Automezzi XXX Anniversario La Passeggiata Virtual Rally Wrap Up

Posted in Uncategorized / Posted By: Christopher Adams
19
Sep

A Celebration of Italian Motoring to benefit Caruso Family Charities at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Golden CO | Sunday, August 23rd 2020

Ciao Amici from Automezzi Colorado Director Gina Molinaro-Hallisey…

The Automezzi was set to celebrate its 30th Anniversary in 2020 as the largest gathering of Italian exotics in the Rocky Mountain region, however this year had its challenges with the state restrictions around large gatherings.  In order to celebrate our 30-year showcase, continue raising funds for a local non-profit, and now comply with Covid-19 guidelines; we reformatted the Automezzi (for this year only) in the spirit of a long standing cultural tradition in Italy called la Passeggiata.  La Passeggiata typically happens at the end of the day in Italy beginning at dusk and lasts several hours. The Automezzi XXX La Passeggiata took place on Sunday, August 23, 2020 at the same time here in Colorado as it does in Rome, Italy.  La Passeggiata (known as the walk, stroll, promenade) is often the main social event of the day in Italy where the most important thing is simply seeing and being seen (vedere e farsi vedere). La Passeggiata reinforces a sense of belonging, the greeting of friends and acquaintances, sharing of the latest news and most importantly for the Automezzi community, showcasing those shining Italian exotics.  Reinventing Automezzi XXX to la Passeggiata was our way of connecting everyone in the Italian Car and Motorcycle community, for this moment in time, in a virtual rally showcase (designed within social distancing guidelines).  

Our sponsors rose to the occasion to help us with different aspects of la Passeggiata so our trip through Italy was fun for the participants.  Ferrari of Denver sponsored the live broadcast so we could share the day with spectators watching at home and we now have a historical video replay commemorating the 30th Anniversary Rally. Our hosts Jeremy Hubbard, Fox 31 News Anchor and Rachel Alena kept the showcase moving through the parade route with interviews and commentary.  Many other sponsors supported the event by giving the vehicles in la Passeggiata gifts along the parade route.  Registrants received the 30th Anniversary commemorative bandana and poster compliments of Garage Condos, listened to Italian music along the route compliments of Quality Audio Video , received a gift of commemorative wine glasses from Bonacquisti Wine and had the Automezzi Paparazzi capture a photo of them and their vehicle at the Colosseum in Rome compliments of Denver Auto Shield. Shout out to Keith Righthouse from Scorpio 67 Photography who took the lead on the Paparazzi photogs Mike Rogers, Yeng Lo and Dino Federico who also helped out on the project.  Other supporters include Hagerty Insurance, Sarian MotorsportsGIA InsuranceItalian American Business AssociationDante Alighieri Society and Viaggio Resorts.  Please check out these wonderful sponsors and the products and services they provide.  They are all top quality people and we are very grateful for their support of the Automezzi and our non profit benefactor Caruso Family Charities.  Also, please check out our amici Tre Foglie to try one of the best aged balsamic vinegars around and when you use the code “Caruso” at checkout, Tre Foglie will donate $8 to Caruso Family Charities!

We are so grateful for the generosity of the Automezzi community helping us to raise $10,000 for Caruso Family Charities.  CFC helps families with terminally ill children by providing assistance for daily needs such as paying rent or mortgages, paying power bills, repairing vehicles or paying for activities for siblings who often suffer also in these situations.  In the past 14 years Caruso Family Charities has helped over 900 families with over 2 million dollars of assistance. Our donation will help 3 CFC families in these difficult times and we are very proud to be a partner of this local charity helping Colorado families.

Nearly 60 Amazing Italian Marques graced the Automezzi lawn at la Passeggiata with lots of interviews and features from local car clubs Alfa Club of the RockiesRocky Mountain Fiat/Lancia ClubFerrari Club of America-Colorado ChapterColorado Pantera Club and Maserati Club-Rocky Mountain Chapter.

The Awards Sponsor for this year’s Automezzi XXX La Passeggiata was Eddie V’s Prime Seafood who provided gifts certificates to our 3 People’s Choice winners to enjoy a nice meal at their NEW location in Greenwood Village opening on October 15, 2020.  The winners for 2020 were chosen based on the amount donated to Caruso Family Charities so spectators could vote for their favorite vehicles and tag them.

The 2020 Automezzi XXX winners are…

1st Place: 2017 Maserati GranTurismo owned by Larry Dardano

2nd Place: 2017 Ferrari F12 TDF owned by Darren Crystal

3rd Place: 1983 Fiat Pininfarina Azzurra Spider owned by Cindy Anderson

The coveted Director’s Cup was chosen by the previous year’s recipient and presented to a 1980 Vespa P200e Sidecar owned by Ryan and Becky Borman.  The sidecar is the perfect ride for their furry friend Bosley the GoldenDoodle!

Although this year had its challenges there were so many positives as the Italian car community and supporters came together to make La Passeggiata happen so we could commemorate our 30th year.  As a planner, I’m grateful for the help of Christopher Adams and Tish Gance who shared their graphic design and marketing expertise to make la Passeggiata come together so visually beautiful. Shout out to Jim at Streamtek Pro for editing a video that could live on the Automezzi YouTube for those to view for years to come and remember la Passeggiata, the passageway that got us through 2020!

Special thanks and heartfelt appreciation to …. All the charity volunteers, sponsors, exhibitors, vendors, vehicle registrants and show directors who have supported the Automezzi Celebration of Italian Motoring over the last 30 years! You all know who you are and we are grateful for all the support and efforts you made during the years you participated in this amazing showcase of Italian marques.  Until next year….

Automezzi XXX La Passeggiata to benefit Caruso Family Charities was proudly presented and produced by Get Connected Events.

Automezzi XXX Anniversario Photo Gallery

To see all the cars that graced the Automezzi XXX lawn, check out the 2020 Automezzi Vehicle Lineup.




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