What is the sound of one piston slapping?
What is the sound of one piston slapping?

I recently took a trip to the motherland to visit some relatives who didn't immigrate to the US. Naturally, as a card-carrying gearhead, I snapped a few shots of rare/interesting cars while there. Our trip started in Rome, drove southeast through the mountains, headed east to the Adriatic, and then southwest to the Tyrrhenian Sea.

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There were dozens of old, funky French cars throughout the countryside

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I always forget how small these Fiat 500s are—they make the econobox Aveo look enormous

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An old Birmingham Small Arms Company motorcycle, an icon of British simplicity an elegance

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In contrast, here's an icon of British opulence.

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I've always loved these Fiat Panda 4x4s

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The German and American occupation: part II

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Crown Vic who?

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The UAZ 469, a rugged and archaic Russian workhorse

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The French are back!

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"O cock..."

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Spotted this American tourist in Roccamandolfi, a tiny mountain town of 1,000

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Of course, we had to remember to stop and enjoy the view along the way.

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