As the afternoon goes by more and more Italian cars and motorcycles fill the parking lot. The bikes are well-represented by vintage and modern Ducatis and Moto Guzzis, along with a smattering of vintage Vespas. The cars run the gamut from new to newly restored to daily drivers to diamonds in the rough. But given the range value represented by the cars, nobody seems too snobbish as owners of rusting Fiats rub elbows and swap stories with owners of restored Ferraris. In many ways, this was exactly the sort of community that Schaefer and Slavik wanted to create.

"That's why WOI has been successful," says Schaefer. "It's the knowledge that you are not alone." www.wheelsofitaly.com

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