Has it really been 50 years since we left Michael Caine and his cronies teetering on the edge of a cliff in the bus at the end of The Italian Job, a merry automotive madcap of a crime movie featuring Mini Coopers, E-type Jaguars, an Aston Martin DB4, a Lamborghini Miura and adventures from the rooftop test track at Fiat Lingotto factory to the roads of the Italian Alps?
Indeed. The movie was released September 3, 1969, and was so popular that a remake was done in 2013.
To celebrate the movie’s anniversary, Classics on the Road and the Jaguar E-type Club will stage the Ultimate Italian Job Tour, a 1,400-mile, 11-day European driving adventure from October 6-17, 2019.
Organizers promise the tour “will treat drivers and their companions to some of Europe’s most fabulous roads and scenery as the route passes through France, Italy and Switzerland.”
One of those driving experiences will involve the famed rooftop test track at Lingotto. While in Turin for three days, tour participants are promised visits with The Italian Job producer Michael Deeley, stunt director Remy Julienne, actor David Salamone (he played the role of Dominic in the movie), and Matthew Field, whose book, The Self Preservation Society — 50 years of The Italian Job, is to be published later this year.
Field also will lead a walking tour of such sites as the Baroque staircase at Palazzo Madama, the porticoes on Via Roma, the weir on the River Po and other car-chase locations.
“In keeping with its theme, the Ultimate Italian Job tour is open exclusively to E-types and pre-1970s Lamborghinis, Aston Martins, and Minis,” organizers said in their announcement. E-type Club founder Philip Porter will be doing the tour in his E-type, which is the same car that was used in the movie.
Tour pricing, which includes lodging and meals, is about $12,500 per car. For more information, visit the Classics on the Road website.