We’ve known for years that there is huge enthusiasm for vintage Detroit iron in Sweden and Australia, with big car shows featuring collector examples. But there also appears to be a big following in the land of Ferrari and Fiat, with Italy’s 26th annual U.S. Car Reunion held recently in Lignano Sabbiadoro, a seaside resort known for the golden color of its beaches on the Adriatic.
The reunion was founded in 1995 and this year, held in conjunction with a “bikerfest” event, drew more than 200 vehicles despite what was described as “bad weather.”
Organizers reported owners of American classics arrived from Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Slovenia, Hungary and Croatia, joining those from Italy to give “visitors a spectacular breath of the American dream, parading through the streets of Lignano.”
In addition to more than 200 cars, some of them owned and driven by US military personnel stations at Aviano and Ederle, 60 Jeeps took part in off-road trials.
Also welcomed to a new e-Mobility Village this year were around 100 electric-powered Teslas.
The weekend included a dozen rock concerts and a pin-up girl contest.