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Yuko meets and interviews Corrado Lopresto

Corrado Lopresto architect and entrepreneur from Milan, collector of rare vintage cars as well as prototypes and unique pieces of Italian coachbuilders. Another feature of the collection is he particularly looks for cars with chassis number 0001.
Its cars are regularly invited to the most prestigious “Concours d'Elegance” in the world in which they participate successfully.
Winner of over 200 awards and 50 best in show (the best car over all categories), the only one to have won the Gold Cup four times in the competition of elegance of Villa d'Este, the most important in Europe .

"CORRADO, DO YOU KNOW BONBON?".

Addressing the question is Yuko Noguchi, Japanese journalist who has frequented our country for over twenty years and accompanies the collectors of the Rising Sun on their events and shopping. She speaks excellent Italian and is there when it really flows like oil. I did not know what to say, and besides I was curious to know who this "Bonbon" was.
A few days later I get a message from Yuko with the answer: Bonbon was ... Mario Revelli Beaumont. At that moment it became quite clear: I had an interview at a Japanese newspaper and the author, probably, listening again to our chat and not realizing who the stylist was to which I referred, sought the help of Yuko.

The mystery solved with a laugh, I will tell you something more about Yuko. I met her at the Villa d'Este some decades ago. She accompanied the journalists of her country and is one of the nicest and kindest that I know. She can't do enough for everyone. Long ago she called me and asked: "Are you doing the white seals?". "How do you know?" I ask. She said, "I'm with a group of Japanese from Cicognani and we have seen what you are working on. Since I was told that it is for a collector that just makes things a bit 'strange' I thought of you. ""That's right - say I - remember the Alfa Romeo Sprint service a few months ago? They were here for that! ". Years ago her collector friend, Tadakazu Kojima, asked how he could participate in the Concours d'Elegance Villa d'Este. And once again she contacted me.

"What cars does he have?"

I ask. She lists a number of cars, including the only one worthy of a stage so important, a "Skyline": the car built by the Prince Motor Company but designed by Michelotti, the first example of a car designed by an Italian for the Japanese market.

"You have to focus on this, and hope to raise awareness of the selectors. Let's try ... ", I say. After a few weeks Yuko received notice that the car could be of interest because of its cultural path. After a couple of days Yuko calls me on behalf of the collector thanking me infinitely. She tells me that at just the idea of being able to be selected, Kojima had started to cry! "You'll see that we'll make it," I reply. Come the fateful day and the Japanese receives a letter inviting the world's top cars among fans of classic cars.

Lived the concours with the emotion of onset, let’s invite her and her Japanese friends home for dinner.

Kojima brings me the gift of a model of the Prince.

"Beautiful!" He exclaimed, and turned to my son, then twelve, and asked him: "Who do you think drew the lines of this machine?".

"Michelotti! - Duccio answers - is the same as our Alfa 2000 Vignale with twin headlights. "The Japanese bursts into tears and engages in a series of formal bows. "Yuko, what is going on?" I ask. And she said: "It is absolutely inconceivable to us that a 12 year old boy recognizes work by Michelotti or other designers. Kojima is impressed by your culture, Italians know everything! ".

I mention this because I must give special thanks to Yuko, for her social commitment. Japan is organizing a fundraiser for a village hit by the earthquake and Milan organizes meetings of volunteers to clean up graffiti that blur the city. And here we should bow down and cry with emotion ...

Giovanni Michelotti was an Italian entrepreneur and designer active in the automotive industry. At age 14 Giovanni Michelotti began work as an apprentice at the Farina factory. While carrying out menial tasks, such as laying out sheets on the drawing board or sharpening pencils, he had the opportunity to observe the work of leading designers and, after normal working hours, when cleaning was finished, drew some sketches that allowed him to be appreciated. So much so that when the designer for whom he worked as a boy left the company, he was asked, by Attilio Farina, the son of the owner, to replace him. The confidence he showed in him was well placed, when, a few days later, the young Michelotti, still in short trousers, made a 1:1 scale drawing of the chassis of an Alfa Romeo 6C 2500, receiving acclaim and admiration from Mario Revelli Beaumont, who was already a popular automobile designer.

Mario Revelli Beaumont: Nobility in design

Mario Revelli Beaumont can be considered one of the founding fathers of Italian car design. His name, now, is not among the best known but his genius (the central locking of the doors is one of his many ideas, along with some innovative people carrier projects made in the thirties) have left a deep mark on the world of four wheels and more.

Born June 25, 1907 in Rome, the son of an artillery officer Bethel Abiel Revelli Beaumont, he inherited his father's passion for the world of mechanics.

After completing his studies he moved to Turin and began working at the Farina and Ghia plants making special bodies. In 1929 he began working for the Special Bodies Department at Fiat where he designed the 1500 in 1935, and the following year he worked at the newborn Pininfarina and a few years later also realized projects for Viotti.

During the Second World War he converted civilian vehicles into military vehicles.

After the war Revelli Beaumont returned to work in his studio in Grugliasco (Turin), continuing its partnerships with all major brands of Piedmont (to which is added the Siata) while in the fifties he was used for consulting even by General Motors. In the mid-50s, in the years of economic boom, he worked with Simca and contributed significantly to the style of the 1000 and 1300 while in the sixties he renewed his relationship with Pininfarina.

He died May 29, 1985 in Grugliasco: in last years of his life he aimed to train young designers in Turin and Pasadena, California.

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