Postcard from Auto Italia 2016

Auto Italia is a must attend event for those that love Italian cars.  It really is not elitist.  We arrived quite late this year.  The gates opened at 8.30am, but due to our boys football we arrived nearer to noon.  We arrived in the rare 360 Challenge Stradale, in front of me was a Ferrari Daytona and a Ferrari Dino.  We were told there were no further parking spaces on site and we’d have to park in the public car park.  Astounding really, but there you go, no favourites here.  I managed to wangle parking site onsite, but so far away from the crowd, I’m sure no one got to appreciate the car.  I just finished parking up, then a Ferrari Enzo parked up a few cars down from us.  Again a little hard to comprehend, when I’m sure most people visiting Auto Italia would have much preferred to see a Ferrari Enzo up close than a Fiat Punto.  Just saying!

This event is really good, there were 1200 cars on display, which is why cars were being turned away.  I am reliably informed that 5000 visitors attended, which is a record, so well done to the organisers.  The nice weather no doubt helped immensely.  Our full photo album is on our facebook page here, but we’ve highlighted a few of our favourites from the day here.

I spent a good 15 minutes to speaking with David Nagle, Development Director for Brooklands, who was explaining the site development, that would involve reinstating the finish line for the original race track.  How cool is that?  Visitors will see this finished in 2017.

Brooklands is a wonderful venue, one that all car, bike, bus and aeroplane enthusiasts should visit.  Make sure it’s on your bucket list.


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