Festival Italia, Brands Hatch, Sunday 18 August 2019

Many thanks go to club member Neil Mead for his efforts in encouraging a fine Barchetta presence at the Brands Hatch Festival Italia this year.  He confirms my view that our cars are at home in any company, not looking out of place next to very expensive and exotic vehicles.

Martin Garrad


Having attended the last three Festival Italia events, but always as part of the individual display area, this year, we decided to see how many members may be interested to display as the club.

Having attended the last three Festival Italia events, but always as part of the individual display area, this year, we decided to see how many members may be interested to display as the club.

I was really pleased with the response securing spaces for eight cars, especially as the event was the weekend before the big International Meeting so was always going to be tricky for some to fit it in the diary. In the past, I think the most Barchettas I have seen at the show was around four so looks like we managed to double that! The colourful Barchettas got many admiring glances even among all those Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Maseratis.

It was great to see some familiar faces and some new as well, hopefully encouraging another Barchetta owner to join who was there on the day as well.

A good day was had by all, even though the rain in the morning made it necessary to seek shelter for an hour or so but this is the UK in August so as expected.

The Festival is a good mix of display cars, clubs, racing and there is also some entertainment and food stalls so hopefully if it continues next year we can look to do it again and maybe get some more people along. Entry was free for the drivers of Italian cars who registered in advance and were accepted, I will keep an eye on dates for next year and spread the word.

Neil Mead

August 2019