Bertone,Trenchant Designers

bertone_logoBertone’s Factory ,coachbuilder, was founded by Giovanni Bertone in Torino on 1912;  some decades after his second son Nuccio Bertone became owner of this gem in to Italian car’s industy,surviving to both WWI and WWII.

Bertone factory is located in Grugliasco,north west Torino,is one of most modern car’s factory in this city,surpass Fiat Mirafiori plant,stand-alone plant in energy matter,can produce 100.000 cars a year and employ 1200 or more addicted to own work factory workers.

Bertone’s Painting section has no equal in Europe,despite the crisis Lamborghini is aiming this section for cataphoresis painting of Gallardo’s chassis.lamborghini1280

On 2003 I became the proud owner of one of last Bertone’s production in association with Opel,the Astra Coupè ,and that’s doesn’t mean only have  a car with a name signed on a Body like was one of my childhood’s car wish(Lamborghini Countach);is a matter of inner quality,cx and special steels,the body only weight 256kg but has rigidness of 18000 Nm;So due nearness(I live near Grugliasco, 35 Miles),thanks God and other things in October 2003 I was able to visit the plant in Torino.I was amazed by the enthusiasm living in the lanes of this factory,the best technology possible,know how at the service of the traditions and quality;I visited all the process section from welding throught painting till assembling and polishing…amazing day have lunch with workers.IMG_5412

My Paint for say thank you to the After Sales Manager


My Car

Finally after 4 years of Darkness, due recivership , FIAT weirdly seem come to rescue show intrest for this plant,till now administred by dodgy as predatory men,that’s should mean O2 for all the workers and honor for one of most important Italian coachbuilder close to 100th year of anniversary .

I’m a profane in this kind of things but driving my car,visiting this factory and learning something to the past of this tradition I have understand a thing,warned by message from the past writtend by Nuccio Bertone in to 1969850 RE-TelegrammaBertone“Very Good- I’m following your steps with enthusiasm,please continue in that way without Overdo– Best Wishes” Nuccio Bertone


Nuccio Bertone and the Lamborghini Countach*

*Its an Italian expression similar to the English “Phwooar”, has no real meaning but is an expression of appreciation. Countach pronounced (kuhn-tah) is an exclamation in english it would be something like holy f***ing cow! or holy $#!t

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bertoneMain Lobby Closed!

bertoneiibertoneiiiMy car on west side of the plant


View Corso Allamano 4


Fiat and  Sergio Marchionne has presented to press the new MASERATI’s plant named GIOVANNI AGNELLI born from BERTONE factory ,my hopes will be respected,I’m sure the cars  that will be produced from here  will be the best.

I’m happy for People working there ,they are the best and soon all of thems, 1000 workers(for now 500) will back to lanes.

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Is the Sun Shines Brighter?

In these weeks of summer I noticed a difference ,is a matter of is clean,the blue is at the ideal kelvin degree..and the Sun ,heating ,seems be brighter if compared to the last 3 past summers,without a sort of  grey/desaturated filter I had this impression looking also at the green colours around me,the green is really deep ,love our recharged and regenerated SUN…

the Wedding Guest

Great News comes,10 October 2009 will be one of greatest day of my life,my dear Friend (and last but not the least Director for Arkadin Pictures)Matteo Merli have invite me at his wedding with Francesca…it will be set 406 km from my home, Tuscany,Bagno a Ripoli,very Close Florence ,in this amazing place named Bigallo I have just booked a room…I like be part of this thing in the best way possible



My homage to Matteo and Francesca


My intrest was shaken by reading  Clones in Space by Patricia Thomson published on Vol 90 N°7 of American Cinematographer,seems to be in front of another intresting Anamorphic Indie gem from  british Director Duncan Jones ( 30 March 1971 son of rockstar David Bowie).

Starring Sam Rockwell MOON (Prize Sundance Film Festival)is a story about clones and primary energy resources set on a Moon Base on near future.Shot by indipendent cinematographer Gary Shaw on 3-perf Super 35mm(for budget reason) is inspired to the Anamorphic look of masterpieces as 2001,Silent Running and Outland; this feature was set by production designer Tony Noble ( on England Shepperton Studios) for a concrete look rather than sleek touch screen technology of today. The production ,5 Millions budget for 33 days,used Panaflex Millennium XL set as Main Camera,Arri 435 was used for high speed work and Arricam Lite for handheld work,supported by Primo Lenses And Primo 4:1 ,11:1 zooms.The choice at time for the film stock felt over Kodak Vison 200T 5274 ,now discontinued, for keep an older look refferring to the films previous mentioned,then add Vision 3 500T 5219 for miniature’s  sequences and works in particual space’s scenarios.

Last but not the least Original soundtrack is composed by Clint Mansell ,I really would like to hear and see it soon…