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I saw the Top Gear boys at Auto Italia today

I went to the annual Auto Italia show today, and the Top Gear boys came with their Alfa's and TV crew as they had entered the Alfa Romeo Owners Club national concours.

Clarkson had a lovely green Alfa saloon
May had a dark red Alfa GTV
Hammond had a silver Spider.

No doubt you will all see the finished product on Top Gear later this year.

In the meantime, here are some photo's of the boys and their cars.
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Some of their cars now
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The Enzo. This thing is the loudest car I have ever heard
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Wow, amazing pictures. It looks like you had a blast.

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And some other interesting stuff.
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Nice pictures Arch!

I really like that new Maserati.



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The new Maserati is gorgeous. I liked them when I saw the launch photo's, but in real life they are stunning. For 80K ish there are some good rivals, AM V8, Jag XKR, Audi R8 and the 997 C4S, but the Maser takes some beating on the looks alone.

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Wow, amazing pictures. It looks like you had a blast.

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It was a great day, I almost never went. I was worried that seeing the Ferrari's would make me upset, but my son pestered me to take him out in the Alfa. When we got there, within 2 minutes the Enzo drove past us, that really made my son's day, and then 5 mins later we noticed a big crowd around the Alfa concours stand and heard someone say the TG boys have just turned up.

We didn't know they were going, but that really made our day special.

Funny thing is, we drove past a broken down silver Alfa Spider, with a tow truck parked next to it on our way to the show. It was only later that we realised it was the hamsters spider. We should have stopped and offered to give him a bump start

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Great pics Archie. I especially like the old stuff
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The new Maserati is a very nice car! I really like the way it looks now.

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Archie,

That looks like one hell of an event, I'll have to make a trip to that side of the pond in the near future for this event.
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archie, quite a day you had!

I imagine it must have been a lot of fun, specially with the TG boys around!

thanks for sharing those great pics and stories

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It was a great day, I've been for that last 3 years, but this years was by far the best. There is always a large selection of Italian cars on display, It is supposed to be the largest Italian car show in the UK.

Lots of Fiats - should keep Basosz happy
It's also the National Alfa Club concours so plenty of them there.
Plus a few Lancia's to make up the numbers for the run of the mill cars.

There are always plenty of exotics too:
Between 70 - 100 Ferrari's make it
30 - 40 Maserati's make it, plus some interesting older cars from the 60's.
A dozen or so lambos regularly attend
A couple of De Tomaso Pantera's go
This year there was a Griffo - never seen one in real life before.
They normally have at least one racing car with historical significance there.

I've not seen any Bugatti's or Pagani's there before, but there's always the next time.

If you like Italian cars, it's worth going, and is better than the shows which are exclusively Ferrari, as you get to see other marques too. there are also some good trade stalls selling everything from spare parts to books and models.

Best of all, it's only 20 minutes from my house

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It was a great day, I've been for that last 3 years, but this years was by far the best...
Superb pics Archie!

For those that are interested in such events, we are quite fortunate in the UK. There is actually a Southern equivalent of the Stanford Hall Auto Italia event which is at Brooklands (this year's was on 3 May). That's only 30 minutes for me Personally, I much prefer it because Brooklands is such a fascinating place in its own right, with the old banking, the car museum and a variety of aircraft from a WWII Wellington bomber to Concorde.

As it happens, I usually go to Stanford Hall, but this year it clashed with the Goodwood Breakfast Club supercar breakfast (which also has the advantage of being free of charge). Great to see a couple of the gorgeous new Alfa 8Cs. There were also a pair of those ugly VW things, whatever they're called...ah yes, Veyrons...and numerous Lambos, a Zonda, XJ220 (resplendent in burgundy red), four Mclaren SLRs etc.

This year's numbers: Brooklands - 135 Ferraris present; Stanford Hall - 74 Ferraris present; Goodwood supercar breakfast - 131 Ferraris present.

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Nice pictures archie, sounds like you had a great time...almost as good a time as your son

I'm sure he had a blast

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Superb pics Archie!

For those that are interested in such events, we are quite fortunate in the UK. There is actually a Southern equivalent of the Stanford Hall Auto Italia event which is at Brooklands (this year's was on 3 May). That's only 30 minutes for me Personally, I much prefer it because Brooklands is such a fascinating place in its own right, with the old banking, the car museum and a variety of aircraft from a WWII Wellington bomber to Concorde.

As it happens, I usually go to Stanford Hall, but this year it clashed with the Goodwood Breakfast Club supercar breakfast (which also has the advantage of being free of charge). Great to see a couple of the gorgeous new Alfa 8Cs. There were also a pair of those ugly VW things, whatever they're called...ah yes, Veyrons...and numerous Lambos, a Zonda, XJ220 (resplendent in burgundy red), four Mclaren SLRs etc.

This year's numbers: Brooklands - 135 Ferraris present; Stanford Hall - 74 Ferraris present; Goodwood supercar breakfast - 131 Ferraris present.

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I was looking out for you Jonathan, but as you were at Goodwood, it's no wonder I couldn't find you. I was going to try and sneak in the FOC tent, but as my membership has lapsed I didn't want the embarrassment of being ejected by the brutish looking bouncers on the door

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Nice pictures archie, sounds like you had a great time...almost as good a time as your son

I'm sure he had a blast
He loved it, he saw two of his 3 favorite things - An Enzo & Clarkson. The only thing that would have made it better for him would have been if his hero, Lewis Hamilton had been there.

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