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Italy enjoys its 26th annual U.S. Car Reunion

Europeans, and a few US military personnel, display more than 200 examples of classic Detroit iron


We’ve known for years that there is huge enthusiasm for vintage Detroit iron in Sweden and Australia, with big car shows featuring collector examples. But there also appears to be a big following in the land of Ferrari and Fiat, with Italy’s 26th annual U.S. Car Reunion held recently in Lignano Sabbiadoro, a seaside resort known for the golden color of its beaches on the Adriatic.

The reunion was founded in 1995 and this year, held in conjunction with a “bikerfest” event, drew more than 200 vehicles despite what was described as “bad weather.”

Organizers reported owners of American classics arrived from Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Slovenia, Hungary and Croatia, joining those from Italy to give “visitors a spectacular breath of the American dream, parading through the streets of Lignano.”

In addition to more than 200 cars, some of them owned and driven by US military personnel stations at Aviano and Ederle, 60 Jeeps took part in off-road trials. 

Also welcomed to a new e-Mobility Village this year were around 100 electric-powered Teslas.

The weekend included a dozen rock concerts and a pin-up girl contest.

Larry Edsall
Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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