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MIDLANDS ITALIAN CAR DAY
Our Section’s main event
2011’s MITCAR will be remembered for the presence of some sensational cars. A Ferrari 599 GTO - all £350,000 worth, was just amazing to see, but all 40 or more exotics were all exceptional. Car of the day was the Giulia Sprint 1750 GTV belonging to Peter Woods, a spectacular self-restored Alfa. See MITCAR feature in Gallery 2011.
Date: 14 August 2011
Midlands Italian Car Day is a well-established annual show catering for all types of Italian vehicles. Supported by all of the major Italian car clubs, it is open to anyone who wants to bring along their Italian machine.
MITCAR 2014, the 14th edition of the event, will be held at
ROCKINGHAM CASTLE in Leicestershire, on Sunday 17 August.
Entrance price will be £10 per car, giving ALL occupants admission to the special MITCAR display in The Great Park plus the beautiful castle and gardens. For most people that will add up to a really significant discount. Though many will want to picnic, MITCAR will have its own catering facility plus there is an excellent Tea Room in the castle area itself. Sensible off-ground barbecues are also allowed, as are dogs if on a leash. There will be some trade and dealer displays, and prizes will be awarded for the best presented cars, including by public vote.
This promises to be a really great relaxing day out, so make sure you put it in your diary NOW!!
Perhaps it was the draw of the venue, or the fact MITCAR was England’s most northerly Italian car event of the year, but Chatsworth attracted an incredible display of over 460 cars, and around 700 people - our display area in front of the house just managed to hold everyone. It was very enjoyable if hard work for the organisers and helpers.
Date: 8 August 2010
Burleigh House is fantastic backdrop for any car display. Centred on the Deer Park, the ranks of red cars of varied marques looked most impressive against the deep green grass with the majestic house just behind. Once again the ‘exotic’ Italian cars did not disappoint (the magnificent Lamborghini Uracco pictured right won Car of the Day), but the massed ranks of Alfas and Fiats were superb again.
Date: 16 August 2009
Holdenby Hall has been our most southerly venue for MITCAR to date. Despite the less than summery weather, (15 degrees C and threat of showers) the attendance was surprisingly good again with 252 cars along. The long line of around 20 Alfasud Sprints, being the AROC Alfasud Registers primary gathering point of the year, was a terrific feature and the crowds enjoyed the Falconry displays too.
Date: 10 August 2008
Calke Abbey was saw a great collection of cars arrive along the long drive in. The day is probably most memorable for the scorching weather - we had to bring out water bottles for the parking marshals, and many caught a bit of the sun! The rows of red Alfas stretched way into the distance too, accompanied by terrific variety of other cars from original Fiat 500 to Lamborghini Diablo!
Date: 5 August 2007
Our Bosworth event was really enjoyable at an excellent venue. Everyone enjoyed seeing the historic site with its recreated 15th century buildings and museum with fascinating displays. Our display field was packed with interesting cars too, with many in the running for prizes. Our own Section member Ian Osborne scooped top award with his just-restored 164 (pictured right), a car still immaculate today.
Date: 27 August 2006
Coombe Abbey proved to be another good venue for MITCAR. Being very popular with people from Coventry we had a remarkable mix come over to the ranks of Italian cars genuinely interested in looking around them.
We had a major deployment of ‘Echelon Parking’ that will be well remembered for its fabulous (dis)organisation! A great day though in superb weather.
Date: 21 August 2005
MITCAR moved to the far east of our region in 2004. Heavy rain the week before gave us a logistical nightmare on the day as we were unable to park on the expansive lawns as had originally been intended. In the end with neigh-on 300 cars attending, we filled every scrap of hard standing, and were able to put a few cars on the grass by the afternoon. We had a particularly large attendance of FIATS and Ferraris.
Date: 22 August 2004
By 2003 MITCAR had become well established, and we were once again delighted by an increase in attendance at Newstead. The line of winning cars by category can be seen on the left - a really wonderful selection. Our ‘Echelon’ parking actually worked for this one too! (See right).
Date: August 2003
For MITCAR’s second year we moved the event over to the West Midlands. The Shugborough Estate gave us a massive display area and despite it being less than Summery weather wise, we were pleased to build on the numbers there from the first event.
Date: August 2002
And so it all begins! After some promotion within the Alfa Romeo Owners Club, Fiat Motor Club and Ferrari Owners Club, we were really pleased that over 170 cars came along to MITCAR’s inaugural event and in a variety that we’ve been delighted with ever since! The first car to win the fabled ‘Camshaft Trophy’, a Ferrari Mondial, is pictured right.
Date: August 2001
MITCAR 2012 was badly affected by weather. Waterlogged ground due to unprecedented July rainfall meant we had to switch to hard standing, though mercifully it stayed dry for our event and we were delighted that over 200 cars could attend and a good time was had by all. Please see Gallery page for mini event report and photos.
Date: 5 August 2012
It was a return to form weather and numbers-wise at Hardwick where around 330 Italian cars basked in sunshine and filled our display ground. The variety was as terrific as ever too. As MITCAR Mastermind Bryan Alexander’s last full event, he certainly went out on a high!!
Please see Gallery page for mini event report and photos.
Date: 18 August 2012
MITCAR has its own entrance from the A6003 and the Great Park is just huge giving us plenty of opportunity to display cars by marque.
You can find out more about Rockingham Castle on their website,
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