Following the footsteps of an English journalist and traveller who, from 1906 to 1910, crossed the Alps from Montecarlo to Venice by car, passing over one hundred mountain passes
Introduction – Transports through the centuries along the Alps – the figure of Charles Lincoln Freeston.
Second edition and translation of the book The high road of the Alps: The Grand tour – Napoleon and his paths through the Alps – The neglect of road travel – Mountain climbing – Sir Martin Conway – Alps by Carriage – The railway and its dominant role – the Railway tunnels – Alps/Switzerland Association – Motorworthy Alpine roads – Alpine allure – Mountain Pass Classification – What the crossing of a pass means – Car equipment – Passes from Monte-Carlo to Venice – Through the Dolomites – A trip in Tyrol – French passes and cols – Helvetian passes – The Appennines – The ideal tour of the Alps – La grande route des Alpes.
Post war: new Freeston's contributions and their integration in the book.
A new Grand Tour... and a bet: the English travellers’ circle gathered round Freeston – Roy Trevor – Charles Jarrott – Dan Fellows Platt – Paul G. Konody – Russell W. Leary – Hugh Merrick – A. Wills – G.D. Abraham – E. Wharton – Hugh Merric – Robert Byron.
From the Alpine Cup to the Route des Alpes, one century of characters, pilots, rally and epic car sports
A century of motoring: the pioneering era and Charles L. Freeston’s endeavours on the Continent.
Cars vs Pitchforks (1895-1910): the challenge to be the first one – Panhard & Levassor, Benz & Daimler – the Torino-Asti-Torino, Arona-Stresa-Arona, the Gordon Bennet Cup – Car rally of Italy, Trélex-Saint-Cergue Alpine race, Susa-Moncenisio, Brescia week, the birth of car companies.
The big challenges (1911-1926): Herrkomer Cup – La Route des Alpes – Prinz-Heinrich-Fahrt – Alpenfahrt– Alpenrennen Südtirols – Alpine Trophy – Londra-St. Moritz – Alpine Cup.
United crossing the Alps (1927-1957): Coppa delle Venezie – Internationale Österreichische Alpenfahrt – Deutsche Alpenstrasse – Kitzbüheler Alpenrallye – Alpine International Cup – Coupe des Alpes – Alpine Winter Cup – Coupe des Glaciers – Internationale Deutsche Alpenfahrt – Dolomites Cup – Alpine star – Schweizerische Alpenposten – Alpine Trials – Mille Miglia.
And now… Rally (1958-1971): International Circuit races – Oriental Historic Alpine Rally.
Historical Parades (1972-1985): Montecarlo Rally – Gold Cup- FIVA international Rallys – Historical Alpine Rallys.
The past in the future: commemorations – museums – events – antique collectors – new scenarios in Alpine car touring.