Zurich section of ACS between 1922 and 1934 organised the famous Klausenrennen.

It was in September 1951 that racing engines could be heard again on the Albis. The new road had been shortened from the original 5.8 to 3.97 kilometers (2.481 miles) and there was now a difference of 259 meters in altitude. For the national hillclimb no fewer than 117 race drivers had entered their cars. Swiss citizen Rudolf Fischer raced his red and white Ferrari 212 Monoposto (serial number #110). He was fastest of the day with 2 minutes and 34 seconds and an average of 93,508 kms per hour. Since the late 1950s this rare single-seater belongs to the legendary Schlumpf Museum in Mulhouse, France. Second on that memorable day was German race ace Hans Stuck driving a metallic grey AFM Formula 2 single seater. His car’s engine produced almost 60 hp less than Fischer’s scarlet Ferrari. In third place was Swiss privateer Willy-Peter Daetwyler in his Alfa Romeo 412.

For a number of reasons no further races to the Albis pass were held following the 1951 event.

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