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We were there.

Lancia Stratos autografi

The Great Stratos event at the Museo dell’Automobile di Torino. April 4th 2018.

Some forty years ago  (indeed almost 50) It took a lot of guts and will to turn into reality the dream rally car only few dared to imagine, conceive, design, create and race to eventually achieve unprecedented world championships title in a row. Many of those who made this possible were all there when Enrico Borgogno and Thomas Popper presented their “Stratos” encyclopedia.

It was amazing to see and feel how many tons of passion, emotion, memories filled the auditorium It has been a moment to remember and I decided I would try to get a memorandum through the autographs of those I have met.

Now, all those in attendance may say: “I was there”.

Here is a list of some of them, at random.

Cesare Fiorio, Daniele Audetto, Gianni Tonti Emanuele Sanfront Marcello Gandini, Giampaolo Dallara, Luigino Floris Podda, Alfredo e Maria paola Stola Giambeppe Panicco Franco Listro Renato Ronco David Willie,  Michael Robinson, Tony Carello, Tony Fassina, Amilcare Ballestrieri, Akira Harada, Simo Lampinen, Bruno Cena, Benedetto Camerana, e…last but not least Rodolfo Gaffino Rossi.

For more names, hunt for their names in the image.Lancia Stratos autografi


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Rolls-Royce for IndiaMotorcars For India in the 19th century.


The story goes something like this. A maharaja from Eastern India was visiting London sometime in the 1930s, and the man being a follower and admirer of Mahatma Gandhi, believed in dressing simply: just the long white kurta and a plain white dhoti. Though he was not one bit ostentatious in his outward appearance, he still had the taste of his forbears, a penchant for things expensive. And so, like many of his kind, he decided to pay a visit to one of the London showrooms of Rolls-Royce, a marque whose cars he traditionally patronized.

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De-Tomaso-1969-Mangusta-01De Tomaso Mangusta, designed by Giugiaro, built by Ghia.
The announcement and the fine pictures released by Historics of Brooklans auction house in Surrey, has just provided us with the chance to offer you are small portfolio of the stunning De Tomaso Mangusta.
Giugiaro designed the Mangusta for De Tomaso in 1966, shortly after his departure from Bertone, where he had left ideas that led Marcello Gandini and his mentor Nuccio Bertone to the design of the mythical Lamborghini Miura.
 Giugiaro was aware he had to mark the change from Bertone to Ghia and penned a revolution moving from the new mid-engine chassis proposed by De Tomaso. His most dramatic innovation in the styling of the new supercar was the uninterrupted section lines of the bodywork on all planes as well as the extremely reduced height of the car and raked windscreen.

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Bertone-da-Kinetika-5Bertone 1912 - 2012.

Our Celebration.


Stile Bertone is now up for sale. In block or parts. It is hoped that soon the company established by the father of Nuccio Bertone 102 years ago return to life and creativity under a professional management.

The sorrow is so great that mane friends, which whom we produced a story for the unpublished e-magazine Kinetika, have asked me to publish that homage written by the excellent Enrico L. Fagone, on the occasion of the centennial of the oldest Italian coachbuilder still in existence.

We like to bring and to show that report as it was made up by the talented painters and graphic designers committed to the Kinetika project through this PDF file. Bertone 100 Years. The Function of Shape.

But for those who wants to see it  on line, here it is. Although in a simpler graphic composition.

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Lamborghini-MarzalLilli-Bertone cutThis report of mine was first published on October 1st, 2013 in

Four days later Stile Bertone issued a press-realease, reproduced below.



Staff and managers of the galaxy of most of the small companies operating under the Bertone name or controlled by the Bertone confused and confusing net of holdings will all be all on temporary lay-off as of the November 1st, according to unofficial workers unions sources.

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