They’re not just cars or bikes – but art on wheels. Hundreds of exceptional cars, motorbikes and scooters were wheeled out at Pialligo Estate on 7 April for the annual showcase of Italian automotive design.
It was the first time Auto Italia Canberra, a celebration of Italian motoring history and the ongoing cultural influence on the international landscape, was staged at Pialligo after the National Capital Authority banned car shows on the grassed National Land areas, forcing a change of venue from Old Parliament House.
The event, organised by the Italian Cars Association, drew more than 600 entries, from vintage vehicles through to the latest Lamborghinis, Alfa Romeos, Ferraris and Fiats, as well as the sleek cycles from Ducati.
Car lovers were well catered for with Pialligo Estate coming to the party with its own wine and food stall.
The organisers said there were limitations with the traffic flow out of the site past the nurseries along Beltana Road, but the Italian Cars Association and Pialligo Estate would investigate further to see what improvements could be made in traffic control, including the use of an upgraded access road to Beltana Road.
The Association said the lawns of Old Parliament House provided a lot of passing traffic that will not attend a more isolated event but it was still impressed with the spectator crowd that turned up, and there was a greater sense of respect for the cars.
The change in venue and working with Pialligo Estate had allowed the Association – which is a non-profit organisation – to change its cost structures after the event ran at a financial loss for two of the last three years.
Local photographer Jack Mohr was on site to capture all the action.