FAENZA, ITALY, October 26, 2001 -- Those who remember the cult 1970s film, The Italian Job, might well imagine they have accidentally been transported back in time should they find themselves anywhere near the European Minardi F1 factory in Faenza...
FAENZA, ITALY, October 26, 2001 -- Those who remember the cult 1970s film, The Italian Job, might well imagine they have accidentally been transported back in time should they find themselves anywhere near the European Minardi F1 factory in Faenza this Saturday afternoon, October 27. It is then that an international cavalcade of nearly 100 Mini Coopers will arrive in this historic city in eastern Italy as part of a high-profile charity fund-raising programme.
The caravan, which will include crews from Italy as well as from the USA, Canada, the Netherlands, England, Scotland and Ireland, is aiming to raise funds for charity organisations, such as UNITALSI, that support and assist underprivileged Italian children. In addition, the fourth annual running of this long-distance event -- it commences in the UK -- will again promote the vibrant Emilia Romagna region in which Faenza is located.
Among the stops the Mini Cooper crews will be making during their visit to Faenza will be one at the headquarters of European Minardi F1, where they will be welcomed by team founder, Gian Carlo Minardi. The first of four groups of cars is scheduled to arrive at Faenza at 3:15 pm, with the others arriving at 20 minute intervals thereafter.
"Everyone on the team is looking forward to welcoming the crews to Faenza," comments Gian Carlo Minardi. "It is particularly pleasing that our team has become one of the favorite destinations of these sports-lovers, who intend to spread around the world the culture, the sport and the activities of our region through this initiative inspired by The Italian Job in cooperation with the CRAME (Club Romagnolo Auto e Moto d'Epoca), the Romagna-based club for owners of classic cars and motorbikes. This meeting will give us the opportunity to spend a sporting afternoon away from our ordinary activities."
The Mini Cooper is one of the most charismatic cars ever built. The tiny front-wheel drive saloon, originally designed by Sir Alec Issigonis and subsequently tuned by famed British racing car constructor, John Cooper, packed a mighty punch, frequently humbling far more exotic, and expensive, rivals on the world's racing circuits and rally stages throughout the 1960s and 1970s. The legend lives on with an all-new Mini Cooper now on sale and aiming to win the hearts of driving enthusiasts in the 21st century in the same way its predecessor did during the last four decades.