04 Jun ART, VINTAGE AIRCRAFT and CLASSIC CARS with the BRITISH MOTOR CLUB ITALIA
A BRITISH MOOD ART-AND-FLIGHT DAY
Summer temperatures have blessed on June 2nd the oldtimer English car gather The art in flight, conceived by the British Motor Club Italia.
Fifty flaming British cars among wich my Jaguar E Type roadster moved in the early morning from the Mille Miglia Museum in Brescia to Lake Garda, along quiet country roads – beautiful passage on the ancient Roman bridge that crosses the Chiese river, in the Pontenove locality.
As we reached the village of Carzago, the gates of the MarteS, Sorlini Art Museum, opened to welcome the colorful British snake of cars. Tour guides escorted us to the noble floor of the seventeenth-century palace, telling us about the precious collection of paintings accumulated in the decades by the late entrepreneur Luciano Sorlini. Guided in the fourteen halls, we admired artworks from the Venetian and Brescia masters of the 18th century, among which were paintings by Giovanni Bellini, Pitocchetto, Palma il Vecchio, Tiepolo and Canaletto.
The group then moved to Cantrina village, where we enjoyed local dishes in the welcoming Roccolo farmhouse.
We are then set off again for Ceresara, a Mantuan village known both for its prized cherries and for its frequented Sorlini Airfield. To celebrate Italian Republic Day, a display of WWII airplanes was organized. During the show we met Silvia Sorlini, Luciano’s daughter and guardian of her father’s other great passion, in addition to art: flying.
Sorlini was an experienced pilot, he bought and restored rare examples of war and vintage aircraft, all in perfect working order. Attending to the feats of the pilots on those stunning aircraft was a moment of great emotion, the worthy conclusion of a day that, thanks to art, flight and tasty food, has largely maintained our expectations.