OVER the last 27 years, the Italian Car Day at the Brooklands Museum has grown to become not only the UK’s top event for owners and admirers of all things Italian, but the largest gathering of Italian cars in the country.
Several things help to set this event apart. First, there’s the fact that it takes place at the magnificent and evocative Brooklands Museum in Surrey; and secondly, there’s the chance for every visitor to be not just a spectator, but a participant.
Anyone arriving in any Italian car, be it a Fiat or a Ferrari, is able to park in the areas reserved for the relevant marque and model, and hence to become part of the display.
Another reason for the event’s success is that it’s far more than a static show: selected cars are demonstrated both on the demanding Brooklands test hill, and on the circuit at the adjacent Mercedes-Benz World.
In addition, the many car clubs and registers that sign up to the event have their own dedicated areas. It is a social event for Italophiles as much as an unrivalled exhibition of everything from modern Ferrari supercars to quirky little Fiats of the past, plus Maseratis, Lamborghinis and a vast range of rare and fascinating marques: Abarth, Bizzarrini, De Tomaso, Innocenti, Moretti, Siata and a great many more.
Alfa Romeo, of course, is always a prime part of the action, but 2013 will see a special celebration in honour of the 50th anniversary of the Giulia Bertone coupé.
The official press launch was on September 9, 1963 at the newly opened Arese factory and, to mark this milestone, the Alfa Romeo Owners’ Club’s Giulia 105 Register is arranging a dedicated parking area for up to 30 Bertone coupés.
Whatever your Italian car (or bike) – or even if you’re an admirer, rather than an owner – do come along to Brooklands on Saturday May 4 and enjoy all that magnificent red metal.
Advance sales: Adults £12; seniors/students £11; children (5-16) £5; family (2A + 3C) £32
On the day: Adults £15; seniors £14; children £6; family £37
To pre-book: www.brooklandsmuseumshop.com, or tel: 01932 857381 ext 268