Wendlinger is the definition of a cool customer, which is why when we asked him if he was a bit stressed about driving up a mountain pass in a raced-prepped 300SL, he responded simply with “No.” That would have to be the theme of the weekend considering it was pouring with rain for nearly 90 percent of the time the road was open. “Typical Swiss hillclimb weather! We are used to it,” explained seasoned rally driver and Austin Healey collector Vic Jacob. Indeed it was hairy, but to attest to Vic’s assessment only one car out of the entire field chose not to run, and understandably so: it was a bored and stroked 427 Cobra.
Switzerland has of course long since made traditional racing illegal in any of its cantons, but with the advent of Formula E and more and more enthusiast-driven events like this one, we are excited to report that racing in the tiny mountain country is on the rebound, thanks in large part to continued support from big brand sponsors like IWC and others. To this, in the customary salutation of the Graübunden region we say, “Viva!”