On Saturday 5/5/2018, Tiamo Cafe and Italian Auto Icons arranged a farewell function in front of Tiamo’s popular Carton Cafe located in Melbourne’s famous Litlle Italy’s ,Lygon Street,to wish them good luck and good driving of their family’s rare 1929 Alfa Romeo 1750 6c SS in the 2018 Italian Mille Miglia regulatory historic four day 1000 mile car rally starting on 16/5/18.
Andrew and Paul, the two experienced historic car racing sons of John Lawson( who started over 50 years ago in collecting and restoring pre WW2 Italian and other selected European rare historic cars) ,flew to Italy last week where they arrived a few days prior to their family’s 1929 Alfa safely arrived from the UK by road.
This years Mille Miglia organisers accepted 450 historic car entries from around the world.The Lawson’s 1929 ALFA and a 1952 Fiat 1100 Sports are the only two Australian owned entries out of the 450 cars participating.
Two years ago,the same Lawson family owned 1929 Alfa Romeo was entered for the 2016 Mille Miglia race ,but had to withdraw before start day due to engine problems.However ,Andrew and Paul ,together with their “hands on and self taught motor mechanic Father, John” are confident the car will perform well ,as Alfa Romeo’s have dominated the winning number cars record for this famous race.
To celebrate their farewell,the Lawson family agreed to display two of their rare 1936 French Delages and their 1951 Lancia B20 ,which ran 4th in the 2017 Targa Florio Australian Tribute ,held in Melbourne’s surrounding popular scenic regional areas.
Linda Lawson ,who is Andrews wife,drove the family’s Lancia for the entire 4 day rally ,while Andrew navigated.Well done Linda.
Dishan Marikar ,our official photographer was at Tiamo ,and his photos can be viewed by clicking on here
For viewers wanting to learn more background about the 1929 Alfa’s withdrawal from the 2016 Mille Miglia,you can click on the feature article that Fiona Mccarthy wrote in a recent Wish Magazine (The Australian Monthly insert magazine) regarding this incident, click hereCar advice also wrote an article here
We will keep viewers informed of Andrew and Paul’s progress in Italy over the next 10 days.
Good luck, Andrew and Paul.