Provence & Côte d’Azur: Take a drive through the lush green valleys and mountains of the Alpes Maritimes
Belle Macchine e polenta – a chic picnic!
Maserati, Alfa Romeo, Lamborghini, Ferrari … are these the kind of names that get your blood pumping? If so, the first ever Belle Macchine e Polenta might be the car event for you. In a sun-speckled press conference in Nice’s Place Garibaldi, the city's Automobile Club president Christian Proud-Diaz unveiled its new event. Later this month, 100 classic cars will course through the Alpes Maritimes in a celebration of style and design that oozes Italian culture and charm.
Proud-Diaz called the event a “celebration of exceptional Italian cars”, as a dozen iconic vehicles were assembled in the heart of the square this morning to introduce the Belle Macchine e Polenta, building much anticipation for the 20th May event.
On the day, luxury and vintage cars will depart from Place Garibaldi, twisting and twining through the hills and valleys of the region before assembling in Saint Martin Vesubie for what the Mayor of the mountain-top town, Gaston Franco, has called a “chic picnic”!
It’s not a race, purely a scenic drive through the French countryside where speed and competition have no place. “Who doesn’t love the Italian life?” said Franco, adding, “Those participating in our scenic drive will be able to enjoy a day out in the countryside, in their classic cars, and top it all off with a delicious Italian picnic in Saint Martin Vesubie.”
Mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi was also at the press conference and described the event as a “beautiful page in our heritage” and a celebration of the region historic connection with Italy. He said he was “proud” to be part of the Belle Macchine e Polenta which is a collaborative effort between Nice, Saint Martin Vesubie and the Alpes Maritimes.
The event has take its format from the very successful British Car Classic Picnic which was held for the first time last year and, due to its popularity, will be held again this summer on 1st July.
If you own an Italian made car, built before 1988, and would like to take part in the glamourous Belle Macchine e Polenta, visit the club’s website at: automobileclubdenice.com. For existing members of the car club, tickets cost 90 euros – including food, drink, a guide and souvenirs – while non-members can apply to take part from 110 euros.