ALL THINGS ITAL­IAN ON SHOW

FES­TI­VAL PULLS A SUR­PRIS­ING CROWD

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Driveway - Bill Buys

THERE was pizza, bis­cotti, arancini, cof­fee, birra, plus dozens of Fer­raris, Maser­atis, Lan­cias, Alfa Romeos, Fi­ats, Lam­borgh­i­nis, Du­catis, Ves­pas, Lam­bret­tas and many more items of Ital­ian ori­gin at Barba­gallo Race­way.

It was the in­au­gu­ral Ital­ian Fes­ti­val Track Day, ini­ti­ated by Fer­rari Club Aus­tralia and it raised money for the Ro­tary Club of North­bridge.

Car club mem­bers could put their pride and joy on show, take part in a few pa­rade laps of the 2.4km cir­cuit, or get more in­volved with a se­ries of high speed laps.

Fer­raris were there aplenty, some with 'his­toric' plates, other from the 1970s through to the very lat­est.

Sev­eral of the new Fiat 500s were of the po­tent Abarth va­ri­ety and among the Fi­ats was Giles Wilson's su­per-rare sil­ver 1997 Coupe.

Only 20 of th­ese 2.0litre turbo beau­ties ever made it to Aus­tralia and his is one of two in WA.

Another rar­ity was among the mo­tor­cy­cles, where one of the Du­catis to take to the track was a Senna model, re­put­edly worth as much as a small Ital­ian principality.

The event, which turned out to be big­ger than ex­pected, is soon to be fol­lowed by the an­nual Ital­ian Car Day on Novem­ber 2 at Mul­berry on Swan.

But the Barba­gallo event could also be­come an an­nual draw­card if Fer­rari Club Aus­tralia WA pres­i­dent - the aptly-named Frank Fer­rari - has his way.

'We hope to even­tu­ally build it to some­thing on the lines of the Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed,' he said.

Pic­tures: Travis Barnes

Side-by-side... a mod­ern-day Fer­rari and Lam­borgh­ini Gal­lardo at the Ital­ian Fes­ti­val Track Day; A stately 1960s Lan­cia Flaminia cruises down the straight at Barba­gallo Race­way.

Pic­tures: Bill Buys

Left: Du­catis, Ves­pas and Lam­bret­tas get ready to ride; Top right: An Alfa Gi­u­lia, Fiat 125 T, Alfa Gi­uli­etta and Fiat 124 Abarth set for some hot laps; Bot­tom right: Alfa Trio... a rac­ing GTV, a white one from South Aus­tralia and a Spi­der.

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