Stella Alpina Rally
One of the few rallies I did in the eighties. This was part of a grand tour on a Honda CX500 with Jacqui Gilbert. We visited the hotel at Brand where I used to stay on Elephant Rallies, and then travelled to Liechtenstein and through Switzerland to the Albergo Miranda, where I lodged when I worked in Italy.
We took in the Stella Alpina at Bardonecchia on the return journey and met a number of LPMCC members including Carl and Howard Wykes.The track up to the Colle Sommeiller (3009 mtrs) is very rough, narrow and steep. Even in summer there is ice and snow. The hair-raising part was turning round to come back down.
From Bardonecchia we took the Frejus tunnel into France and then loitered home.
Phil Jones went to the Stella in 1980 and got his money's worth out of the local roads.
I went on my BMW R80 but got there mid Sunday as a wrong turn out of Aosta sent me through the Mont Blanc tunnel by mistake, but the run back round the block on the map of France was further than it looked and so I ended up crossing the Col du Pit Bernard just after midnight. I met Rod Taylor from Rugby on the Sunday night who knew Mario and I was able to get a badge.
- Phil Jones
Hans Veenendaal sent seven badges, some photos and the following account.
I've been seven times to the Stella, so far as I can remember (and counting the badges).
* Hans corrected my typing. The English people take their own tea with them, because they don't like the tea that is for sale on the continent. "Typical English" says Hans. Most of the tea was lost when the water entered the tents.
As reported in the Solent Club History by Graham Cooper.
1981 Bill Smith: 0n my Guzzi Spada with my friend Michael Kemp on his BMW R45, using the Hovercraft, Ramsgate-Calais route, crossing in 30 minutes. Then 130 miles before camping for the night.
- Bill Smith