THE HORSHAM SHOW:
It’s incredible how quickly the Horsham Piazza Italia has become a well loved and established event in the South East, though after a bit of thought it’s no surprise at all. It’s an exciting blend of market treats, live music and most importantly, cars; an eye-watering collection of Italian thoroughbreds newly polished and ready to go. The sheer success of the Piazza Italia has seen it into its 10th year, so to celebrate this achievement? A tour of the district.
It was a brisk start in Horsham. There was light mist but the odd patch of sun was encouraging for the day ahead. It was fairly quiet at the start; a remarkably intimate occasion, the limited crowds making it feel special and unique. The coffee shop on the corner took its orders from the tour drivers as one-by-one the Carfax filled with an elegant mix of vehicles. A sharp bark from a well tuned exhaust interrupted the morning. A couple of Lamborghini owners recognised the car it came from simply by the sound. A pair of Aventadors rounded the corner. It was a real moment. The SV’s lustful yellow stung the eyes, as chiseled and unique as a pair of Lamborghinis could be, their low noses easing over the cobbles.
An hour or so later the tour set off. The route started with Billingshurst followed by Pulborough, Storrington and Steyning for lunch. The slick timings of the day saw enough breathing space for the people attending to enjoy the cars. One of the best aspects of the Piazza Italia has traditionally been the “grand depart” as the cars leave. This is because a huge part of experiencing these intoxicating machines is the sounds they create. The gutsy burbling crackle of a V8 or a tuned howl of a V12, mixed in with the futuristically silent presence of the electro powered i8 and Teslas. It sounds odd but to see something working makes it real, not just a bedroom wall poster. Each location saw a repeat of these best bits from the traditional Piazza format. Simply a mosey down and all this could be experienced for free!
We were lucky at the chance to see each location and what it had to offer. It’s an incredible sight to watch a dozen or so of highly treasured cars descend onto a small town. The route itself was perfect, allowing the drivers to stretch their legs on the return from Steyning via Henfield. Each location had something unique to offer. A few saw fantastic display contributions from other cars including members of SADCASE in Storrington, not forgetting the fine selection of foods from the markets in Steyning. In summary what happened on the 13th was an example of local owners, businesses and residents collaborating on a day of glorious sunshine to create a unique event that shows what the district really has to offer. Result: The Piazza Italia District Tour was a resounding success. Bring on the Easter weekend!
Words - Tom Aiton // Photography - Tom Duke