If you’ve got a soft spot in your heart for hardtop Alfa Romeos, especially Alfa Romeo GTAs, then don’t watch this video. It showcases why hillclimbs are inherently more dangerous than track events, since public roads don’t have wide runoff areas, gravel traps or energy absorbing barriers. When something goes wrong at speed on a public road, bad and expensive things happen.
The crash took place at a hillclimb event in Oberhallau, Switzerland, and the driver walked away unhurt. He was hauling some serious ass when the back end out-accelerated the front end; a little more run-off room, or some quicker opposite lock would have saved it. The car wasn’t totaled, but it will definitely need some bodywork and paint ahead of next year’s event, and a softer rear roll bar may be a good idea, too. I salute anyone who’s willing to drive a vintage race car the way that the original designers and builders intended, and I wish this guy better luck in 2011.