Italian Car & Motorcycle Day

21 February 2018

Report: ITCAM: Sunday June 3

We presented our third Italian Car and Motorcycle Day at Newby Hall near Ripon in North Yorkshire on the first weekend in June. Despite a dodgy-looking and (as it proved) inaccurate weather forecast, cars, bikes and people turned up in their hundreds to enjoy a perfect family day out courtesy of the AROC Yorkshire Section. The ‘promised’ showers simply didn’t arrive and we were left with a bright and warm day in which to enjoy our Italianate surroundings.

This was in stark contrast to the day before the event when we were setting-out the events field prior to the event. It absolutely poured down and we volunteers were left drenched to the skin as the rain – if anything – fell harder. Finally, we were forced to admit defeat and abandon our preparations until the following morning.

And so it was that around 9:30am on Sunday we were ready and remarkably the first of our exhibiting Italian cars and bikes started to arrive even though it was a full hour before the event ‘officially’ began. As is the (happy) characteristic of the Newby Hall estate, our events field had drained really well from the deluge the day before and the grass wasn’t even damp.

We were pleased to see Nick Wright and the Club Van arrive early doors along with Danielle with the Club Shop. Quickly following were the Stoneacre guys who brought with them new examples of a Stevio, a Giulia, a Fiat 500 and a Fiat 124 Spider from their Chesterfield showroom for us to drool over. Paul Jones and Matt Manners from Stoneacre were ably assisted on the day by our own Duncan Langford and Mr & Mrs Mike Hill.

There were many more fine Italian motorcycles in attendance this year and both the Ducati and Moto Guzzi Clubs arrived early in the day to set up their stands before the bikes started to literally pour in. There were too many highlights for us among the incredible range of cars of all Italian makes on display for us to pick out. The diversity of cars attending was amazing and ranged from a humble Fiat Panda to a Lamborghini Murciélago. We had lots of Lancias and a great number of Maseratis and Ferraris, including an immaculately-restored and first time out Ferrari 365 GTC. We even had a Minari!

So, we have to give a big thank you to all the people who made ITCAM 3 happen. Briefly, The AROC Yorkshire Section folk, Stuart, Jeff and Dave from Newby Hall, all of our volunteer marshals, our site erectors, Toasties of Harrogate (the catering people), Alan and Michael (the stall holders and charity people), Chris and Chris from the Ducati and Moto Guzzi Clubs respectively, the Ferrari and Maserati Clubs, all the exhibitors who brought along their pristine Italian cars and motorcycles to the Show and the general public who visited to support the Show. Not forgetting those who stayed back after the event to take everything down and put it away!

Special thanks to Paul and Matt from Stoneacre at Chesterfield (and volunteer drivers) who stepped in at a late stage to help us by providing a range of new Alfa Romeo and Fiat vehicles for display and to Nick, Lis, Duncan and Peter from AROC HQ along with Danielle from the Club Shop. We thank you for and value your support!

Many and whole-hearted thanks to everybody involved and who took the time out to visit us for making our event a success. It was our biggest turn-out yet and the event continues to grow year on year. We’ll see if we can do it all again in 2019!

Thank you!

Pictures by Nick Wright, Colin Metcalfe, Nicholas Williamson and Stuart Merton.

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