Formula 1 Gran Premio d’Italia 2013 Monza

F1_Monza_2013 (43)With the famous Italian Formula 1 Grand Prix taking place at Monza this weekend, I thought it would be a good opportunity to take a look back at the 2013 race, which Any Given Reason attended. If you can’t be there in person you might as well be there in spirit, right?

F1_Monza_2013 (38)This post won’t attempt a blow-by-blow account of the race because you can find that elsewhere, written by far more knowledgeable and experienced scribes than myself. This post aims to give a glimpse of what it’s actually like to attend the Italian GP; information that doesn’t make the international broadcast.

F1_Monza_2013 (67)The Monza circuit is situated near the city of Monza, around 50km north of Milan in northern Italy. Below it sits Italy’s motor valley and the homes of Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati and Pagani are all less than a couple of hours drive away. Around 30km north of Monza sits Lake Como, the gateway to the Alps and the rest of Europe. Monza is the spiritual home of modern Formula 1, and is the only circuit to have held a round of the World Championship every year since its inception.  Continue reading

Milan – A street parked F40

DSC_0095If you’re half smart about it, seeing an F40 in the flesh isn’t really that difficult. By visiting the right museums and attending the right events, there’s a pretty good chance of spotting one of these gloriously wedgy supercars and you can admire it for as long as you like, usually behind a rope.

DSC_0124But seeing an F40 in a museum is a bit like seeing a Bengal Tiger in a Zoo. It’s still a pretty cool experience but there is no effort, chance or adventure involved so it’s a little bit hollow. Spot that tiger in the wild on safari in the Indian jungle, and it’s a completely more exciting moment.

DSC_0104When I started posting car sightings on Any Given Reason, a friend asked what would be the ultimate car to chance upon, the goal, the prize of this little sport. The response was instantly the Ferrari F40 – in my opinion the rawest, wildest, most earth shattering supercar to ever have been made. Spotting one of these in the wild is an extremely rare occurrence, and I never truly expected I would find one.

DSC_0116That is, until one day when I was randomly exploring the backstreets close to Milan’s fashion district. It was a sea of drab grey Peugeot’s and Volkswagens until I rounded a corner and there it was, in all its glory. A British registered, Rosso Corsa F40 just sitting there, parked like any other car.

DSC_0120What a machine! F40’s are something else when you see them at an event, but the impact is magnified tenfold when you see one parked in the street. It was quite literally stopping traffic, causing camera phones to be whipped out in a frenzy like I’ve never seen before.

DSC_0109It just sat there as scooters and Fiat Panda’s whizzed by just inches away, somewhat of a perverse joy to witness.

DSC_0111So now that the F40 box has been ticked, it raises the question of what the next halo sighting should be. Do you have any suggestions? Let me know in the comments section!

I’m thinking Porsche 959…

DSC_0126Words and photos by Andrew Coles