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  • Christopher

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    This is awesome! Learned something new today.

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  • moln

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    There is another one in Belgium : the old Imperia Factory (http://www.automania.be/fr/auto/imperia-b/imperia-historiques/imperia-la-derniere-marque-automobile-belge - see picture 19 with track on the roof)

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  • Josh Clason

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    Awesome, I learned something new today also.

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  • ShamWerks

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    Briliant article!

    Funny how we can get attached to these rusty bastards. Your words "laugh-out-loud fun and gut-wrenching anger and headaches in equal measure, frequently during the course of one trip" sums it all up perfectly!

    Damn, I do miss my VW 181 "Thing"...

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  • Leo Edward

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    One of the BEST days of my entire life was visiting Turin and seeing Lingotto in person. I grew up watching The Italian Job several times a year so when the chance came to hunt out the rooftop test track, I had to try. There was very little information available, and I was saddened by the fact the building's been turned into just your average shopping mall, but hidden away behind this, you can still find the spiral ramp, and if you head for the modernist box art gallery on the roof, a discreet glass door leads out onto the track.

    The day I was there it was baking hot, and the Tarmac was almost tacky, and I climbed up the banked corners and couldn't believe how steep they were, it gave me the shits just looking down, with only a tiny barrier between me and a six storey fall.to drive it must be incredible.

    This must be added to any petrolhead's Italian Itinerary!

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  • Alan Franklin

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    Great story, thanks for sharing it with us, Leo.

    Those banked curves never seem to look as steep in photos as they do in person.

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  • Eddie Relvas

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    Nice writeup. I do wish I can someday drive my 124 Spider up there, it's on my to-do list with the car... By the way, mine is an early '67 pre-series car (bought from Italy), and I've now owned it 7 years. Apart from some issues caused by someone not very knowledgeable who worked on it (the #1 curse for Fiats of this era) before and lack of use, it's been absolutely reliable, and I just can't help but drive it... it's my daily driver of choice, racking up between 8 and 9,000 km a year. It's a beautifully engineered car, it's gorgeous to look at and I even like working on it (I do all my own maintenance).

    from 7300 Portalegre, Portugal
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  • Fernando Bunster

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    There's another one built by Chrysler in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

    http://jalopnik.com/5745797/chryslers-amazing-secret-rooftop-test-track

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