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Italian exotics say "Ciao!" at Faneuil Hall

Posted by George Kennedy  August 2, 2011 09:08 AM

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Catching a Ferrari on the street is always special. Seeing 30 classic Italian exotics at Faneuil Hall is a rarity unto itself.

That was just the scene this past Sunday, where a number of Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and Ducati motorcycles parked in front of Quincy Market to promote the upcoming Tutto Italiano car show next Sunday, Aug. 7. The display was put on by the Larz Anderson Auto Museum, a hidden gem in Brookline with a fabulous collection of cars spanning the decades.

"On any given Sunday, from May to October, we have lawn events for different makes," said museum curator Sheldon Steele. "We have a British Car Day, German Car Day, and the largest is the Italian car day, known as the Tutto Italiano."

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The owner of the Alfa Romeo 8C was eager to rev its engine, resulting in a symphony of power echoing off of the stone granite walls of Quincy Market. While motor heads can bore friends with technical data and automotive trivia, events like the Tutto Italiano prove that everyone can enjoy fine cars. It's not hard to develop a dropped jaw when a Lamborghini Gallardo passes by, for instance.

The Fanueil Hall display started off a series of Tutto events this week, including a fashion show and a pair of celebratory dinners. The museum is also selling raffle tickets for a new Fiat 500, the latest Italian car to arrive on American shores.

Go here for ticket information and to see the museum's entire show schedule.

George Kennedy is a senior writer for WheelsTV in Acton. Reach him at gkennedy@wheelstv.net (All photos: Leo Bonarrigo)

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