In 1914, after the murder of Archduke Francesco Ferdinando in Sarajevo, Austria declared war on Serbia, leading to World War I. The conflict would last for 4 years, during which most European car companies were forced to gradually convert their production, totally or partially, to something more lucrative and timely, namely warfare. At the end of W...

More than a dozen Ferraris were abandoned in a Texas field for nearly a decade after their owner became seriously ill and missed warehouse storage payments.  Even after the payments were made, the cars became stuck there for almost 10 years as the collector's family fought through legal proceedings.    Now the value of the collection, which could h...

Riguarda gli americani, però è sempre suggestivo immaginare l'ipotetico aspetto futuro di auto che portano nomi così prestigiosi come Alfa Romeo e Maserati. Il Gruppo FCA, sezione statunitense, ha organizzato un concorso di design per studenti delle scuole superiori americane. La competizione si chiama Drive for Design, il nome spiega tutto. La sfi...

As the field of science progressed throughout the Renaissance, it took an Italian, the first engineer, the famous Leonardo da Vinci, to think in concrete terms of an idea similar to that of modern era automobile. Then in 1769, Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot, a French engineer, invented the steam dray, a low, strong cart used for transporting heavy loads. Th...

The famous Mille Miglia (meaning a thousand miles) is a very popular open road race in Italy, which had originally taken place 24 times, from 1927 till 1957. Much like the earlier Italian races of Carrera Panamericana and the Targa Florio, Mille Miglia has made many sports car makers world-famous such as Porsche, Maserati, Ferrari and Alfa Romeo. I...

Imagine being 10 years old and your after-school activities include taking notes while riding shotgun at 180km/h through the streets of Modena in a brand-new, fresh off the assembly line Maserati. Sounds implausible, but that’s exactly how Dr Adolfo Orsi Jnr spent his formative years in Italy. “I was lucky because my house was not far from the fact...

To our memory, we don't think that it ever existed in any world-class sports competition a dominion equal to that for years exercised by the Dallara, Italian excellence, in the Indianapolis 500, the more than a hundred years old mythical car race, the most famous in the world in the collective imagination of insiders, enthusiasts or just curious. T...

For decades, Italian cars ruled the streets when it came to style. Sure there were some good looking cars from other places, but nothing that could come close to the best from the likes of Pininfarina, Bertone, and even from in-house designers at Alfa and Lamborghini. But when it came to power, the Americans were the default choice. Sure a screamin...

Since its return to the North American market back in 2014, Alfa Romeo has remained a bit of an unknown to the majority of consumers. Prior to 2014, Alfa Romeo hadn't sold a car in the US since 1995, unless you count the highly limited 8C sports car, so you can forgive people for not being well-acquainted with the Italian brand. The situation certa...

Grand prix competition visited Monza long before the inception of Formula 1 and the World Championship in 1950, as the major manufacturers of the automotive world did battle around the unique oval and road course venue. Fast forward 70 years and it remains a mesmerising venue, as Formula 1 drivers scream between the trees at the Parco di Monza at s...