The machine, called the Racepresso, was created by designer Ilgar Rustamov as a concept pitched to Nespresso for the need for speed espresso drinker. Not sure if it brews a quicker shot of espresso but its looks alone could cause your heart to start racing.
“It was a good race and from Rome onwards I never had any doubt that I should win” Tazio Nuvolari – 1930 Winner Mille Miglia
Back home in Indiana excitement is building as the 97th running of the Indianapolis 500 is scheduled to begin in 6 days, 38 hours and 37 minutes. Racing fans all over the world look forward every May to the thrill of the Brickyard for the agony and the ecstasy of an event that has been called “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing.”
But before the gentlemen and ladies of the Indy 500 start their engines, there is another thrill to be had on the international racing stage with the vintage and classic cars of Italy’s Mille Miglia, an open-road endurance race that ran May 16-19 along the original Brescia-to-Rome route with some minor variations (due to areas affected by the earthquake in Emilia Romagna in May 2012).
An estimated 4 million Italian spectators and others from around the world relived a history of road racing that begin in 1927 with cars and drivers like Tazio Nuvolari , who won the 1930 race in his Alfa Romeo, reaching celebrity status. 415 cars were selected for this year’s race from 1,575 registrations based on their history and record of achievements including Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Maserati, Bentley, Porsche, Jaguar, Aston Martin, Lancia, BMW, Bugatti and Mercedes-Benz.
Sport’s car enthusiasts will not want to miss the stunning pictures of the cars of the Mille Miglia posted all over the Internet including fotos from the following sites.
I’ve seen red in Maranello and, if not driven, at least was a passenger in one of the “world’s most iconic cars” driving through Emilia. Since I’m thinking red for Valentine’s Day I decided to find out just exactly what is Ferrari Red. This scarlet-like hue, the international motor racing color of Italy, is listed as auto paint chip color 75250; its hex triplet is #D40000. A somewhat sterile analysis of one of the hottest colors on the planet.
So much so that it is the most recognizable color associated with the Ferrari brand. Rosso corsa or racing red is Ferrari’s most popular paint color. Popular too with the non-racing set. From clothes to shoes to kid’s booster seats and Smart phone cases you can write, tell time , sit on and bling Ferrari red. There’s even a 15″ Ferrari Red Macbook Pro that you can use to design your Ferrari. Not a fan of red, no matter. Surprisingly only 45 percent of Ferraris sold in the past few years have been painted red! That compares to the early 1990s when 85 percent were red. Seems slightly sacrilegious but a bright Giallo Modena (yellow was the original Ferrari color) or a chic dark pastel Blu Scozia may not be such a bad color after all.
Contrary to popular opinion driving in Italy is not an extreme sport. Here are 5 reasons to give it a try.
5. YOU CAN SEE THE COUNTRY AT YOUR OWN PACE
4. EXPLORE HIDDEN AND BEAUTIFUL PLACES OFF THE TOURIST RADAR
3. GET UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH VESPAS AND FERRARI
2. YOU CAN EAT AT AN AUTOGRILL
1. YOU CAN WEAR A TEESHIRT THAT SAYS “I DROVE ITALY
And if you really want to experience the ultimate Italian drive visit Maranello in Emilia Romagna and Galleria Ferrari to get up close and personal with one of Italy’s most famous sports cars. You can arrange to drive a Ferrari through the streets and countryside of Maranello for an auto rush you’ll always remember.