Last weekend I flew to Padova with an ensemble of danish classic car fans. We were on a three-day trip arranged by Stelvio Automobili north of Copenhagen. It was a very nice trip with all the ingredients that make up a perfect visit to Italy. Terrible breakfast but wonderful dinner in the evening at a couple of selected restaurants. Jan Paustian and Daniele Dezzi from Stelvio know their way around Padova from many previous visits.
At the Alfa Romeo stand I met with Marco Fazio of the Centro Documentazione; a gentleman I have been wishing to meet ever since we exchanged emails a couple of years ago, when I was planning to follow the Mille Miglia. I congratulated him on the wonderful stand they had built; by far the best in the whole exhibition, and we admired the P2 Gran Premio. He assured me that the Alfa Romeo museum in Arese would reopen and become part of a huge mall on the old Alfa Romeo grounds, where the centro documentazione would also remain. I think it is a good idea; the buildings are good examples of italian industrial architecture from that period, and now that all trace of the original Portello factory has been absolutely erased - it is good that something will remain from the Arese factory.
When I politely asked if the exhibited 6c2500SS on the Touring stand was an "ala spessa" model, I seemed to surprise the gentleman who was standing next to the blood-red sports car. (The ala spessa shape was designed by Touring and were among the first to have integrated front-and-rear-wings; a very modern design element at the time). He confirmed that, yes this was a re-creation of one of the four cars built for the 1939 Tobruk-Tripoli race. It is a wonderful package of compact and powerful apperance combined with extreme lightness and a flowing overall design. I asked if they knew about the example that was fitted with electro-magnetic gasoline injection?! The gentleman consulted his fellow exhibitor - but they didn´t ... (read about it here: GTI car from 1940)
Then it turned out that the gentleman I was talking to was Giovanni Bianchi Anderloni, the son of Carlo Felice Bianchi Anderloni and grandson of Felice Bianchi Anderloni. He is vice president in the old Touring register - not to be confused with the present Touring Superleggera company. The name was sold back in 1966 after Carlo Felice's company folded; it was taken over by Carrozzeria Marazzi and has been sold on a couple of times since. The good news is that both the Touring Supperleggera (owned by Route Borani) and the International register sees to that cars are registered and restored.
So I met two very important men this weekend!