On 25th October, for the 26th consecutive year, at least 35 vehicles featured in the Michael Caine film `The Italian Job’ will depart the UK to head over the Channel and across Europe into Italy, the `home’ of the original 1969 film. The convoy, a mix of old hands and first timers, (known as `Jobbers’) will head off for a 13 night adventure holiday on four wheels through the streets of Rome and daily excursions into the surrounding countryside, driving in spectacular convoy up to Lucca and Parma before heading up to Turin and back to the UK.
The Italian Job Rally was founded in 1990 by Italian born British citizen Giulia St. George and her son Freddie. They both still oversee all aspects of the event and together mastermind the annual gathering with a dedicated army of family and friends. Giulia (now in her early eighties) and Freddie started organising the event for film and car enthusiasts to have a fun holiday with a difference whilst at the same time raising money for children’s charities.
To date The Italian Job has raised £2,424,191, in recent years funding Sunshine coaches for Variety the Children’s Charity. Other charities NSPCC, Childline, Children in Need, Birmingham hospital as well as other children’s charities across Europe, Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand and the USA. Drivers aim to raise £1500 per vehicle, some raising more and some contributing a few hundred pounds.
The fleet of privately owned vehicles, predominantly vintage and modern Minis, will depart the UK from Dover on 25th October, with the option of driving independently down to Rome, or taking the `service van’ route via Luxembourg, through the Black Forest, Lake Como and Tuscany down to Rome, returning to the UK via Turin, Mulhouse and Reims.
List of cars eligible to participate:
Any Mini (Classic or New)
Aston Martin DB4 (or any classic Aston Martin)
Ford Thames Van (Dormobile)
Land Rover Series 2A
Harrington Legionnaire (Coach)
Morris Minor Van
Fiat Dino (The Mafia car)
Damiler Majestic Major (The Pakistani Ambassadors car)
Alfa Romeo Giulia (Italian Police Cars)
Fiat 500 - the original cinquecento.