The passion for classic motorsport is told at the largest fair in Europe dedicated to the passion for vintage motorsport, from 21 to 24 October in Padua. A unique opportunity to meet the great Italian car designers, the new restomod trends and unique models that have made history
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A record 2021 edition is being prepared for Vintage Cars and Motorcycles: from 21 to 24 October, in Padua, the four days dedicated to the passion for classic and youngtimer cars gathers the world of international collecting in the city of the Saint, on over 115,000 square meters of exhibition space in the exhibition center. Sold out for months, with sixteen hundred exhibitors and more than five thousand cars protagonists of the great motoring event, but above all many initiatives for the public and thematic exhibitions, with manufacturers and museums at the forefront to tell their story.
Motorsport is told to vintage cars and motorbikes
Large red heart-shaped steering wheels have been ready for days to welcome visitors to Padua at the largest fair in Europe dedicated to vintage cars. Because heart rhymes with love and with an engine, and the numbers of this edition are, today more than ever, a confirmation of this. Sold out since this summer, exhibitors left with a dry mouth, clubs competing for the last available square meter, and pre-sale tickets sold like hot cakes. It will be nostalgia, it will be the desire for recovery, it will be that dreams are made of suggestions, shapes, colors, scents, noises. And above all of memories. And Auto e Moto d’Epoca, with its red heart-shaped steering wheel, is all of this. As always, there are many stories that run through the eleven pavilions of this edition, starting from the passion for Motorsport, with unique exhibitions and models from dealers and private collections: “Italy that invented racing” created in collaboration with the Mauto – | National Automobile Museum and the Veloce Classic Collection in London, is dedicated to the Italian brands that have marked the history of two and four-wheeled competitions, and brings to Padua world-class models that have crossed the finish line of the most important competitions, such as the Lancia -Ferrari D50 from 1955, queen of the 1956 world championship with Juan Manuel Fangio at the wheel, and the Maserati 26B from 1928, the second racing car built by the Maserati brothers in the Bologna workshops.
The sixteen extraordinary prototypes of the Bertone Collection also arrive at Vintage Cars and Motorcycles, exhibited in the large Asi Village of the Automotoclub Storico Italiano in pavilion four. “Universo Bertone” illustrates the fifty years of style signed by the famous Turin coachbuilder, with milestones such as the Lamborghini Miura, Nuccio Bertone’s personal car, and unique models and concept cars that amazed the world in the most important international motor shows of the time, set up on chassis of 14 different European and American manufacturers, demonstrating Bertone’s incredible versatility in the creative and design field: from the 1969 Autobianchi Runabout Concept to the Ferrari Rainbow, to the Chevrolet Ramarro, Lotus Emotion, Porsche Karisma, Lancia Kayak, Lotus Emotion, Aston Martin Jet2 and Jaguar B99. And to tell about “Universo Bertone” will be the last design managers of the company founded in 1912 by Giovanni Bertone and taken over after World War II by his son Nuccio: Luciano D’Ambrosio, head of Stile Bertone from 1993 to 2000, Giuliano Biasio, his successor until 2006, David Wilkie (2006-2009) and Mike Robinson, Design Director until 2014, when the company went out of business after more than one hundred years of history. Aci Storico instead celebrates, in pavilion three, the golden age of Superturism with the great drivers and cars of the 80s and 90s such as Alessandro Nannini’s 1992 Alfa Gta and Roberto’s Bmw M3 2500 1992. Ravaglia. Also in the Aci Stand, the Lancia Endurance exhibition tells the story of Lancia Martini’s adventure on the track with three motorsport icons from the Macaluso Foundation: the Beta Montecarlo, the LC1 and the LC2. For lovers of two wheels, a Moto Guzzi exhibition tells, decade after decade, the history of the house with models such as the Sport 500 produced between 1924 and 1928, the Motoleggera 65 Guzzino, the Galletto 160/175/192, the V7 Sport 750, to arrive at the MGX-21 1400 of 2016.
Fuoriserie, restomod and Futuro
The fascination of classic cars stuffed with technology: the restomod is an increasingly widespread trend in our country too, which is told to Vintage Cars and Motorcycles in the Citroën brought by the 2CV Méhari Club Cassis, which restores and converts classic cars into electric. For lovers of “custom-built” Made in Italy, the Effeffe by the Frigerio brothers is instead a tribute to the sporting passion of the 50s and 60s entirely hand made, and designed with an elegance of yesteryear. “For almost 40 years the show has built a bond of trust with the public and exhibitors, thanks to three fundamental pillars: quality, passion, innovation” – explains Mario Carlo Baccaglini, organizer of the show. “Auto e Moto d’Epoca is always beautiful, it is always the largest market in Europe for historic cars and spare parts and it is always the best place to find the classic of your dreams. In each edition we develop new thematic exhibitions and new lines of study, investing and working with our partners to show an unprecedented facet of the Heritage passion. Classic heritage always has something to say and Padua is the right place to discover it ”. They look ahead by telling the Stellantis and Mercedes-Benz tradition, which in Padua go back to the origins of their electrification path, reaching the latest models. Specifically, Stellantis recounts 50 years of research into the New 500 Red, starting with the innovative concept car Fiat X1 / 23 from 1974, one of the first examples in the world of electric-powered city cars. Mercedes-Benz, on the other hand, is exhibiting the pioneer 190 E Elektro, an experimental model with an electric motor for each of the two rear wheels, presented in Hanover in the 1990s, while at the other end of the evolution is the flagship Eqs, top of the electrification of the Mercedes-EQ brand. The main Italian clubs and historical registers were all present, exhibiting the most prestigious cars and events of the next season at the show. The Vintage Cars and Motorcycles Fair has been elected as the stage to announce the most awaited dates of all the events organized under the sign of the Red Arrow, starting from the 1000 Miglia 2022 scheduled for 15 to 18 June, while the second edition of the Cup delle Alpi by 1000 Miglia has been included in the calendar from 9 to 12 March. There are also many innovations in the world of spare parts, with more than 600 restoration specialists and craftsmen; and this year the Heritage Department of Stellantis is also showcasing restored models and spare parts back into production.
the largest market and the cars of the heart
The numbers of cars for sale in Padua are always record-breaking, with a market that is confirmed as the largest in Europe. And walking through the Auto and Moto d’Epoca pavilions, the heart beats for incredible models such as the Reds brought by Gipimotor and Carrozzeria Scartapatti, the 250 GT Drogo, the 308 GTB Gr.4 developed by Facetti and the 250 GT Pininfarina certified Ferrari Classiche. One of the legendary Stratos and the 1953 Fiat 8V, the second ever built after the 6 pre-series, arrive in the largest stand ever set up in Padua by Ruote da Sogno, AutoLuce exhibits the Alfa Romeo 155 V6 Ti conceived to participate in the German DTM championship in the class up to 2.5 liters, and from Holland Fine Automobiles brings a Bugatti T37 from 1926, the Alfa Romeo TZ from 1964, and the Bugatti T57C Gangloff special convertible. A chapter of Italian history is the one told by Auto Classic, which makes its 1939 Fiat 2800 Cabriolet Stabilimenti Farina Torpedo Reale debut in Padua, a car desired and created by Benito Mussolini for King Vittorio Emanuele III, and also used by President Luigi Einaudi and by his successor Giovanni Gronchi. But the classic car doesn’t just make the heart beat, and for many it becomes an investment opportunity, as confirmed by the presence of the Hetica Klassic Fund in Padua, the first investment fund dedicated to vintage cars, launched by the Swiss group Hetica Capital, and the presentation of the Classic Car Auction Yearbook 2020-2021 by Adolfo Orsi and Raffaele Gazzi, a point of reference in the world of collecting that tells the trend in the prices of vintage cars offered in the main world auctions of the previous 12 months.
Timetables and prices
Pre-opening Thursday 21 October from 9.00 to 18.00 cost 45 euros; 22 and 23 October from 9.00 to 19.00 cost 30 euros; Sunday 24 October from 9.00 to 19.00 cost 25 euros. Reduced Saturday and Sunday 20 euros from 13 to 17 years and disabled, free under 12 years.
October 20 – 4pm
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