Alpenfahrt: 100 years old

100 Jahre Alpenfahrt

by: Martin Pfundner

Austria and its mountains give one of the biggest contributions to the alpine automobile industry: the Alpenfahrt.
Organized for the first time in 1910, it was from the beginning considered as the toughest and the most important tourist race before the first WW.

Men, full of daring, venture on-board of their fragile cars on dangerous mountain trails where they needed to prove their boldness to prevail the steepest passes of those mountains.
Until the prewar in 1914, the factories appearing in the Alpine Rally had all of their cars built adapted to the Alps shape.
Between 1928 and 1936, the Alpenfahrt created cooperation between all the alpine automobile clubs. It took the drivers in an adventure through all the famous passes of France, Italy, Austria, Germany and Switzerland.
Because cars built especially for the alpine trails are also good for a regular driving, a road construction wave began, thus creating a regular traffic.

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