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the all in multitool hides in your bike crank, adding a touch of italian finesse

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the all in multitool rests neatly inside the axle crank of your bike, adhering to the lower bracket through a magnetic ring hidden inside its stylish cap.

The Effeffe Berlinetta is a brand new 1960s Italian GT

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The Italian creation has been designed to look like a 1960s aluminum dream, even though it’s completely new.Continue reading The Effeffe Berlinetta is a brand new 1960s Italian GT

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Brembo North America: Italian Blood, American Muscle

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“How do you grow big but not be big,” said Dan Sandberg, Brembo North America President and CEO, leaning back in his chair, his eyes focused across the room. “That’s our challenge.”

It was an unseasonably warm winter day in Plymouth, Michigan at Bermbo’s North American headquarters. Sunlight poured in through the pristine windows overlooking the parking lot in the upper conference room.

I scratched Sandberg’s words on my note pad but had my tape recorder beside me. Earlier, Sandberg quipped I wasn’t old enough to know what a tape recorder was. We had a good laugh.

I am old enough to know cassette tapes, but more importantly, am I wise enough to know the merit of what was recorded? Sandberg’s telling of the Brembo story may well be etched on my tape recorder but what about my own heartstrings? Just as Brembo brakes instantly tame a race car, I felt the sudden halt in the room. Brembo’s three core employee values are innovation, commitment, and urgency; the latter was clear and present.

I put my pen down and looked up at Sandberg as he finished his thought on Brembo’s design.

“Are we artists or are we automotive guys, Carl? I think we are a little of both,” he said.

60 to Zero in 2.2 Seconds

It’s easy to spot Brembo brakes by their vibrant colors, but there’s much more behind the paint. Brembo’s signature comes in a fixed aluminum caliper with pistons on either side, making them lighter and more efficient than a traditional floating iron construction.

Although Brembo innovations are numerous, from carbon ceramic discs to brake-by-wire, the aluminum caliper stands unparalleled.

“The real products that put us on the map and launched our expansion were the aluminum calipers,” Sandberg said. “That novelty started on the performance side and has now moved into segments which are higher volume and obtainable by the normal consumer.” 

Brembo purchased the brake business of Hayes Lemmerz and orchestrated three near simultaneous expansions on their Homer, Michigan facility. Being in Homer put them close to the Big Three and as automakers continually focus on more exhilarating driving dynamics, Brembo’s location and technology became ideal. When vehicles increase in power, the conclusion is often held that conventional brakes just won’t do.

“We are used to stopping 250 mph rocket ships on the race track, doing it in a small space, and being as lightweight as possible,” Sandberg said. “As a result, we have a patented technology that performs well and looks great in the ascetics of it all.”

Along with technology patents, Brembo also owns manufacturing patents, helping them produce quality products at low cost. Such patents proved vital as Homer, Michigan was called upon to meet the rising demand.

“When you look at the entire build numbers for some of the exotic cars we supply – that could be one model alone for somebody like General Motors, whereas it might be the entire production for another company,” Sandberg said. “We have a technology driven culture, especially here in Michigan, that really helps us at the Homer plant.”

Although, coming to Michigan was a half-century in the making.

From Garage to Globe

Brembo is an American story with origins in Italy over 50 years ago. Guys in a garage started making rotors of their own when they found it difficult to get brake parts. They conducted business with manufacturers in Europe but about a decade in were approached by Enzo Ferrari. He was having problems with the racing brakes on his cars and needed a solution.

“That was our first introduction into Motorsports over forty years ago and since then, we have grown the company from both the performance and the OEM side,” Sandberg said.

Talk with some of the older engineers and they will fondly recall working during the week, then racing on the weekend. That dedication formed a strong business on the racing front that still continues. Brembo is a leading brake manufacturer in Formula 1, IndyCar, MotoGP, and even NASCAR. Their track presence now translates to everyday roads where Brembo braking components are found on everything from minivans, sports cars, and mail trucks.

Restaurant Built Inside An Italian Cave Let’s You Dine With Breathtaking Views

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What’s more romantic than a candle lit dinner at the seaside? A candle-lit dinner in a grotto restaurant carved into the Italian seaside. Grotta Palazzese hotel restaurant is set in a vaulted limestone cave in the town of Polignano a Mare in Southern Italy. You’re not only dining in a cave – you can also soak in the sights of the Adriatic sea and the vertical cliffs typical to the seaside.

The location had been inhabited since the Neolithic and was once a Greek colony. The restaurant itself might have been in used since 1700s when local nobility gathered there to do pretty much the same we’d like to do there today. They could afford it, too!

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The Eyecandy Visual Guides to Italian Hand Gestures

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Italy has been a popular destination for the fashion-obsessed as it is home to many of the world’s known designer brands. Moreover, from Milan to Venice, fashion weeks are part of expected annual events to feed the enthusiasts’ and critiques’ style cravings with the freshest releases. Italian men aren’t exempted to the fashion culture of this country which makes them (most of the time) seen as the fearless ones when it comes to the art of dressing up.

Another thing that is totally Italian in the world’s eyes is the locals’ use of hand gestures. Italian hand gestures enhance the expressions words alone can’t deliver. What makes non-Italians more curious about this practice is how Italians can use about 250 hand gestures daily just to express how they feel from hunger to amusement.

Now combine stylish Italian men doing Italian hand gestures, that’s something else right? So far there are two crash course videos featuring models as your eye-catching gesture tutors.

Petrolicious profiles the rare Italian Porschephile

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Petrolicious is going to Italy to test… a Porsche? Despite being the home of Italy’s finest supercars, this family is in love with Stuttgart’s finest.Continue reading Petrolicious profiles the rare Italian Porschephile

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An Italian home in its original glory

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For as long as I can remember I have dreamt about buying a very old home in Europe that is filled with glorious original details and maintaining that while modernizing bits as needed. This home in Italy was pretty much left intact by architecture and design firm Archiplan. Original materials were sealed to maintain their longevity, and some modern touches added to rooms like the kitchen and bathrooms. The result is stunning. 

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Maurizio Bradaschia adds green-painted extension to an Italian police station

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The green finish applied to the metal cladding of this police station extension in Italy resembles oxidised copper, but also aims to evoke the “power and invincibility” of The Incredible Hulk (+ slideshow).


Located in the Italian town of Saluzzo, the extension to the local police headquarters functions as a barracks. It was designed by Trieste-based architect Maurizio Bradaschia, who has previously completed similar projects in his home city and other local municipalities.


But unlike Bradaschia’s other barrack designs, the Saluzzo project involved an extension rather than the development of a new building.


The police station – known as the stazione di carabinieri in Italian – is located in a historic part of town but is housed in an unattractive 1960s block, so Bradaschia felt free to give the new addition its own character.


“I wanted to create a building that would meet the typological theme of a barracks and therefore express a character of strength, solidity and urban reference,” the architect told Dezeen. “At the same time it provides an architectural element in a context of little value to trigger an urban renewal.”


The foundations, pillars and slabs are all formed from concrete, while the entire exterior is covered in green-painted sheet metal. This was chosen because it was cheaper than the oxidised copper that its green hue replicates – demonstrated by projects including a lagoon-side residence in China.


“It is green because historically green was the colour of the carabinieri and their cars,” Bradaschia explained. “Green means strength, endurance, balance, stability, and perseverance. And it is metal to give a sense of unity, of force, of power – think of the colour of The Incredible Hulk – of invincibility.”

The cladding is applied in vertical courses of different widths to create a more interesting pattern on the facades, which are further animated by the misaligned window and door openings.

Meazzi Supersonic selling with Meazzi Kapitan 444 amp. Awesome Italian guitar with built in speaker.

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We’ve looked at the Meazzi Supersonic before in this post , but when I saw this one up for sale it caught my eye enough that I thought it would be nice to revisit. This Meazzi Supersonic is a great looking guitar from 1964 and I’d be interested in hearing that built in speaker.

Listed for a very tempting $ 625

Gianluca Gelmini inserts an angular iron staircase inside a medieval Italian fortress

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A colossal iron staircase bursts through the medieval stone walls of this fortified tower in rural Italy and into a copper-clad extension, as element of a renovation by regional studio Gianluca Gelmini (+ slideshow). (more&hellip)

Petrolicious teaches us how to drive Italian

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Petrolicious demonstrates you how to push tastefully in Italy, covering every little thing from conference the correct individuals to driving the proper auto on the right streets.Proceed reading Petrolicious teaches us how to generate Italian

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My Bow Breathing, An Italian Short Film

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In this Italian quick film, a youthful feminine regains her self-assurance and strength by pursuing archery. But quickly, she uses her new found talent to punish the piggish men who attacked her, carrying out an homage to Saint Sebastian. Or does she?

This limited movie is pretty gory, but the revenge is rather sweet.

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