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Lymington Italia Festival 2019

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  1. Bluebottle

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    Oct 15, 2012
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    I did a 200 mile round trip to Lymington, Hampshire on Sunday for the Italia Festival. Fine and dry, but overcast - ideal weather for an early morning drive over, and a late afternoon drive back to GLOS. across Salisbury plain, through the Savernake Forest and over the Marlborough Downs. Lovely roads for a Dino:)

    48 Ferraris, mostly modern, drove in convoy around the town and parked up in the High Street (closed for the day), in aid of a charity which supports young (5-12 year old) carers. The event organiser is the local Police Chief, so no shortage of constables to do escort duty and stop traffic to allow us through. We drew an estimated 4,000 crowd who lined the route and came to see the cars and talk to the owners. Interest in my car was immense and I hardly had a minute to myself - if I had a pound for every person who told me that my Dino was their favourite car of the day, or for every kid who climbed into the driver's seat for a photo, I would be a wealthy man.

    A funny incident occurred as we were assembling in the car park of a local marina prior to the convoy drive.This guy turns up on his Vespa and tries to park it in the area reserved for Ferraris. He is politely told by the event organiser to take his machine elsewhere, whereupon he becomes very rude and abusive, little realising what Rob (not, of course, in uniform) does for a living. Within minutes he was more than a little surprised to find himself surrounded by half a dozen constables who escorted him off the premises!

    The Daytona parked next to my Dino is a 47 year old one owner car - I don't imagine there are that many of those around.

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    Article and more photos on the local newspaper site here
     
  2. A348W

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    Nice one John. And people think love of the classics is lost in the younger generation!!

    Trust no speeding tickets were issued??
     
  3. Bluebottle

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    You must come next year, Adrian - we need some older cars to balance out the preponderance of 360/458/488s.
     
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