BRESCIA, Italy (Reuters) – John Elkann, a media-shy authority of one of a world’s biggest automobile companies, got behind a circle and demonstrated his pushing skills on Thursday in Italy’s mythological four-day Mille Miglia convene race.
The 36-year-old conduct of Fiat, that now control Chrysler and was founded by his great-great grandfather Giovanni Agnelli in 1899, will take turns pushing a custom-made 1952 eight-cylinder Fiat 8V with his wife, Lavinia Borromeo, who also has a passion for iconic cars.
“Lavinia and we had been articulate for years about doing this, and after a birth of a third child progressing this year, we motionless that now was a right time,” Elkann pronounced in an interview. “We used for it by pushing around a hills in Turin.”
The Mille Miglia was founded in 1927 when motoring was still in a infancy. It is a harsh continuation exam that pushed both automobile and motorist to a limits.
Drivers in a 382 classical Jaguars, Bentleys, Alfa Romeos, Porsches and Ferraris are timed during a race.
The iconic cars will bark by 190 towns and villages that are set in some of a world’s many pleasing scenery, starting from Brescia’s ancestral cobblestoned streets afterwards flitting by Verona, Vicenza, Bologna, Florence and Siena on a approach to Rome, before looping behind adult by a vineyard-covered hills of Tuscany.
“Our kids wish to see us come in first, though we told them we will be happy if we make it to a end,” Elkann said.
Given Alfa Romeo’s mastery of a race, John’s choice of a Fiat rather than an Alfa — that is partial of a Fiat fast of brands that embody Ferrari, Maserati, and now Jeep, Dodge and Chrysler – might seem odd. Alfa Romeo won a competition 11 out of 20 times from 1927 to 1957.
But he chose a Fiat 8V for nauseating reasons.
“We chose this automobile since when we got married, someone during Fiat gave us a fondle chronicle of this car,” he explained. “So when we saw it was available, of march we picked it.”
(Reporting by Jennifer Clark; modifying by Patricia Reaney)R Soft Web Hosting