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Mille Miglia: Cars and Culture Libby Horner Wednesday 12 July 2017

In 1955 Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson won the 1000 mile open-road endurance race round Italy with a staggering average speed of 98.53 mph which didn’t allow them any time for pit stops or culture. In 2014 Libby, driving an iconic red Alfa Romeo, followed the route in more leisurely fashion.

In this multi-media lecture combining photographs, film, songs, and quotations from writers and poets Libby will give us a kaleidoscopic view of the cars and characters involved in the race from its inception in 1927 together with numerous detours to sample music, architecture and art. 

So do come along and join in this light-hearted, end-of-season tour around some of the iconic hill towns and villages of Italy; beautiful Soave, Palladian Vicenza, Henriques’ sculptures at Peralta, Giotto murals in Padua......

Libby Horner is a freelance art historian, curator, film producer, lecturer and writer. She has a PhD in Victorian Art & Architecture and has also worked as a graphic designer in the Middle East and Hong Kong.