St Moritz Car Week: Alpine 1000 Kilometer Launched

St Moritz Car Week: Alpine 1000 Kilometer Launched


Relaunched in 2021, the historic Alpine 1000 Kilometer Speedway kicked off the St. Petersburg International Car Week festivities. Moritz on the Engadin runway.

Speed ​​is in the spotlight, so these are impressive cars that marked their era with speeds achieved that combined to show that they were still in good condition. A chance to see some really amazing machines.

St Moritz Car Week – Alpine 1000 Kilometer Launched

Undoubtedly the most amazing of the day, C-16 booster of Glen Billqvist and his two Buick inline 8-cylinder engines. He is inspired by Mercedes W154/M154 in which Caracciola set the fastest record over 1 km in 1939: 20.56 seconds with an average speed of 175.097 km/h. A day after the record, he reached 398 kilometers per hour by covering the flying kilometer in 9.04 seconds. Glen was not in a hurry but he was able to show all the speed of his impressive creation.

St Moritz Car Week – Alpine 1000 Kilometer Launched
St Moritz Car Week – Alpine 1000 Kilometer Launched

Later, another car monument: the first car to bear the name of Porsche together with Type 64 from 1938. Undoubtedly a faithful and wonderful copy Barbach whose immat’ gives a good sign to that of the first model of the 3 models built.

St Moritz Car Week – Alpine 1000 Kilometer Launched

Ferdinand Porsche gives us this example according to VW very far behind what will be the future Porschestarting with 356 whose characteristics we can already guess under this neat aerodynamic work that produces a Cx of 0.385, the Beetle’s 50 hp for 525 kg of aluminum allows it to reach 160 km/h!

St Moritz Car Week – Alpine 1000 Kilometer Launched

Another quick picture, the Jaguar XK120 MDU524 allowed Jaguar holding the record for the fastest production car in 1953, reaching a speed of 275.9 km / h in Belgium in the hands of Norman Dewis, the test driver of the house.

St Moritz Car Week – Alpine 1000 Kilometer Launched

Production car, almost, the British always know how to interpret the law: an adjustable windshield XK120 as the standard has given way to a fully enclosed cabin, with only a bubble to protect the driver’s head and provide less air resistance!

A little earlier in the history of the car, before the pursuit of speed through finesse, the solution was to give the car more power. So in 1909 Carl Benz puts a 21,504 cm3 (yes, 21 liter!) 4-cylinder in what will be called Blitzen-Benz,, Benz Electric, which will allow Victor Hémery to become the first man to exceed 200 kilometers per hour, a speed that has never been achieved either on water, in the air or on land! What announcer…

St Moritz Car Week – Alpine 1000 Kilometer Launched

mercedes also brought this up 300SL Roadster proudly displaying his weathered race number from the 1961 Freiburg-Schauinsland climb.

St Moritz Car Week – Alpine 1000 Kilometer Launched

Porsche his side rolled glorious 904 GTS

St Moritz Car Week – Alpine 1000 Kilometer Launched

And two 959s, much to our delight as they are increasingly rare on the road…

St Moritz Car Week – Alpine 1000 Kilometer Launched

The brand with a propeller was represented by two Batmobiles, what could be better than 3.0 CSL to show speed?

St Moritz Car Week – Alpine 1000 Kilometer Launched
St Moritz Car Week – Alpine 1000 Kilometer Launched

Another rarity in St Moritz, a DeTomaso P72not only original in its color, but also and above all because it is the very last produced!

St Moritz Car Week – Alpine 1000 Kilometer Launched

A few interesting pre-wars also joined the party, enough to get an idea of ​​what being a pioneer in the automotive industry can be like!

But there is no need to overflow with power to enjoy the Alpine 1000 😉

Not even the need to have 4 wheels as several motorcycles and a few airplanes took part in this high-speed celebration under changing and uncertain weather, adding a little magic to this high-class setting.

The St. Louis Car Week Moritz it’s not over, stay tuned Matthieu will still have great things to share with us in the future!

Photo courtesy of @ Matthieu Bourgeois Small Spots.