Photo Report This Italian Motoring Crew Will Make You Very Jealous

Up in the Piedmont of Italy, the city of Torino (or, as English speakers call it, Turin) is steeped in history both automotive and royal. It was the birthplace of Fiat, as well as the seat of Savoy rule. So it’s a natural meeting spot for the cast of ’70s-styled characters who make up Biscioni Torino. There’s a gent named Ale: Lanky, suited, sideburned, permanently smoking. Giovanni: A stay-pressed denim-obsessive whose top gear is as well-worn as his top three buttons are unused. And Nic: He, with a touch of a New York accent, who followed his love of cars and culture to Torino recently. They assemble weekly at local cafes, and monthly for countryside rides. And when they’re together, they create a glamorous riot of cars, clothes, and watches. The Biscioni refuse to be referred to as a car club, but they aim to keep alive the automotive glory years of Torino and Fiat, by living it. This isn't a Concourse d’Elegance. They’re jamming through gears and slinging metal frames across cobblestones, and lounging at long tables at Ballantine’s or Osteria Cooperativa di Rivodora with an endless succession of espressos, aperitifs, primi, secondi, and vino, always under a cloud of smoke. swiss watch replicas

Sometimes the smoke extends to the engine. My second night with The Biscioni ended abruptly on the steep grade leaving Al Monte Dei Cappuccini, in the hills just southeast of Torino. Fine tailored Italian sleeves were rolled up, a Muyshondt light was put to work, the Biscioni crowded around the spacious engine bay of a problematic Fiat 130 coupe.

Maintenance comes with the territory; most of the Biscioni compensate for this by keeping a few cars in rotation (as few as three, and as many as 26). Given their love of mechanics and classical tastes, it’s hardly surprising that the Biscioni wrists are as interesting as their wheels.Hublot Replica Watches