It’s funny how the world works. I managed to bump into Freddie - the founder of The Italian Job at Autosport International, earlier this year in Birmingham. It turned out that, oddly enough, we live a few doors down from each other in Steyning. So, 166 miles back home, we packed our camera bag, put our shoes on and for once, didn’t get in the car but walked down the road to chat over a few beers.
For a chance to see some of the Minis taking part, Freddie introduced us to Barry and Jackie - two ‘Jobbers’ (a nickname for the rally participants) that are embarking on their third Italian Job. This year they’re going in Jackie’s 1981 998cc Mini City which, if you don’t know your Minis, is the white one.
WHAT IS THE ITALIAN JOB TOUR?
Other than taking inspiration from one of the greatest Anglo-Italian bank heist car chase movies of all time - The Italian Job is a tour of the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, this year based out of Bologna. Participants must drive a car that features in the film: Minis, new and old, Aston Martins, Fiat Dinos - you get the gist of it. It affords ‘Jobbers’ the experience of the best Italian countryside and gastronomy on a voyage bursting with things to do.