2019 Auto Italian Icons dipslay this weekend

By: Peter Camm, Photos: Adam Talic

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Italian Auto Icons to pay tribute to 1956 Maserati 250F and Reg Hunt at this weekend's display

Italian Auto Icons 
Sunday 3 March
10:00am - 3:00pm
Lygon Street, Carlton, Vic

At this year's Italian Auto Icons display, the event organisers are putting on a special feature of a replica 1956 Maserati 250 F - which dominated in podium awards at the 1956 Australian Grand Prix held at Melbourne's Albert Park Race track.  

There were five 250 F Maseratis entered in the 1956 race, with four cars finishing in the top five placings. Among those top four were race winner Stirling Moss and Reg Hunt, finishing in 4th position. Reg established a career as a competitive and successful racing driver during the 1950s in Australia where his 250 F won many races. 

italian-auto-icons-7.jpgReg Hunt (on the right) standing next to a 1968 Maserati Ghibli

He retired from racing Maseratis in the late 1950's to establish Reg Hunt Motors in Melbourne where his General Motors/Holden dealership became Australia's largest Holden dealer outlet.

Reg will be a special guest at the event on Sunday 3 March, where at 12:45pm a presentation will be made to recognise his contiribution to Maserati, Australian car racing and to the Australian Automotive Industry.

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In addition to a quality range of 85 vintage, rare and current models of Italian classic cars, a select range of Italian motorcycles and scooters (50 in total) will be on display.

There will also be some rare and iconic cars being displayed as part of following special themes:

  • Abarth 70 year Anniversary - seven feature cars, mainly Fiat Abarths
  • Zagato 100 year Anniversary - a display of seven rare Zagato body-designed cars
  • "Three Dino Amigos" - a display of three early 1970s originally restored cars: Fiat 2400 Spider, Lancia Stratos and a Ferrari 264A. All have a Ferrari-designed engine, named after Enzo Ferrari's son, Dino.

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Plus there will be a range of vintage cars from the 1910s to WW2-era, including two cars with Italian design and engineering connections that raced in the Le Mans 24 Hour event in 1925 and 1937. There will also be a range of vintage Fiat 501s to showcase the car's 100th anniversary.

Free public access to the event from 10:00am to 3:00 pm, Sunday 3 March.

Contact: italianautoicons.com

 

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