Sunday, 17 April 2011

Eye popping variety - Bristol Italian Auto Moto Festival

Yesterday was a long day due to a variety of pleasurable commitments which meant I got up at 7 am so that I could go down to watch the Bristol Italian Auto Moto Festival being set up.

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Getting up so early was not in the least disappointing , seeing my home city centre full of Ferrari's, Maserati's, a couple of De Tomaso's and a familiar Lamborghini amongst many others, some models of which I saw close up for the very first time.

It was a particular joy to briefly meet David who's Special ALFA Romeo Lenham Healey was featured on this blog some month's ago and Richard Harman who's extremely rare South African Autodelta 3 litre / 183 cui ALFA Romeo GTV6 will be feature on this blog in the not to distant future.

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As the name suggests this Festival is a veneration of all modes of Italian powered personal transport including a stunning array of motor bikes, Benelli, Laverda, Ducatti, Moto Guzzi and MV Agusta among them, many worthy of inclusion in this blog and indeed one will also appear on this blog in the near future.

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Finally mention should be made of the many 'Mods' who turned up on their Lambretta's and provided a welcome Quadrophenia inspired sound system to their area of the Festival.

I'd like to thank the organisers for arranging a memorable day out in my adopted home town and thank all those who took the time and trouble to bring their bella machina's from far and wide, I look forward to sharing more detailed images and stories of some of the 50 vehicles I photographed during my all too brief two hour visit.

Compared to last years excellent Festival the organisers excelled themselves and cranked up the level of expectation for next year up another notch.

Hope you have enjoyed todays Italian edition of 'Gettin a lil' psycho on tyres' and that you'll join me again tomorrow when God willing I'll be reporting on my competition debut in the discipline of Production Car Car Trial's. Please keep your fingers crossed for me and don't forget to come back now !


  1. Hi Art
    Nice to meet you yesterday (if briefly!). Hope you managed to get the details of my Lenham/Alfa 'special'.
    I enjoyed the day. Great to see such an eclectic collection of cars/bikes.


  2. David lovely to meet you too, if only briefly maybe next year we will have time for a chat ?

    I got all the details thanks, I'll up date me blog on the ALFA Lenham in the near future.

    I really enjoy the eclecticism of the BIAMF too, never expected to see quite so many genuinely jaw dropping vehicles.

    Look forward to meeting again.

  3. PS
    Message to Art & Richard Harman (and all other lovers of obscure cars!) - "Have you heard of the Haynes 'Rare Breeds Car Show'?"

    It's a free (my kind of price!)- both to display and attend - car show. Its held this year at the Haynes International Motor Museum in Sparkford, Somerset on the 4th September.

    It does what it "say's on the tin" - it's a meet for owners of unusual / limited production cars - very informal.

    I attended last year and will do so again this year

    PPS I'm not associated with the show or organisers!

    for details please contact

  4. Thanks for the tip I don't suppose there is anything particularly rare about my 1990 Passat GL but I have put the date in my diary like you free is my kind of price ! :-)