Recently the TT track in the north of The Netherlands hosted the event Viva Italia celebrating the Italian automotive lifestyle. Marcel Romijn reports.
Walking through the paddocks in this beautiful weather reveals at least one thing, automotive passion is alive. Not just with the older generation, for whom the car still means individual freedom, but with the young and children as well. Families, often including grandparents, are wandering from car to car, not forgetting about the motorbikes, and share memories. Memories of times when a Ferrari or Lamborghini, classics now but new at the time, overtook them in alpine tunnels during a holiday trip. Of perhaps that same trip in a Fiat 128, or even longer ago with a Fiat 850. Some reminisce on more recent memories, like their first Italian car, which quite often seems to be an Alfa Romeo 33.
Let’s not forget the new memories being made. Many owners of newer and classic Italian cars or bikes are brave enough to take some laps on the track. The shout of a Lamborghini Aventador is haunted by the scream of an Alfa Romeo 4C. Both are followed by a number of small Fiat’s with their two-cylinder engines hard at work. No need to say today you’ll find anything in between. A little boy gets to sit in the driver’s seat of a Ferrari. A memory that will stay with him forever. This is why even Notherners love the Italian way of life. The passion of the Tifosi, their way of building engines that appear to be alive, creating vehicles that border on human nature. Italy used to be far away. A completely different world South of the Alps, where things were done in a way that didn’t suit the sober ways of the North. Or did they?
On the way out roads and highway crossings are lined with people wanting to see and, not in the least, to hear the over a thousand visiting Italian machines on two or four wheels pass by. Truth be told, many of them would never want to have to live with some of the quirks of an Italian motor, but there seems to be no one that can resist the look and sound of them. That’s why near everyone is passionate about Italian style.