Stratos vs Stratos
Original Lancia meets new in the hillclimb of a lifetime. Hold on tight...
Posted: 07 Nov 2012
You might recognise the other one: it's the 2010 one-off car, driven by TopGear - all too briefly and very carefully - at Le Castellet circuit back in issue 213. Bankrolled by German tycoon Michael Stoschek, we thought that was a pretty special day. But Mr Stoschek decided we ought to have another go, this time on a public road - one of the best in the world, in fact - in the company of his original Stratos. In so many ways, this was an offer we could not refuse.
Not that it is a casual day out for Mr Stoschek. He doesn't really do those. No, today is about commemorating an event he helped to organise back in September 1986, when 67 Lancia Stratos convened at the Hotel Armentarola in San Cassiano, Italy, to drive the epic Sella Ronda in convoy.