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FESTIVAL PULLS A SURPRISING CROWD
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.
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.
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.