TG rides along with the Carabinieri
A 172mph Lotus. Blues and twos. Armed policemen. And a fridge. Organ delivery just got faster
Posted: 02 Dec 2011
Behind the main gates, vast queues of armoured vehicles line up beside carabinieri-liveried SUVs and motorbikes. Dozens of well-groomed horses, topped with well-groomed riders, trot in neat rows along well-groomed paths as uniformed men roll between well-groomed bushes, brandishing pistols in what I only hope are training exercises. As if today wasn't Hollywood-surreal enough already.
The Evoras receive the same red-carpet reception from the carabinieri as they did from the Roman public. I wondered if there might be some lingering distrust of the Brit pair from a nation with such a distinguished heritage of building sports cars, but there's only love for the Evoras and, particularly, their link to Lotus's Formula One heritage.