In Italian Auto Country, No Car is a Waste of Time

Corbis Within the space of a few months, 14,000 miles of Italy’s highways and four square miles of the country’s raisins were shaved off in a race against time. At high speeds, with absolutely…

In Italian Auto Country, No Car is a Waste of Time

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Within the space of a few months, 14,000 miles of Italy’s highways and four square miles of the country’s raisins were shaved off in a race against time. At high speeds, with absolutely no regard for safety, Ferrari and Lamborghini warriors were jostling for position against Porsche, BMW, and Mercedes and even Toyota. These were historic car championships, but in what way was racing against time being a factor? It was more than just a crowd-pleasing spectacle. In some cities, there are fleets of vintage cars parked throughout the streets that will likely have eyes glued to them over the weekend.

To help in your search for such a vehicle, a directory of attractions has been compiled by an organization called the Italian Automobile Club (AIC) and thousands of websites around the world have been encouraged to add it. With some swipes of the mouse, you can look up which vintage automobiles and their locations are in your neck of the woods. But just think, there could be a car to track down in your own city too.

Car shows and rallies are the main draw, but there are literally thousands of other museums, memorials, and automobile cafés in Italy, as well as other transportation hubs and parts of the country, which have allowed people to spend time learning about the ways in which some of the country’s best-known products have come to shape Italy.

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