Travel: 50 Photos Of Rally Beasts Conquering The Italian Coast

50 Photos Of Rally Beasts Conquering The Italian Coast

Michael Banovsky By Michael Banovsky
October 6, 2015
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Photography by Luca Garau & Mauro Prevete

Photographer Luca Garau was recently on hand to experience the reborn Costa Smeralda Rally, an event for historic machines held near the coast in northern Sardinia, Italy. On nearly every other day of the year, it’s a beachside tourist destination for the world’s elite—house prices can reach about $3,150 per sq. ft., making it one of the more expensive locations in Europe.

Sailing regattas and polo matches are a common sight nearby, but the rally has some history here, too. It was first held as part of the European Rally Championship in 1976, running until 1994. In the interests of sharing a great video, this is what the event looked like in 1985. Last year, it was resurrected by local Italian clubs and driving associations as a historic rally.

Now, with a laid-back atmosphere and vistas only seen on the island of Sardinia, the Costa Smeralda Rally looks like an absolute blast.

If you’d like to see more photography from Luca, check out the Italian site 2Cromia.com, which is a project Luca co-created with his best pal Mauro Prevete. We’re republishing Luca’s photos of the Costa Smeralda Rally with permission.

 

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Giorgio Chiodi
Giorgio Chiodi

Hello guys, we were also recently at the Costa Smeralda Vintage Rally in Sardinia.
Here’s our video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GhpLbav6bY
It would be cool if you would repulish 🙂

AJ Hondo
AJ Hondo

Yay! A new pimp-ass Kadett wallpaper for me.

Luca
Luca

Photo 5.jpg: I am pretty sure that’s a Fiat 127 second series?
http://s.petrolicious.com.s3.amazonaws.com/2015/features/10-0ct/italian-rally/Italian-rally-5.jpg

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger

What a fantastic looking event in what is one of the most beautiful places in Europe never mind just Italy and a very nice set of photos for us to peruse here as well . Hmmn … now here’s a Video well worth the making in 2016 ! But … errr .. not to be pedantic or anything Mr B … but … ahhh … the article Header on the Home Page should read ERC .. not WRC .. the two being very distinct and different things [ not to mention more than once being at odds with one another… Read more »

Guitar Slinger
Guitar Slinger

PS; Ahhhh . Right at the top of the page . One of the all too few photos of one of the barely known and seldom recognized Autodelta Alfetta GT rally cars . From the photo I can’t quite tell which one but what a sight for sore eyes regardless . Ahhhh …. I’s a happy GearHead again …. And seriously Petrolicious … y’all want a fascinating and intriguing story to follow up on ? Get either signor Cironi or Jacopo to do a feature on the madness approaching genius that was the AutoDelta Alfa Romeo Alfetta GT rally cars… Read more »

Jack Morningstar
Jack Morningstar

I could be wrong but I believe that’s actually a gtv6. The rally prepped autodelta alfetta gt’s(the turbodelta) were typically fitted with fender flares and bumpers that were a bit more petite.

Luca
Luca

It IS a GTV/6 and not an Autodelta, because Autodelta GTVs had 4 stud wheels. Even in Turbodelta sauce.

Giorgio Chiodi
Giorgio Chiodi

Hey Guitar, here’s our take on the rally: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8GhpLbav6bY