Cars & Aviation

Classic Car Tour Marks Iconic Movie’s 50th Anniversary

(Photo: Nathan Wong via Flickr)
(Photo: Nathan Wong via Flickr)

Classic car owners are being invited to commemorate the 50th anniversary of iconic movie The Italian Job on an 11-day driving tour which takes in many of the famous roads and locations featured in the film.

The Ultimate Italian Job Tour, created by Classics on the Road, specialists in organising tours and events for classic and sports cars, and the Jaguar E-type Club, will treat drivers and their companions to some of Europe’s most fabulous roads and scenery as its route passes through France, Italy and Switzerland in October 2019.

Highlights of the Tour will include a driving experience on the rooftop test track of Fiat’s former Lingotto factory in Turin, which appeared in the movie’s legendary car chase; driving some of the most spectacular mountain roads in Europe; and an evening with key personalities involved in making the film.

Participants will be accompanied throughout the 1,400-mile drive by a swarm of red, white and blue Minis, and by the red Jaguar E-type roadster, orange Lamborghini Miura P400, and silver Aston Martin DB4 convertible seen in the movie.

The Tour visits the St. Bernard Pass, scene of the film’s opening credits, where the Miura was blown-up in a tunnel and the E-type and DB4 also met their fates.

While in Turin, guests will spend a few days in the company of The Italian Job producer Michael Deeley, stunt director Rémy Julienne and actor David Salamone, who played Dominic, one of Charlie Croker’s gang of ‘Chinless Wonders’.

The three-day Italian Job experience will also include a private screening of the film; a ‘soirée’ hosted by Field; a Walking Tour in the city of car-chase locations with commentary by Field, visiting the Baroque staircase of the Palazzo Madama, the crowded porticoes on Via Roma, the cathedral steps and the weir on the River Po. Tour participants will also receive a copy of his book.

In keeping with its theme, the Ultimate Italian Job Tour is open exclusively to E-types, and to pre-1970 Lamborghinis, Aston Martins, and Minis.

Philip Porter commented: “The Ultimate Italian Job Tour is going to be amazing. It will be unique and probably the last opportunity to celebrate this iconic movie with key people from the film, combined with fantastic driving, the star cars and informed visits to most of the charismatic locations”.

The price - €5,495 per person in double occupancy or €6,575 per person in single occupancy – includes accommodation in four- and five-star hotels in France and Italy, three lunches and 10 dinners.

Other inclusive perks a private evening screening of The Italian Job; and guided visits to the Domaine Pommery champagne cellars, Arc-et-Senans Royal Saltworks, Museo Nazionale dell Automobile in Turin, Mont Blanc Skyway, and Matisse Museum in Le Cateau-Cambrésis.