Fiat 500s take to the Goodwood track to celebrate 60 years of fun
More than 100 of these twinpot bambinos took to the track to mark six decades of success
Italian flair and style kickstarted the Revival each morning as Fiat produced a spectacular parade of its diminutive, rear-engined, four-seater passenger car, the now-iconic Nuova 500. The Torinese city car, which helped to put post-war Italy on wheels back in 1957, received roars from the Goodwood crowd after breakfast each morning, with the many varieties of 500 responding with a chorus of blowing horns.
Fiat 500 diversity on track extended to the regular pre- and post-suicide door production models, with their flip-back sunroofs, as well as the more practical Giardiniera estate variants, a few sporting Abarth derivatives, and even the occasional coachbuilt model, such as the open-topped Ghia Jolly beach car. The Italian brand also showcased other Italian vehicles from the period on the track with the 500s to turn each morning into a scene that looked more like 1950s Rome or Milan.
For those who missed the parade it was possible to enjoy the sea of Nuova 500s nearby on the startline grandstand where visitors could get close and personal to the Italian icons. These attracted as much attention as some of the incredible race action on track, which says so much for this lovable classic.