The 23rd re-enactment of the Castell'Arquato-Vernasca hill climb, open only to racing cars built from the early 20C to 1972, takes place from 29 June to 1 July.
Lining up at the start will be the magnificent 1900 Sport Spider dating from 1954, made available by the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo in Arese.
The car is fresh from delighting the crowds at the Mille Miglia, in which it was driven by Coldplay bass player Guy Berryman.
FCA Heritage is the organisation formed to conserve and promote the company's historic legacy, at the service of collectors and also ordinary fans of the cars and history of the Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Lancia and Abarth brands.
The 2018 edition of the Vernasca Silver Flag, the historic re-enactment of the Castell'Arquato-Vernasca hill climb staged between 1953 and 1972, will be held from 29 June to 1 July. The erstwhile stopwatches have been abandoned and today the event takes the form of a "dynamic conservation and restoration concours" - the cars parade on roads closed to the traffic at restricted speeds - open only to racing cars built from the origins of motoring to the early Seventies.
Organised by the Club Piacentino Automotoveicoli d'Epoca, this year the "Vernasca Silver Flag" is being held for the 23rd time. FCA Heritage will again have its own stand at the event, and will be fielding a fine historic Alfa Romeo brand car: the 1900 Sport Spider built in 1954.
It is an extremely rare racing spider - produced in just two units - equipped with the 4-cylinder twin-cam dry sump "1900" engine, with maximum power boosted to 138 HP, enabling it to reach a speed of 220 km/h, thanks to a weight of just 880 kg and particularly efficient aerodynamics. With its innovative Bertone design, the 1900 Sport Spider comes with a 5-speed transmission and a De Dion rear axle: performance and handling worthy of a modern car, responsive and reliable, with outstanding road-holding abilities.
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Three-hundred and sixty-five Pandas welcome Panda Waze – It’s a record!
The Fiat Panda gathering in Pandino beats all records and becomes the biggest Panda meeting in the world.
The guest of honour was the new Panda Waze, the first city car to proudly display the Waze name and integrate the Waze navigation app into the Panda Uconnect app, as well as being the most socially connected Panda ever.
The colourful crew of Fiat Panda, counting many one-of-a-kind versions, met up in front of Pandino Castle and 200 cars spelled out the words "Panda Waze".
Panda has been Europe's best-selling city car for the last 14 years, without a single break, and is undisputed leader in Italy.
The second edition of "Panda a Pandino", the international gathering of Panda owners from all across Europe - from Germany, Belgium, Spain, Italy, the UK and Austria - took place yesterday on June 24. In short, there is a Panda for everyone every day, for all nationalities and all ages, and 365 of them met up in Pandino breaking all records and making this the biggest Panda gathering in the world.
Guest of honour of this second edition was the new Panda Waze, the most socially connected Panda ever, and rather aptly, one could say, since this event came into fruition on social media. The original idea started as little more than a joke in 2017 when a young Panda owner from the south of Italy announced on Facebook her intention to drive with her friends in their little car - popularly known as "Pandino" in Italian - to the town in the north of the country of the same name. And word of mouth, typical of the social media channels, saw to the rest. On 18 June 2017, the official date of the first edition, more than than 200 past and present Fiat Panda cars turned up, from all over Italy.
The crews met up in front of Pandino Castle, the striking hunting residence of the Visonti family which dates back to the mid-1300s, where an event in the event was staged when some 200 cars spelled out the words "Panda Waze" with the aid of colourful boards to welcome the new Panda Waze. The lively procession then left the castle to parade through several nearby towns and villages over a 27 kilometre route: first the lovely village of Gradella with its distinctive yellow-painted houses trimmed with red bricks, and then on to Rivolta d'Adda and Spino d'Adda.
Pandino castle dominates an area which is home to time-honoured local produce, like the Pandinella cheese, and the location of the one-of-a-kind Pandino Cheese School founded in 1954, with a dairy managed directly by the school. The area also has a strong motoring tradition: just a few kilometres from the castle is charming Gradella, officially recognised as one of Italy's loveliest hamlets, so dear to the heart of Count Aymo Maggi (1903-1961) who was one of the creators of the legendary "Mille Miglia" car race in 1927.
The success of Fiat Panda is extraordinary in itself. The model has uniquely embodied a more spontaneous, carefree approach to everyday motoring ever since 1980. Remarkably, over 7.5 million have been made since it was first launched. Some of the proud participants to the event were special enough to receive one of the 11 prizes offered by the organisers. Prizes were given out to the best equipped Panda, the oldest Panda in show, the Panda that came from the further afield and the most extravagant Panda. Proceeds from "Panda a Pandino 2018" Will be managed by Consulta dei Giovani, the entity organizing the event together with various associations and with the City of Pandino to restructure recreational spaces for families with disabled people.
The Panda Waze is the first city car to proudly display the Waze name and integrate the Waze navigation app into the Panda Uconnect app, in addition to being the most socially connected Panda ever, firmly in line with the genuine core of the Fiat model's mission to make the smartest solutions, which simplify and improve life at the wheel, affordable for all. After all, Fiat Panda has always set technological records in its segment. For example, as well as being the first city car with 4WD (1983), the Panda was also the first car in its segment to win the coveted "Car of the Year" title (2004), and in the same year, it was also the first city car to climb to an altitude of 5,200 metres to the Everest base camp. The long series of records continued in 2006 when Fiat Panda became the first natural gas fuelled city car to be mass produced. In 2013 it was the first car in its class to introduce an "autonomous city braking" function. And today it is the first city car to proudly display the Waze name and integrating the functions of the app in its infotainment system.
An impressive list of achievements reflected by equally impressive commercial success, for a model which, together with Fiat 500, has been Europe's best-selling city car since 2003.
The leadership confirmed also during the first four months of 2018, when Panda and Fiat 500 headed their segments in Europe with a market share of 29.1%,. The car is the resounding first first in Italy (with a market share of just under 40%) and Greece and in the first three places in Spain, Portugal and Austria.
Italian Carabinieri takes delivery of liveried Jeep® Wrangler
The delivery further reinforces the strong bond between the Carabinieri State Police and the FCA Group.
A special relationship focused on security.
The brand's most iconic model will patrol the beaches between Cattolica and Bellaria day and night.
A security measure adopted in Italy for the first time, thanks to Jeep® Wrangler's unsurpassed off-road capability.
The legendary SUV can deal with any terrain to guarantee constant surveillance and quick intervention, to prevent crime and protect residents and holidaymakers.
Versatility and functionality of Jeep SUVs grant the freedom to go anywhere, in utmost safety.
The Italian Carabinieri has taken delivery of a special Jeep® Wrangler it will use to patrol the beaches of Romagna this summer, protecting residents and holidaymakers.
Wearing the force's eye-catching livery, the vehicle was presented this afternoon in Rome at a ceremony in the grounds of the Carabinieri High Command, in the presence of Commander-in-Chief Giovanni Nistri, Vice Commander Riccardo Amato, FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne and EMEA Region COO Alfredo Altavilla.
Once in active service, the Wrangler will be used for surveillance work on the Romagna Riviera, and more specifically the 30 km of beach between Cattolica and Bellaria that includes the popular resorts of Rimini and Riccione.
It will be the first time such an operation - designed to provide even greater safeguards and security during the busy summer season - will have been conducted in Italy.
Synonymous with off-road excellence, the Wrangler given to the Carabinieri is powered by a 2.8-litre CRD turbodiesel engine with automatic transmission. Its unique characteristics are enhanced by the high-performance Mopar® One Pack - a special customisation that enables the vehicle to handle more extreme off-road terrain in complete safety. The pack includes a 2-inch lift kit by Fox Performance, front steering stabiliser, 17-inch x 8.5-inch Performance Gladiator black alloy rims, extra-large 32-inch all-terrain tyres, front and rear moulded splash guards and side mudguard extensions.
In addition, the iconic Jeep SUV has also been fitted out with an array of specialist Carabinieri features, including a flashing light, siren with telescopic mounting, machine gun holder, two signalling disc holders and a portable radio.
Fully fitted, the unstoppable 4x4 will give the Carabinieri a round-the-clock presence and ensure the patrol is able to respond quickly to any incidents along the shoreline, with its advanced 4x4 system adapting effortlessly to all terrains including road surfaces and sandy beaches. While the Carabinieri guarantee people's safety everywhere, Jeep Wrangler is able to take them anywhere they need to go.
The Jeep brand originated with the military: Jeep Wrangler is the true descendant of the 1941 Willys Overland MA/MB, the all-terrain vehicle that gave birth to the Jeep legend. It is remembered not only as a symbol of freedom but also as a rescue vehicle, due to its invaluable service during the Second World War, when it was used as a troop carrier, reconnaissance vehicle and ambulance.
The model's evolution has led to the development of the classic design elements that still make every Jeep distinctive. The 1945 CJ-2A model already featured the seven-slot front grill, and over time this design cue has become one of the brand's most genuine, iconic symbols. Ever since, the brand has always remained true to its roots, while still looking firmly to the future. Other signature features include the round headlights, the trapezoidal wheel arches and the almost vertical windscreen.
As well as the Jeep Wrangler, a large number of FCA range models were also on display at the official ceremony in the Force's livery, reflecting the historic partnership between the Group and the Carabinieri. The relationship was born after the Second World War, when all the Force's patrol cars had the Alfa Romeo brand on their radiator grills, starting from the Giulietta and moving on to its direct descendant, the Giulia. The latter, in particular, was the car that introduced state-of-the-art concepts in the 1970s, combining excellent speed and agility with outstanding reliability. Over time, as needs changed and evolved, the Group has gone on to supply cars with different characteristics, to satisfy every requirement. For example, on show today was the superlative Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, used for special missions such as transporting organs and blood, as well as for escort duties at official ceremonies. Alongside it were the Alfa Romeo Giulietta and the various Fiat cars: Tipo 5 Porte and Panda 4x4, the agile city car with an off-road personality. The display also included two Fiat Professional models - the Doblò and Ducato - used by the dog handler and bomb disposal corps respectively and the first off-road vehicle to be used by the Carabinieri, the Fiat Campagnola, introduced in the 1950s.
Today, thanks to the Wrangler - which joins the Renegade already in service and on display at the ceremony to underline the unique bond with the Jeep brand - the vehicle supply to the Carabinieri is further expanded in order to meet the claim 'Go Anywhere, Do Anything', belonging to vehicles with outstanding characteristics for extraordinary missions on any terrain.
Abarth 124 rally on the podium: Nucita-Vozzo third overall in the Rally Zelezniki in Slovenia
Third place overall and victory in the R-GT class for Andrea Nucita (ITA) and Marco Vozzo (ITA) in the Rally Zelezniki in Slovenia.
Andrea Modanesi (ITA) and Roberto Mometti (ITA) prove their dirt road prowess by winning the R-GT in the Rally San Marino, valid for the Italian Championship.
Martin Rada (CZE) and Jaroslav Jugas (CZE) delivered a spectacular performance in the Rally Bohemia, in the Czech Republic.
The Abarth 124 rally is becoming more and more competitive at all levels, and last weekend it recorded an excellent third place overall and victory in the R-GT class in the Rally Zelezniki, valid for the Slovenian Championship.
So there is no sign of a break in this car's sequence of R-GT wins, as last weekend it also enabled up-and-coming young driver Andrea Modanesi (ITA), with Roberto Mometti (ITA), to win the class in the Rally San Marino, valid for the Italian Championship.
This brings to 17 the total number of R-GT victories achieved this season by Abarth 124 rally drivers in 8 different national championships.
Nucita-Vozzo's win in Slovenia was emphasised by the thrilling third place overall, achieved in a race where the line-up also included ten or so latest-generation four-wheel drive cars. The route, on typical Alpine roads, with climbs and descents and hairpin after hairpin alternating with faster sections, highlighted the Abarth 124 rally's superlative handling and speed, enabling the Italian driver to record the best time overall in one of the rally's longest special stages.
In the Slovenian Championship Nucita, who drives for the Bernini Rally team, had already won the R-GT class and finished third overall in the season-opening Rally Vipavska, delighting the large crowds with his spectacular driving style, ably assisted by the Abarth 124 rally's rear-wheel drive.
Andrea Nucita: "In my view, this second top-three finish confirms the Abarth 124 rally's speed on difficult courses like this weekend's: long climbs and treacherous descents did not create any problems for our car, and by achieving high top speeds we were able to perform very well in the time trials, actually coming out faster than four-wheel drive cars.".
For Nucita, this race also provided practice in the run-up to the forthcoming Rally di Roma Capitale, to be held from 20 to 22 July, valid for the FIA R-GT Cup, the GT world championship. After the first two races (the Rallye de Montecarlo and the Tour de Corse), 4 Abarth 124 rally cars occupy the top 4 places in the championship standings, with Frenchman Raphael Astier leading, ahead of Nucita.
From the fast tarmac roads of the Slovenian Alps to the more winding dirt roads of the Rally San Marino, the Abarth 124 rally also enables younger drivers to gain experience and win the class. In the fifth race in the Italian Rally Championship, very young driver Andrea Modanesi (ITA), partnered by Marco Vozzo (ITA), tackled a dirt road course for the first time in his racing career, and managed to finish the very testing race at the top of the R-GT rankings.
Modanesi: "It was a very tough race, but the heat, the dust and the very uneven surfaces along the route did not present any problem for the reliability of the Abarth 124 rally, so I was able to gain experience on low-grip surfaces, which require a different driving style from the one used on tarmac".
The Abarth 124 rally's rear-wheel drive offered a spectacular display on the humps and hair-pins of the Rally San Marino.
There was also sporting excitement in the Rally Bohemia, valid for the Czech Republic Championship, where Martin Rada (CZE) and Jaroslav Jugas (CZE), in the Abarth 124 rally of the Agrotec Abarth Czech Team, gave a good account of themselves in the early stages of the race but were then forced to retire. They will be able to make up for this at the Barum Czech Rally Zlin, from 24 to 26 August, also valid for the FIA R-GT Cup, when they will be able to support the other Abarth drivers taking part in the international series.
Alfa Romeo Enthusiasm Lights Up Vernasca Silver Flag 2018
The 23rd edition of the Vernasca Silver Flag, the re-enactment of the Castell'Arquato-Vernasca hillclimb that was held from 1953 to 1972, has just ended. This year's edition was dedicated to the world of French races with 220 true beauties forming a unique travelling museum showcasing some the best in motorsports history. On the starting grid was the valuable 1900 Sport Spider made in 1954 from the Alfa Romeo Museum in Arese, an extremely rare racing spider of which only two were made. This gem is part of the collection of FCA Heritage, the organisation responsible for fostering and promoting the history of the company.
Although the Silver Flag is not a real race, its dynamic nature recreates genuine race day atmosphere. This is the magic of the event that excites both audience and crews. One of the awarded motorsport celebrities was Arturo Merzario in the 1900 Sport Spider and Bernard Darniche in a Lancia Stratos. An Alfa Romeo 2000 Sportiva got Best of Show for cars made after the war. This is one of the only two made and belongs to Axel Marx. The Swiss collector famously acquired the car after having courted for it for nearly thirty years.
The iconic Cesana-Sestriere hill climb, organised by the Turin Automobile Club, will be held on the hairpin bends of the Winter Olympics mountains from 6 to 8 July.
Alfa Romeo will be a special guest at this event, unrivalled in Italy for history, beauty of location and importance.
FCA Heritage will be present with two splendid Alfa Romeo cars that will act as trail-blazers for the competition: the Giulia GTA (1965) and the Giulia SS (1963).
Also on display will be the brand new Stelvio Quadrifoglio and Giulia Veloce TI: the legend never dies.
It is only a few days now to the 37th edition of the Cesana-Sestriere race- Giovanni Agnelli Trophy- or "CE-SE", as it is known in the racing world - first run in 1961 and now one of the key events in the world classic motor sports scene, also valid for the European and Italian Historic Hill Climb Championships. Over 120 drivers will get to rips with the spectacular 10.4 km course, which climbs from 1,300m a.s.l. in Cesana Torinese, to 2,035 in Sestriere, both famous international winter and summer tourism destinations.
FCA Heritage, the Group department dedicated to promoting the historic legacy of FCA's Italian brands, will be at this major event - at which Alfa Romeo is this year's guest of honour - confirming its interest in this constantly growing sector, popular with all segments of contemporary society and a source of added value for the modern automotive industry.More information is available at
During the event, onlookers will enjoy a close look at two splendid cars - the Giulia GTA (1965) and the Giulia SS (1963) - from the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo in Arese (
), which will be taking part as trail-blazers, together with the very latest production cars. There could be no better way of strongly reinforcing the individual brands' unique character on the worldwide scene: a heritage made up of cars and engineers, races and engines, style and innovation, that shaped technological progress and the history of racing during the last century.
Last but not least, Stelvio and Giulia cars, the models that embody the new Alfa Romeo generation, will also be on show at the Cesana - Sestriere. On the one hand, the first SUV in the brand's history, expressing the genuine "Alfa spirit" - thrilling driving experience, supreme performance and unforgettable style - in a sport utility. On the other, the multiple award-winning Giulia, immediately established at its launch in 2016 as the new Alfa Romeo paradigm and a source of inspiration for the future.
Giulia Sprint Speciale (1963)
The Giulia Sprint Speciale was an evolution - with 1,600 cc twin camshaft engine - of the Giulietta version of the same name, designed by Franco Scaglione for the Bertone carriage-works on the car's short-wheelbase chassis. It is one of his loveliest creations: long and wide (actually larger than the sedan), the Giulietta Sprint Speciale is an extremely low, streamlined coupé with sleek, curvy lines. The absence of bumpers and its large "shark mouth" radiator immediately gave it dream car status. But this sophisticated design was the outcome of meticulous aerodynamic research, which produced its low nose and distinctive cut-off rear. Performance was very impressive: its 1570 cc longitudinal front engine delivered 113 HP and powered the Giulia SS to a top speed of 191 km/h.
Giulia GTA (1965)
Of the Sixties Alfa Romeo models dearest to the hearts of the brand's fans, the Giulia Sprint GTA, undisputed queen of the racing scene, enjoys a very special status. Its line is virtually identical to that of the standard production "GT" cars with bodywork by Bertone: the "A" in the name stands for "Alleggerita", or "Lightweight", pointing to its most significant difference from the standard Sprint GT. The steel bodywork was replaced by ultra-light alloy panels and - thanks to the elimination of the antidrum panels, the paring down of the equipment and the use of 14" magnesium wheels - this cut the car's weight by more than 200 kg, giving a total of 745 kg compared to the 950 kg of the road Sprint GT. The 1570 cc twin camshaft engine was also modified to increase its power to 115 HP, for a top speed of over 185 km/h. The Museum's car still has a road setup, which differs from the Sprint GT in just a few details, including the simplified handles, the lighter badge, the front air inlets, the alloy wheels and the special interior.