The Mille Miglia is a transcendent and transformative experience. When you are driving down a narrow road on top a ridge in Tuscany, with valleys stretching below on either side and the smell of the farms on the air coming into the car it’s easy to forget city traffic jams and overheating 65 year old cars.
The Vesuvio Gray Giulia TI Sport I was driving quickly cast a spell over me as had not been the case with so many other contemporary cars. It was clear that it was both capable and characterful, but not with the kind of ‘quirky’ character that Italian cars can sometimes possess. That and the fact that it attracted an amazing amount of attention wherever I went sealed the deal.
People who are not auto enthusiasts might find the concept of ‘bonding’ with a car strange. After all, how can you form an emotional attachment with an inanimate object? Anyone reading this piece wouldn’t have a problem with the idea but nonetheless let me elaborate- so you might be better prepared the next time some well meaning but dense friend, relative or stranger attacks you for your incomprehensible behavior.