Spend the Fall in Europe Taking on an Italian Job

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Jaguar E-Type Roadster

In honor of the 50th anniversary of The Italian Job, classic car fans are invited to a 1,400-mile drive unlike any other.

Fifty years ago, Sir Michael Caine and the late Noël Coward brought one of the greatest heist movies of all time to life with The Italian Job. Quincy Jones scored the soundtrack, and a group of Minis dazzled the streets of Turin with one of the best car chases ever put to film.

Fifty years later, the Jaguar E-Type Club and Classics on the Road will celebrate the iconic British film with a 1,400-mile drive through France, Switzerland, and Italy between October 6 and 17, dubbed “The Ultimate Italian Job Tour.”

Jaguar E-Type Roadster + Minis

The driving tour will cover several locations from The Italian Job, and be led by the Jaguar E-Type Roadster that was brutally smashed by the Italian Mafia in the film (driven by organizers and E-Type Club co-founders Philip and Julie Porter, along with the famous group of Minis, the silver Aston Martin DB4, and the orange Lamborghini Miura.

Jaguar E-Type Roadster

The tour includes a three-day stay in Turin, Italy, which will introduce participants to some of the major players of the original film, a driving experience on the rooftop test track at Fiat’s old Lingotto factory, and a private screening of The Italian Job.

“The Ultimate Italian Job Tour is going to be amazing,” said Philip Porter. “It will be unique and probably the last opportunity to celebrate this iconic movie with key people from the film, combined with fantastic driving, the star cars and informed visits to most of the charismatic locations.”

As for what you need to participate in this Italian Job extravaganza, the tour is only open to E-Types and pre-1970 Lamborghinis, Aston Martins, and Minis. You’ll also need around $6,300 to $7,500 per person, depending on accommodations chosen. More information can be had at classicsontheroad.com.

Photo credit: Philip Porter

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Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth About Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

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