MAY 11-14 2023 COPPA DELLA PERUGINA
In the variegated universe of vintage car meetings, it is nice to find the resistant action of a “hard core” who enhances the world of historic and classic cars. This is the case of CAMEP (Club Auto Moto Epoca Perugino) and its best-known event, the Coppa della Perugina, which I attended last weekend.
The not very encouraging weather forecast convinced me to reach Perugia on board my Aston Martin DB6. Four hundred kilometers traveled without haste, and here I am at the CDP Dealership for the usual welcome. After the briefing, the snake of 104 cars – numerous rare and highly prized specimens – reached the Autodromo dell’Umbria, in Magione. A few laps on the track and return to the city for the Japanese theatrical show in the hermetic Konparu style.
The second day was particularly effervescent, which began with the tour of the Lamborghini Estate, a place to which the founder Ferruccio was very attached, and continued in the direction of Cortona, a splendid village that the guided tour made even more fascinating. Having reached Solomeo, the fiefdom of the entrepreneur Brunello Cucinelli, we visited the Castello di Solomeo winery and dined in the elegant company dining hall.
Saturday in medieval style, with a morning visit to the castle of Solfagnano and Sansepolcro, with its wonderful paintings by Piero della Francesca. During the journey I allowed myself an unscheduled visit to the extraordinary Burri Collection in the former tobacco dryers at Città di Castello. Return to Perugia for the parade in Corso Vannucci, with the colorful touch of the students of the Di Betto Artistic High School dressed in vintage style (during the gala dinner at the castle of Rosciano I also won one of their paintings, which will find space in my Blue Room).
The last day opened with a visit to the Perugina factory and its Chocolate Museum; then, the thirty pre-war participants recalled the historic Coppa della Perugina route. Afterwards, return to Perugia for the static exhibition of the cars in San Francesco al Prato, visit of the Museum of the Academy of Fine Arts and awards of the regularity tests.
It was an intense four days, full of art, beauty, encounters and food and wine delights. A round of applause to CAMEP and its president, Ugo Amodeo, who once again gave us one of the most pleasant and best organized gatherings in Italy.