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


Look mate, it’s a VC Monaro!

DSC_0167The car you never knew existed…. doesn’t exist. But it’s a rather interesting prospect, isn’t it? Imagine this with a Brock 5.0 V8, flared guards and wide rims. And in Marlboro livery tearing across the mountain? That’s all kinds of awesome.

DSC_01741980 Opel Monza 3.0E. I did a double take when I saw this freakishly perfect example for sale at a service station near Innsbruck, Austria.

DSC_0177It just goes to show that the ‘world car’, a concept so mooted by Ford and Volkswagen as the easy road to auto manufacturing profit these days, isn’t really anything new at all.

DSC_0173So this poses the question: Imagine you were to import this to Australia and convert it to right hand drive, a relatively simple task I assume given the easy supply of old Commodore parts. You’d also replace the Opel grille and badging with local GMH items. If you took it to a car show with a comprehensive information board explaining how this is the long lost VC Monaro concept car that never saw the light of day, how many people do you think you’d fool?

DSC_0175Of course not the diehard enthusiasts, but I’m sure you could have some fun with it.

DSC_0011And while we’re on the subject of odd Opel/Holden bedfellows – VT Commodore much? These slightly narrower Opel Omega’s have been fooling me for weeks.

Words and photos by Andrew Coles