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Bristol, 28 April 2012

The annual gathering of Italian vehicles took place on Saturday 28 April in its regular location of the Corn Street district of Bristol, close to the city centre. Despite rain during the early part of the morning, and a distinctly chill wind that made it feel more like Winter than Spring, there was a very good turnout of a wide variety of cars, motorcycles and motor scooters lining the narrow streets of the area. In fact the sky was so grey and miserable, that it was a wonder that anybody made the effort to get out of bed, so all credit to the hardy souls who brought their machinery for the public’s enjoyment.

Ferrari and Maserati were both well represented, predominantly with modern variants, although there were a couple of more senior members of the Ferrari fraternity in attendance, a 250 GT PF Coupe, s/n 1083 GT, and a 365 GTC, s/n 12461, plus a pair of Dino 246 GTs. The classic Maserati spectrum was represented by a pair of Meraks, and there was a loan Lamborghini, but a rare one, a 1968 Islero, and a single De Tomaso Pantera. The Alfa Romeo marque was out in force, and ranged from a 1929 6C 1750 Super Sport model, through a rare 1600 GT Junior Zagato, Giuliettas, Duettos, a SZ and a number of more modern variants. There were also some interesting and rare Lancias, which ranged from a 1937 Aprilia, an Appia, a Flaminia, a Fulvia HF rally car, Integrales including a splendid Martini liveried example, and a Beta Coupe rally car in Alitalia livery. Naturally there were a number of Fiats, including “Topolinos” in the form of a 1937 500A model, and a 1954 500C example, plus a fine selection of 500s, a 600, a pair of 850 Coupes and a 124 Spider. Add in a large number of motorcycles from the likes of Ducatti, Moto Guzzi and MV Agusta, plus classic motor scooters from Lambretta and Vespa, and it can be seen that there was a diverse array of machinery on display for everybody’s enjoyment.

Keith Bluemel