Posted Jul 21st 2012 6:04PM
Rosso Corsa set the event grounds ablaze with rare hints of black, yellow and silver scattered about. Italian Car Day 2012 is the second annual event that draws out many rare cars from their hiding spots tucked away in the garages of Ital-Canadians. The venue of Boyd Conservation Area is right in the core of one of the highest concentrations of Italians outside Italy - Woodbridge, Ontario. And along with the strong sense of heritage, comes a passion for all things made in Italy on four wheels.
Every Italian marque was represented including: Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Alfa Romeo, FIAT, Lancia, DeTomaso and well, Vespa 3-wheelers too. On the two-wheel side of things were Vespa again but also high performance makes such as Ducati, Moto Guzzi and Aprilia. However, the focus on this day were the cars of collectors and shops all trying to secure bragging rights. Engineered Automotive of Concord, Ontario rocked the crowd with a Ferrari F40 worth $1 Million, then upped the ante with a rare Maserati 200si worth $4 million! This particular 200si recently won the Amelia Island Concours D'Elegance and was raced by the legendary Sir Stirling Moss in '56 outrunning the Ferraris! The naked shell of this classic shaved critical weight off but it is certainly a rare spotting in any finish. Oh, and this Canadian-owned classic also bagged Best of Show, no shocker there.
Beyond that, the FIATs and Alfas were plentiful since the cost of entry to these clubs is affordable. We did see a couple notables from both makes, a widebody turbo FIAT X1-9 and an Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione. The Lamborghini camp was surprisingly small but then again it could just be bad blood that only drew out some brave Diablos, Gallardos and a lone Jalpa. The Lancias were also scarce but then again, they have never sold them here however importation laws mean that 15 year old (or older) Lancia Delta Integrales were in attendance and we were smitten!
However, the make that everyone expected to dominate was Ferrari and they did not disappoint. The prancing horse paraded around in nearly every model, trim, era and condition but it was the F40, 599XX and Nigel Mansell's 1990 F1 machine and that totally made the show for us.
But enough of the chit-chat, we'll let the picture gallery do it's thing.
Image Credit: Copyright 2012 Dave Pankew / AOL