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MIDLANDS ITALIAN CAR DAY
Our Section’s main event
Past MITCAR Events
MITCAR 2011 - Stoneleigh Abbey, Warwickshire
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 cars. Supported by all of the major Italian car clubs, it is open to anyone who wants to bring along their Italian machine.
Organised by our AROC Section, we get great support from Italian car clubs and fans of the marques, and some amazing rarities attend too. Organised on a not-for profit basis, our aim is simply to make this people’s favourite Italian Car day, and at a new venue every year, for 19 years!
Sadly our 2020 Event plans have had to be cancelled owing to Covid-19.
We will be back in 2021!
MITCAR 2010 - Chatsworth House, Derbyshire
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
MITCAR 2009 - Burleigh House, Lincolnshire
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
MITCAR 2008 - Holdenby House, Northamptonshire
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
MITCAR 2007 - Calke Abbey, Derbyshire
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
MITCAR 2006 - Bosworth Battlefield, Leicestershire
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
MITCAR 2005 - Coombe Abbey, Warwickshire
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 2004 - Grimsthorpe Castle, Lincolnshire
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
MITCAR 2003 - Newstead Abbey, Nottinghamshire
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
MITCAR 2002 - Shugborough, Staffordshire
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: 11 August 2002
MITCAR 2001 - Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire
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 - Elvaston Castle, Derbyshire
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
MITCAR 2013 - Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire
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 2013
MITCAR 2014 - Rockingham Castle, Leicestershire
Happily showers only came at the very start and finish of the day, and we were delighted to see around 350 cars in attendance. There were some tremendous rarities in support this year, not least the Car of the Day as chosen by the public; a 1957 Alfa Romeo 1900 Super, the only one in the UK.
Date: 17 August 2014
MITCAR 2015 - Deene Park, Northamptonshire
Superb surroundings for 2015’s event. Fine weather helped bring along over 370 cars. Though Ferraris were few in number we had 3 Lamborghinis, a Maserati Bora and an Alfa 8C among ‘the exotics’. Many people’s favourite though was the collection of 21 Alfasuds and Sprints.
Date: 16 August 2015
MITCAR 2016 - British Motor Museum, Gaydon
The newly refurbished venue was a great setting for the Bank Holiday weekend. 400 cars in attendance on a sunny day with just a couple of showers. Over 60 Abarths put on a terrific show, yet a classic Alfa won Car of the Day again; the 2600 Spider of Jeremy Cowper.
Date: 28 August 2016
MITCAR 2017 - Ragley Hall, Warwickshire
MITCAR included admission to the International Model Air Show in 2017, held at the beautiful Ragley Hall estate. Alfa had the new Stelvio along, and we had a great showing of Lancias among 400 cars! Another classic Alfa won Car of the Day again in the public vote; the Alfa Duetto of Gary Plumb.
Please see Gallery page for mini event report and photos.
Date: 20 August 2017
MITCAR 2018 - Arbury Hall, Warwickshire
In 18 years this was MITCAR’s poorest event weather-wise, however, it didn’t deter over 230 Italian Car owners from attending. Great displays of Alfas and Abarths in particular.
Car of the day an Alfa again, 2600 Sprint of Tim Courtenay.
We also had the forst Alfa Stevio Quadrifoglio in the country.
Please see Gallery page for mini event report and photos.
Date: 26 August 2018
MITCAR 2019 - JLR Classic Works near Coventry
Hard standing for this year’s event . Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works is am amazing venue, the largest of its kind in the world. Showroom, vast workshops and an amazing car collection. Outside over 300 Italian Cars formed great displays again too. Car of the day was the Fiat Topolino of Jacqui Kowalewsky. Please see Gallery page for mini event report and photos.
Date: 31 August 2019