Rita and Roberto Chiodi were among the 130 dare-devils aboard a car that was at least 50 years old and competed in the historic Peking-Paris Rally, which commemorated the centenary of the famous race. It was the first time an international competition had ventured along the harsh original 1907 route of the winning Itala and its driver Prince Scipione Borghese. Stage after stage, the Alfa’s had to take on stone covered surfaces, river crossings, the sands of the Gobi Desert and the Steppes of Siberia before reaching the motorways of the West and their triumph in Paris. The story of the couple’s participation is told with irony and love as far as the true protagonist is concerned: the 1957 Alfa Romeo Giulietta TI, their companion in life and adventure. This is a book as devoted to the enthusiasts of the marque, as it is to lovers of journeys in lands far away.
This is the official Ferrari volume devoted entirely to the China Tour and the 15,000-mile route covered by two 612 Scagliettis in 2005 through some of the most remote and impervious corners of the East. A hundred and eighty pages of photographs and text bring alive the excitement of a unique adventure. There is something epoch-making about this particular Tour, in terms of its breadth, of what it meant for the China in today’s and tomorrow’s world, and of what Ferrari means to the entire automobile industry. The two 612 Scagliettis are pictured against the timeless nature and culture of China as they pique the curiosity of amazed locals. The Tour, which started on August 29th 2005 and ended two months later on October 29th, took the cars right across the entire country from Shanghai to the snow-capped peaks of Tibet.
This book tells the story of an adventure that will go down in Ferrari’s history. Just take two 599 GTB Fioranos about to be launched on the market and entrust them to a group of reporters in a journey from South to North America, on a long route crossing the Andes on roads never travelled before by a Maranello berlinetta.
This is the story of an independent trek in a 50-year-old Mini – all the way to the Great Pyramid and back – with no assistance or support crew, to provide much needed funds and publicity for the Willow Foundation. Inspirational to others, the book includes practical advice on the car preparation and documentation required for such marathon drives, along with photographs of the Mini’s preparation and the amazing journey itself.