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Friday, July 21, 2017


   by john manzi  for NAADA
On Sunday(May 23)  a contingent of amateur drivers representing NAADA will wing their way to northern Italy for a series of races against their Italian counterparts at racetracks in Treviso, Padova and Cesena.

“Although the competitions don’t start until Wednesday we’re going a day early because of the time difference and we need to chill out and be at our best for the competitions,” noted Joe Faraldo, president of NAADA and their team leader who recently won a race in Vincennes against  the French amateurs.

Faraldo will be joined by fellow NAADA reinsmen, Alan Schwartz, Anthony Verruso and Tony Ciufettelli and they will have to be at their best to be able to avenge the trouncing they received last year on American soil by the visiting Italians.

“Winning or losing is incidental in these international driving competitions,” Faraldo lamented  “It’s all about sharing the comradery we’ve fostered over the years and we, and they, look forward to these annual races in each of our countries.”

Although the Italian teams at the various venues are yet to be finalized among the Italian amateurs already set to compete include Michele Canali, Marco Lasi, Filippo Monti, Matteo Zaccherinni  Giancarlo Moretti. Roberto Michelotto, Otello Zorzetto and Raffaello Ruffato.

The partying will get underway just as soon as the American contingent lands on Italian soil and the following is the tentative itinerary   
Monday 24th:
Welcome at Malpensa Airport in Milan
  • 12 noon: Bus to Padova (short stop for quick lunch)
  • 6pm: arrive to Hotel Al Santo and relax
  • 8.30pm: Dinner at “Couver Tennis” Padova

Tuesday 25th:
  • 9 am: Bus to Venice and city tour (all day in Venice)
  • Dinner:  in either Venice or back to Padova

Wednesday 26th:
  • Morning: free time
  • 12.30pm: Bus to “Allevamento Biasuzzi” and visit to the Biasuzzi Centre
  • 6pm: Bus to Ippodromo Treviso (1st day races)
  • 10.30pm: dinner at the Ippodromo
  • 12 midnight: Bus to Hotel

Thursday 27th:
  • 9am start of Padova City Tour (no bus)
  • 3 pm: back to Hotel and relax
  • 7 pm: Bus to Ippodromo of Padova (2nd day of races)
  • 10.30pm: Dinner at “Villa Italia” Restaurant
  • 12.30am: bus to Hotel

Friday 28th:
  • Morning: free time
  • 3.30pm: Bus to Cesena (3rd day of races)
  • Dinner at Cesena Ippodromo
  • 12.30am: Bus to Hotel

Saturday 29th: back to Milan to expore the city and its bounties

Sunday, 30th --back to the USA