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AUTO ITALIA 2017


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Fiat 500 Enthusiasts Club (Jason Dodd).


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y 8.30am, on the corner where the Campbell Circuit meets the base of the Test Hill, a sea of Mediterranean exotica had gathered, snaking its way up the slope and back as far as the eye could see. Eager spectators were also arriving, via The Heights, to see what turned out to be a staggering total of 1,521 vehicles of varying beauty, power, heritage and design, but all with an Italian streak running through them. The weather remained dry and bright, perfect for the activities planned to keep the 6,100-plus visitors entertained. Scores of Ferraris took up their usual spot in and around the Motoring Village, with Maseratis on the Campbell Lawn. More Ferraris and a large contingent from the Lamborghini Club UK and Lamborghini Pangbourne were to be found on the Finishing


A mighty Lamborghini (Jason Dodd).


Straight where the Wellington Hangar once stood. Trade pitches included accessories and finishing products as well as specialists in early memora- bilia and rare, out-of-print books and manuals. Fiats were out in strength this year with a gaggle of Pandas, a Tempra and Tipo 2.0ie on the Banking and 850s, 500s and a Dino Spider or two lurking in between Lancias and Maseratis. At the west end of the Banking the Fiat Forum pitched up, while over on the east side there were Fiat coupés. The Alfa Romeo Club was at the top end of The Heights, with more Alfas in the Paddock; everything from a gutsy 147 GTA to an incredibly stylish Giulietta Sprint Speciale prompted conversations and camera clicks. Motorcycles and scooters were by the side of the Clubhouse with examples of MV Augusta,


A speedy Fiat Abarth takes to the circuit (Jason Dodd).


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