U.S. classics proudly roll in Italy

It’s never easy to promote an event 5,000 miles away a week before it happens, but this one is too good to pass up. You will notice that the pink, fin-bedecked 1959 Cadillac in the photo has something most of these cars don’t: a license plate issued by the European Union. That’s because a reunion of American cars forms one element of the festivities at the 35th annual Biker Fest, set for September 16 through 19 in the metropolis of Lignano Sabbiadoro. Happily, there’s an English-language tool on the event website that makes all the action decipherable.

Note that the next cars in line include a recent Shelby G.T. 500 and a fuselage-body Dodge Charger from the early 1970s with a decidedly arrogant stance. The organizers of Biker Fest predict that up to 300 individuals and clubs focusing on U.S. iron will be in attendance, along with a big contingent of biker brethren. This is all very interesting, especially when you consider that both Harley-Davidson and Indian operate opulent showrooms on the Champs d’Elysee in Paris. American culture is still considered worthy of celebration. The Biker Fest website also outlines COVID-19 protocols that will be observed. Bellisimo!

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