Shining like a jewel in Gringotts Wizarding Bank, this Goodwood article about maneuvering the 1911 FIAT S76 into London's Royal Automobile Club stood out amidst today's news surrounding the many automotive engineering feats debuting at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show.
I'm not sure how much the chain-driven "Beast of Turin" weighs, but one look at the behemoth leads me to believe it must be around two tons. Imagine pondering how to move a car of that size and weight through the revolving doors of a private club on London's Pall Mall and up one floor. Although I've supervised teams transporting rare automobiles to numerous photo locations, I've never encountered a problem quite like this. Best read the story in case you two are faced with a similar Laurel and Hardy problem.
Giorgetto Giugiaro, 77 years next August 7, leaves his role as Honorary President at Italdesign Giugiaro, to dedicate more time to his passions and personal interests.
The decision coincides with Giugiaro’s sixtieth anniversary in car design. Since 1955 Giugiaro designed hundreds among the most renowned and successful cars, working together with all of the main OEMs worldwide.
Italdesign Giugiaro is now fully integrated into the Volkswagen and Audi Group, of which it is part since 2010. The Company’s management, during the last five years, gained experience and full competences to autonomously operate and strengthen the presence of Italdesign Giugiaro inside the Group.
The Company’s growth is and will be constant. Some 50 new hires are planned within the end of the current year. Since 2010, some 200 new employers joined the Company. Giugiaro’s decision to leave Italdesign, will neither affect the activities, nor the Company’s growth process.
In his career, Giugiaro designed more than 200 car models. The academic world acknowledged his genius and prestigious results by conferring him seven ad honorem degrees; the list of the awards in car and industrial design is countless, among them six Compasso d’Oro, three Car of the Year, two Golden Steering Wheels. In 2001 the President of the Italian Republic Carlo Azeglio Ciampi awarded him with the title of Cavaliere del Lavoro (Knighthood for Labor), in 2007 the President of Italian Republic Giorgio Napolitano awarded him with “Premio Leonardo” and “Premio Leonardo Qualità Italia” as being “among those who have contributed to shaping the course of the European automotive industry.”
Celebrated in the American 'Automotive Hall of Fame' in Detroit, Giugiaro is enclosed in the ANE European Automotive Hall of Fame, in Geneva, along with Giovanni Agnelli, named among the top 13 institutional members considered "immortal" for their technical managerial and business outcomes in the automotive sector.
Below, is the 1967 Maserati Ghibli.