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Amateur Fellini: Driving The Gran Premio Nuvolari By XK120

by Gunnar Heinrich ::: YouTube ::: Gran Premio Nuvolari

WATCH this amateur video shot in 2006 of the Gran Premio Nuvolari – a classic car rally in Italy whose course connects Pisa with Rimini as it circles between the Tyrrhenian and Adriatic Coasts – and you’ll swear that it’s a scene straight from a Fellini flick. I promise.

We sit in a Jaguar XK120 that drives through narrow streets with crowds of onlookers – old men in high-waist pants and young children cheering gleefully as the driver of the Jag taps a horn that plays the first few notes of La Cucaracha. At some points you see the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and some old Alfas, an open stretch of road with grassy hillsides and ancient walls.

Of course it helps that this the video’s in black and white and that all the cars are all of a certain age (50′s-60′s). For a simple handi-cam effort, we can thank the videographer for bringing the Gran Premio Nuvolari home.

June 06, 2011
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About the Author: Gunnar Heinrich is publisher of Automobiles De Luxe online and is executive producer of the Automobiles De Luxe Television series on PBS member station CPTV.

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