1999 Forza Mille
The Forza Mille is an event put on by Rich and Jean Taylor of Vintage Rallies. These events aren't really open to the public; they are more of an organized driving trip for car owners. The event is a three-day TSD rally over about a thousand miles of country roads. Participants spend about $3500 a couple to cover rooms and meals at some very nice establishments, including the Basin Harbor Club in Panton, Vermont. The Forza Mille was open to any Italian car, any 12-cylinder car, and, because Mercedes was the corporate sponsor, any Mercedes.
I recorded these sounds along the driveway to the club as participants were building up speed. The event is not a speed contest, and breaking the speed limits is not necessary to do well. However, we all know what temptation the loud pedal of an Italian car is, especially when some goon with a microphone is encouraging you to misbehave.
I apologize for not having any pictures of this event - my SLR camera battery died as I got ready to take the first shot. Have you checked your camera battery lately?