The Car Guy Tour was founded in 1998 as a way for enthusiasts to get up-close and hands-on with the Italian Automotive Design, Manufacturing and Restoration industries.
I hope you will plan to join me March 20th – 30th for perhaps the most fun you’re going to have in your whole life! Maserati enthusiasts will be treated to some very special moments.
The “Car Guy Tour” is so much fun that some people have taken the tour two and three times. Incredibly, one guy will make this year his fourth time!! Could it be that good?
This will be my seventh Tour and I still look forward to watching my fellow gear heads get blown away, not only by the incredible places we visit and cars we see, but by the wonderful Italian artisans we meet along the way.
The Euro has strengthened against the dollar in the last couple years, pushing prices higher in all segments of the economy, including hotels and rental cars, so don’t be turned off by the cost – it’s still a bargain. Seats are limited.
Official Tour Guide
A message from the Tour Guide
Greetings my fellow Italian car enthusiasts,
It’s been a little over two years since Janet and I sold the MIE Corp. after 28 years in business, and nearly eight months since we sold our interest in the Concorso Italiano, an event we established 18 years ago. Kerry has done an excellent job of contributing to the continuing passion.
Yes, there have been a lot of changes. For example, this was the first time in some 25 years that we didn’t go to Monterey and we actually enjoyed a summer here in the great Northwest. Life is good and moving on is to be welcomed, not feared.
Janet, our boys and I are enjoying life and looking forward to new endeavors.
We will be moving to Florence, Italy for six months and Tony will be going to school there.
We are planning to immerse ourselves in the Italian culture. I may even get a stall in the market place and sell strawberries. With Maserati still very active in my DNA,
I bought a Mistral Spyder a few months ago and am in the process of restoring it.
You can watch the process on my blog at
I also acquired a flathead powered 34 Ford High Boy Roadster and a new Harley Davidson Soft Tail Heritage.
Wishing you all the very best and with warm regards to our Maserati friends.
Francis G. (Frank) Mandarano
The Fun Begins
Sat., March 19, 2005
Depart all gateways.
Sun., March 20
Arrive in Milan. Sunday is a free day to adjust from jet lag. Note: breakfast is included at this hotel and all of our hotels, so please feel free to have breakfast.
6:30 p.m. – The kick-off group reception. Meet-and-mix cocktail hour will be held at the hotel in the breakfast area. Dinner is on your own at one of the many ristorantes within easy walking distance in the area. I’ll try to have a list of recommendations.
Mon., March 21
8:57 a.m. – Alfa Romeo Museum & Alfa Centro Stile
11:30 a.m. – Lunch in the country. After lunch, tour of Zagato Design and Zagato restorations. Pick up rental car at Malpensa Airport. Drive to Turin.
5:30 p.m. – Meet at the bar down on the corner.
Tue., March 22
11:00 a.m. – Pininfarina Collection. Depart on bus to Pininfarina Design Center. Lunch in downtown Torino.
1:30 p.m. – Depart on bus for Lancia with special guest Mike Robinson, Director of Lancia Stile.
3:30 p.m. – Museum del’Automobile with Carlo Biscaretti di Ruffia (Torino).
4:30 p.m. – Tom Tjaarda studio. Shopping on Via Roma in downtown Torino.
Wed., March 23
8:57 a.m. – ItalDesign. Depart in convoy. Bertone Design Center. Lunch in small country Ristorante.
3:00 p.m. – I.DE.A. Design Studio. Optional: S.A.L.T. and a visit with Sig. Franco Gavina, the Michael Jordan of interiors.
Thu., March 24
Up early and drive to Modena. This is really FUN!
12:00 p.m. – Meet up for Lunch at Cavallino in Maranello. After lunch, browse and shopping at Formula 1 and warm up. Visit the official Ferrari Galleria Museum and the newest Ferrari Factory Store.
3:00 p.m. – Ferrari Factory Tour (for those who own Ferraris and have letters). Meet at designated bar for drinks, then shop in Modena. Dinner at Danilo’s, Finn’s or great little pizzerias (Grotino’s) down the street.
Fri., March 25
9:30 a.m. – Lamborghini Factory.
2:00 p.m. – Maserati Factory.
4:00 p.m. – Pagani. Meet at designated “Bar Drogi” for drinks, then shopping in downtown Modena.. Shops close at 7:30 p.m. Look for great men’s clothing; try Zanolini’s, which is around the corner next to the bank. They were the official clothier of the Mille Miglia and I think you’ll find their quality very high with moderate prices. Car models. Specialty foods. Ladies, you will find Modena to be an absolute gold mine of high quality bargains, from rare fabrics to kitchen utensils, high fashion clothing, intimate apparel, household furnishings. Modena has it all. Dinner in central Modena, within easy walking distance.
Sat., March 26
Free time. Modena Flea Market, or consider a day trip to Florence or Venice. Please note: In previous years most people left most of their luggage in the room at the Modena Hotel and traveled light to Florence or Venice.
Sun., March 27
Free time. Enjoy a walk around Modena and have a good look at the architecture. Or you could take the high-speed train for a day trip to Florence or Venice. Hotel in Modena.
Mon., March 28
8:45 a.m. – Depart hotel.
9:20 a.m. – Autosport restorations.
11:00 a.m. – Stanguellini Museum.
12:30 p.m. – Lunch at the famous Lauros on Viale Ciro Menotti.
2:20 p.m. – Schedoni, leather goods manufacturer for Ferrari, Maserati and other world-class automobile companies.
3:00 p.m. – Visit to Edonis Factory.
4:45 p.m. – Nuova Lunelli, vintage parts machine shop, or Coloti transmission. Meet at a designated bar for drinks and then shopping in downtown Modena.
Tue., March 29
8:45 a.m. – DeTomaso Automobili factory tour. They have a good gift shop.
11:00 a.m. – Maserati collection. Visit the incredible Maserati collection of Umberto and Matteo Panini. Lunch in the mall – you have got to see this place!
2:30 p.m. – Mario Righini. Convoy to the incredible private collection of Mario Righini, one of Italy’s finest.
4:30 p.m. – Optional visit the Modena Ferrari Maserati dealer.
5:00 p.m. – Brandoli Restoration Shop. Meet in the bar. Shopping until 7:30 p.m. Awards reception and roast in hotel bar.
Wed., March 30
Up early. Check out, depart for Milan airport. Stop for coffee on the autostrada. Follow signs to Malpensa. Please be sure to allow plenty of time (3 hours) for the drive to the airport.