The Italian Job
a car rally in aid of childrens' charities
What 'The Press' says
The Italian Job Charity Tour takes you on an action-packed Mini adventure through Italy, and for 2009, the organisers pulled out all the stops for an unforgettable fortnight in October
Deeside Mini fanatics do a "Job" in Italy. Piper reporter Pam Robertson and husband Mike, have just completed an epic 20 day trip across Europe in their Mini Cooper
Every year 200 wannabe Charlie Crokers recreate The Italian Job by rallying 300 miles from the UK to Turin and back.
Take about 80 Minis, run them down to Italy and back, with a four day waltz through special stages in between, and what have you got? More fun than a barrel-load of monkeys – that's The Italian Job
Classic Car Mart
Little car, Big Thrill. Fancy re-living the Italian Job, hurtling round the country in a Mini ? Linda Taylor had the time of her life doing just that!
The Independent on Sunday
...the sight of the Italian Job artfully parked collection of "biscuits tins" (as one German onlookers describes them) is a popular spectacle. It makes me very proud – adds Michael Cooper- The Italian Job was always the highlight of my dad's calendar, and he would have been glad to see the old cars side by side to the new ones.
There are many Mini runs, but for luxury, style and distance, few can match The Italian Job.Starting in Italy this navigational rally takes you through some of the most spectacular scenery in Europe, interspersed with special stage driving tests as well as visit to vineyards and famous motor racing circuits along the way.
A very British Italian Job ! ... we had reached crunch point in The Italian Job Rally- The Ponte Alidosi bridge near Imola.This 15th century bridge is an eater of Minis, separating men from boy racers. And so steep it was better suited to a NASA launch site than a hump-backed bridge
The marque of Caine. GQ's self-preservation society follows in Sir Michael tyre tracks in the new Mini Cooper S, a tad more muscular but still just as nippy.... to say you have driven a Mini Cooper around the roof of one of the most famous test tracks in the world is something very special
GQ Cars – The Italian Job redux in the revamped Mini Cooper
.... the local rozzers were waiting for us a bomb's throw from where the heist went down but, instead of arresting us, they proceeded to escort the Italian Job Minis through the city at break neck speed. We may not have had liberated gold in the boot, but is was exilarating racing bumber-to-bumper, jumping every red light we came across, while the police shot steely glances at any driver that considered crossing our path.
What the 'Jobbers' say
Good morning to you both,
It all seems a bit odd now! Not having breakfast, lunch and dinner with 140 others! Not parked any cars now for a few days or driven through any red lights!
I wanted to thank you both for your amazing energy and enthusiasm in putting on what must be the best ever Italian Job, we say it every year but you surpassed yourselves this year and the final surprise at the dinner was fabulous. SO, what're you going to do next? Have a well earned rest and time away from the demands of the jobbers I hope. My personal thanks to you for being part of a great job, for being able to bring Hilary out for part of it is much appreciated and I hope that the results in terms of funds raised will be great.
I look forward to seeing you both very soon but in the meantime thanks again and complimenti!
Tantissimi saluti, Gordon
Thanks to you all for the trip this year I/we dont know how you do it. Your skills in organising this last trip were exceptional and second to none. The time I got with my son James is only just second to the trip itself. What a great time and will be with us forever.
Steve and James - team 60.
Just a note to say thanks for a superb trip! We have both really enjoyed it and look forward to competing again at some point in the future. Please convey our thanks to Freddie & everyone else who helped organise such a memorable event.
Best regards Simon Shuttleworth
Hi Fred & Giulia
Firstly Pauline and I would like to express our thanks for giving us the opportunity to take part in this years event. The event was without a doubt the best we have done and you continue to surprise us with the things we get to do and places we see, a heartfelt thank you to all the team who made it all happen.
I will be writing to Minispares to thank them for the excellent service in beating the quoted RAC time scale for getting a tyre to us.
Thank you all. Ken & Pauline Team 72
I am suffering a severe bout of withdrawl symptoms- after 11 days of non stop frenetic activity, life somehow seems a little ordinary.
Again!!! Our very sincere thanks for the brilliant 2011 Italian Job. Like a good wine,the Rally seems to improve as years go by.
Bob Piggin Team 96
Thank you so much for everything, we thought it was a terrific event. We're exhausted yet exhilarated!
Suzy Kinsman Team 78
Well what can I say, another brilliant and unique trip with so many memories... thanks for making us feel so privileged
Terry Larkin Team 27
It's a bit of a shock to the system being back in the office today. It was obviously a great 2 weeks away because I can't remember a thing about my job... took me 10 minutes to remember the password to my computer !
Vicki Anderson Team 101
So good is the IJ that they get Jesus to do the after dinner speech ( Ref. Robert Powell! )
Bill Bell Jobber
You ought to try a Mini convoy through Florence with the local Club – it was one big hectic traffic jam but oh what fun !
Suzy Kinsman Team 78