Text: Jacky FAVRE - Photos: Christelle SOMMEREISEN - Jacky FAVRE
Parco Valentino is a new event to the calendar this year. This is the first edition, organized by the city of Turin, in one of its most beautiful park. During 4 days, from June 11 to 14, several animations will allow to discover a wide auto panel, from yesterday, of today, and even new concepts. We decided to come quite late for a reason that will be discussed in a second report, and as this takes place just after Sport & Collection, we did the only reasonable choice to come spend only the weekend. Turin is not far away for us, but this is still even when several hundred kilometers.
This article will introduce you part motor show and race car exhibition. Indeed, as in Geneva, Paris or Frankfurt, Turin has chosen to make a motorshow where manufacturers can present, to discover and of course sell their models. The special feature of this show is to be outdoors in a green park. The disadvantage is that the weather becomes paramount for the success of the exhibition. Arriving in the morning, we can only note that it rained that night, very much ... It is 9 am, the park is open and filled with joggers, but the cars are officially visible only from 10am. Some are therefore under plastic sheeting, others being finished to remove traces of water and dead leaves.
Here is a view of the park with these stands:
The first (cover) to welcome us set the tone. The Ferrari FXX K. Having seen photos before we left, I know there is a real car, not a model. But until curtain up, we'll go around.
As you can see, each model has its own stand, all identical (apart from the roof, present or not), allowing to put all the cars in the same presentation. I find it very good, especially as it does not interfere with neutral decor photos. Here with the Abarth Biposto and 595 Competizione.
The Alfa Romeo Spider 4C, first with the soft top and then without when the sun is back. The Coupe version is already well known.
I ignored the general brands like Fiat Lancia and Jeep, but the FCA group is obviously present with all its brands as it is also partner of the event. Turning to Maserati Quattroporte and Ghibli.
Ferrari California T and 488 GTB are presented. The audience begins to arrive en masse. This is definitely for people to approach the vehicle, far more than in Geneva for example. Each brand choosing to put up barriers or not.
The Mercedes AMG GT:
Pagani led the Zonda Revolucione we discover for the first time.
Presented in Geneva, the new Audi R8 is here in V10 Plus version with a rather original setup.
Porsche presents the latest 911 GT3 but especially the Cayman GT4 which the press continues to praise.
Lamborghini stirs the crowd with his Huracan Verde Ithaca and Aventador SV Rosso Mars.
I'm not very trendy BMW in general, but the M4 DTM is really a monster. Aerodynamics is worked to the extreme, including hollow pontoons from the front bumper to the rear of front wheels and side exiting exhausts under doors.
The Jaguar F-Type Coupé R.
The McLaren 570 S just came from Sport & Collection.
Lotus introduced the Elise 20th anniversary special edition that honors the presentation in Frankfurt of the first Elise.
The latest version of the Tesla P85 D
We arrived at the end of the show, we join the concept cars part passing the exposure of competition vehicles, but I will return in the end. For now, up to the Sergio Pininfarina stand.
UP Design (Umberto Palermo Design) presents three different concepts, including the Mole, powered by a Ferrari engine. Note its tubular chassis, the true sense of the word!
Torino Design introduced the world premiere ATS Wildtwelve.
This Alfa Romeo was created by and is called Fioravanti Vola. It was she who first brought the concept of the patented rotating roof mounted particularly on the 575 Superamerica. This version of the Vola is not the original that was black with simple tubular arches at the rear.
IED (Institute Europeo de Design) Syrma.
This presentation is not exhaustive, but other stands also showed future technologies.
It is now the exhibition of competition vehicles. These vehicles must participate in the parade Sunday that crosses part of the city. Starting with the very exclusive Maserati MC12 Corsa. Too bad you can not go around the car, even with press badges.
Porsche and Lamborghini whose the last Huracan Blancpain serie.
The presence of a Lancia Stratos is unavoidable.
A Le Mans Audi beside a Alpine. All categories and all ages are present. Then two 500 Abarth. And finally, another Maserati MC12 but GT1 this time. The MC12 has for many years dominated all the championships in which they were incurred.
The Lancia D50, Formula1 of Ascari was highlighted next to the entrance of the same name of the Parco Valentino. The tanks placed longitudinally between the wheels are part inconceivable things today competing for the danger it poses In case of accident.
And to complete our multiple turns of the park throughout the day, we fall back on FXXK that was shown and cleaned. The yellow decoration on the red bodywork created a stunning effect and highlights the sculpted shapes of the car. In aggregate, I think we stayed around well over one hour.
Since then, I know I will see Ferrari Days at Le Castellet in late July and see them turn. But I took the maximum details.
At night the contrast is even more striking, but the photos a little more complicated, even with the tripod. And I have not found a moment when there was nobody around.
For a first edition, I must say that Turin has made very strong. And the most important part for me is to come. Parco Valentino will definitely become a staple of the calendar, although for us, the 2016 edition will not be possible. The organization, however, must extend its communication for the International because I felt that beyond the Italians, very few media, and no public had crossed borders, probably also because of the 24h of Le Mans is running on that date.
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