Bristol’s ‘Old City’ once again resonated to the harmony of Italian exhaust notes as the Auto Moto Festival sprung into life on 23rd April. For the thirteenth year in succession, the streets; lined with Italianate architecture, thronged with enthusiasts and thrilled spectators with one common purpose: To soak up the heady atmosphere and marvel at the wide array of Latin style and design flair. This year we celebrated the 110th anniversary of Lancia & Co. Fabbrica Automobili, founded on 29 November 1906 and the 70th anniversary of Vespa exactly to the day it was founded in Florence by Piaggio & Co. in 1946.
Spectator interest was intense throughout the Festival area as crowds thronged in from the city centre, through the Bike Zone; distracted by the hundreds of examples of classic machinery, both ancient and modern from all the prominent marques and a few more obscure ones too. On into Corn Street; they passed the scooter displays, adorned with classic Lambrettas and Vespas and then the exciting array of Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Abarths, Lancias, Fiats, Alfa Romeos and Maseratis.
Our ‘Favourite Lancia’ awards went to David Honeybun for his delightful 1962 Flaminia Touring 2.8 GT and Chris Sherwood for his 1951 Aurelia Cabriolet. Other ‘Favourite’ awards went to: Steve White for his glorious 1928 Fiat 520 Torpedo, John Tribe for his Ferrari 512 TR, Iain McFarlane for his Lamborghini 400GT Islero, Mark Bugler for his Fiat 500 Abarth Replica, John Crookes for his 1960 Parillia MSDS 175cc, Ed Stratton for his Maserati Shamal, Phil Gibson and Antonio Scartati for their delightful Alfa Romeo Giulia Spiders.
The Great Western Air Ambulance Charity collected £272 on the day and the IAMC will add to this by an approximately similar amount when all the bills and sponsorship payments have been settled. Many thanks to all of you for your generosity.
For a more comprehensive report by Colin Rear, see here.