Gallery>> Speedhunting In Italy Part2

It’s hard to believe that  Dino and I have been in Italy almost a week, and our journey is starting to wind down… As I type this blog post, I’m sitting in a hotel next to Monza circuit….

The bar man tells me that this chair I’m sitting on was occupied by a certain Michael Schumacher three years ago…. perhaps if I sit here long enough I’ll absorb some of his greatness…. or not hahaha…. Anyway, let’s have a look back through the past few days of Speedhunting in Italy….

We spent three days at Adria Circuit working with the Maserati Vitaphone racing team to produce the third of our NFS Drivers Film shoots…. let me tell you it was emotional bliss for me just to be able to stand next to this car…. what a big beast of a GT racer it is!….

Those of you in the US drift scene will notice drift film maker Will Roegge in the green shirt.

We thought it would be cool to transport Will across the Atlantic to film some top line European GT racing… I can’t wait to see his video footage!

I have to say, Adria is quite a fine factility. I was a little skeptical when I first saw how small the track is, but after spending a few days at the circuit, I’m totally convinced. It’s a great place to spectate as you can see almost all the corners from any trackside position… It’s also a fantastic location to work at too, as the paddock area is covered by a huge dome…. Quite impressive.

In fact, this race was one of the most comfortable events I’ve had the pleasure to attend…. Not only was the hot sun kept at bay by the dome, but Maserati let us set up camp in the blue rig on the left of this photo.

It was a great place to dump all our camera gear in between track sessions… this is the camera that I use to shoot all the Speedhunters videos.

We hooked up Dino with a Flip cam so he could try his hand at shooting some video footage. I’m not sure if Will Roegge on the right likes or dislikes what he’s seeing… :>

I feelI need to say something about the food we got to enjoy at Adria circuit…. I ate some of the best Italian food I’ve ever had in my entire life there!…. Fine dining is not something that one would normally associate with race tracks, but the Italians have a special way of doing things don’t they?

Our lunch of course was finished with some fresh gelato… mmmmmm….

… and the most incredible espresso that money can buy…. Only in Italy are these things possible!

With our bellies full and our veins throbbing with caffeine it was time to hit the track to shoot video for the new NFS Drivers Film project and Speedhunters…. We have some amazing footage in the can now, which I can’t wait to start hacking up in Final Cut Pro with our editor Riley back in Vancouver…

This morning, Dino and I said goodbye to the film crew and set off to the outfskirts of Milan to meet up with a few Italian JDM enthusiasts…

I was particulary impressed with this V-spec R34 Skyline owned by Carlo Bolognino.

The engine was so clean you could eat off of it…

After a rather scary performance drive with Carlo we all set off to Monza circuit……

… we were on a sacred pilgrimage to visit one of the most hallowed Temples of Speed on the planet… The Monza Banking… We drove down some access roads in the middle of Monza Circuit and saw this concrete structure looming over the road… Wow….

Unable to access the banking, we drove down a pathway into the adjacent forest….

The banking appeared through the trees, loaming over us… what a stunning sight this was…

Here Dino beholds the banking for the first time.

Words cannot express the feeling of this sacred place, so I’ll let you look at the photo for the time being….

I’ll follow up with a more detailed Temple of Speed story in the coming week or so.

After our moment of worship at the Monza banking, we parked up the JDM cars at a cafe in the center of the circuit… it was pretty fun to watch what a commotion these things stirred up… I think many of the young people present, knew the R34s from video games but had never seen one in real life…. Dino and I had a chuckle watching them gawk at the cars.

Me being me… I had to have a look at the Monza model shop…. They seemed to carry a lot of product from this brand called Motorama…. I like this huge 1/8 scale MC12 RC Toy…

Argh… more 1/43 goodness!!!… I can report that I did NOT manage to leave the shop without spending any money,  but it was only 5 Euros… It seems like Motorama is pretty friendly on the wallet!

So this brings us back to this evening where Dino and I are sitting at the bar in our Monza hotel, typing away on our respective Italian Speedhunting stories….

Now it turns out this hotel is very popular with F1 drivers. The barman was very happy to pull out the guest book for us to check out.

Isn’t that a great signature?

Pretty cool no?

Or perhaps this one is more interesting to you?

Sitting here I can feel the echo’s of automotive racing history all around me, and have only scratched the surface of what Italy has to offer to us Speedhunters. It will take many trips here to fully explore this universe… Italy is not
only one of great cultures of the world, but it boasts
one of the most inspirational and passionate automotive cultures too. If you love cars, then you must come here!



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I wish i were here, amazing !


just WOW...


Amazing Rod, great stuff


Nice, very nice


I cant believe I missed out, i know the owner of the grey skyline, i wish i could have met you guys.... dammit!


beeela Italia :)


Wow, after seeing this, I think I want more features. What about featuring those Skylines?


IDM lol, nice one.

Those GT-R's look good, but i like Dino's better. You should do a feature on Dino's GT-R once he goes back to Japan.


Nice laptop :)


I don't really care about the cars of the post -- I just want to go to italy and have that food


And this is why I have always loved and always will love Italy!

I absolutely cannot wait to go there for one more trip!


Italy is such an awesome place, if they can ever get their traffic and trash system figured out, it would be heaven.


this is so cool!

i love the shot of two R34s from inside the car.

is there any way to get the original size picture? like via email or something?


Hahaha, the 3rd shot down - Dino looks like a 5 year old kid looking on at the guys who own the candy store! :D

Such a child!


Hi rob,

Thks for your feedbacks about my R34. Next time you will come in Italy we'll go to racing in a circuit ;-).



Great pictures and it looks like a great time also.


R34 x Bayside Blue + Tomei stroker + Nismo intercooler + Z-Tune bonnet = SUCCESS!!!


I'm about to board the jealous train right now. It's pretty packed


Is that an HPX you're shooting with Rod?? Can't wait to see the footage!!!


Bravo! I am anticipating more!


damn looks like u guys had fun


What I would do for your job ... LOL ... I wish I could travel and be experiencing that.


You should visit Balocco Circuit with Alfa Romeo drivers =)


Yeah, desktop of IMG_0049 would be awesome!


Looks like a great place! I really need to go to Italy now!