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Headed to Italy? Skip the Vespa and Rent One of These Retro Electric Fiats.

Cars InsideHook

“As 1960s jet-setters partied down at sandy beaches all over the world, they were most often seen not in their Ferraris or Maseratis but behind the wheel of a Fiat Jolly.”  That’s RM Sotheby’s in an auction listing for a 1958 model of the classic
'“As 1960s jet-setters partied down at sandy beaches all over the world, they were most often seen not in their Ferraris or Maseratis but behind the wheel of a Fiat Jolly.”  That’s RM Sotheby’s in an auction listing for a 1958 model of the classic Italian joyrider.But instead of being a footnote in automotive history, the car is coming back in a big way: Garage Italia has built all-electric versions they’re calling the Fiat 500 Jolly Spiaggina Icon-e, and you can rent them exclusively through Hertz Italy . That’s right, the Vespa has just been dethroned as the Italian vacation rental of choice.What electric Fiat 500 Jolly will you rent: Hertz yellow, retro blue or Italian flag? (Hertz) How to rent a Fiat 500 Jolly Spiaggina Icon-e The electric Fiats are available now through Hertz Italy’s “Selezione Italia” program, in which renters can skip the economy jalopy for an iconic Italian automobile like an Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio or Abarth 124 Spider convertible.You can rent them via phone or Hertz’s online portal until September 30th, with prices starting at €300 per day, and pick them up in Rome, Florence, Milan, Naples, Olbia, Catania or Palermo.So if you don’t have a trip planned yet, hop to it.Why this is the ultimate car to rent in Italy Obviously, the reason to rent your own car in Italy is to see more of the picturesque cities than you would with your own two feet, and the lack of doors and a roof here will help you on that account.Unlike a Vespa, you won’t be as worried about maneuvering around potholes (or lead-footed locals); but it’s just as photogenic, with three available colors: the Italian flag, Hertz yellow and classic blue.And unlike many other rental offerings, this features an automatic transmission (it is electric, after all). Speaking of, Hertz notes the range on this Fiat is around 75 miles, which is perfectly acceptable for your puttering around purposes.Oh, and there are four seats in this pipsqueak, which means you can bring the whole family, plan a double-date vacation or just have more room for your luggage.This could be us, and Hertz Italy isn’t playin’. (Hertz) Yes, the pairing of Flordia’s own Hertz with an Italian leader in bespoke restomods is not something we expected, but that’s just how we prefer our European vacations: unpredictable.If you can’t make it to Italy before this run ends in September, all is not lost.In a press release, Vincent Gillet, Hertz’s vice president of international marketing, said “there’s a lot more to come” for the rental company’s Selezione Italia program.And on Garage Italia’s website, the company notes the “Jolly Icon-e is only the first drop for this project, to be followed by other seasonal releases that Garage Italia is currently developing.” Rest assured, Hertz has more kooky cars in the works.And you’ll be able to rent them. . The post Headed to Italy?Skip the Vespa and Rent One of These Retro Electric Fiats. appeared first on InsideHook .'

Lookout Closes More Beach to Vehicles

Cars Coastal Review Online

Because of the record number of sea turtle nests at Cape Lookout National Seashore, more miles of the beach have been temporarily closed to off-road vehicles.
'HARKERS ISLAND —  Cape Lookout National Seashore managers recorded as of Monday 404 sea turtle nests, topping the previous record of 352 in 2016, with more nests likely through September. A baby loggerhead turtle takes its first steps. File: photo To safeguard these sea turtle nests, more routes for off-road vehicles, or ORVs, will be temporarily closed, the park service announced Tuesday. The move will prevent deep tire ruts and disorientation of hatchlings as they emerge from the nest. “As a result of this incredible number of nests, we will have to temporarily close more of the beach ORV routes than we have in the past,” Superintendent Jeff West said in a statement. On June 24, the park closed 19 miles, leaving 28 miles of beach and 40 miles of back road open to vehicles, according to a previous report. Now, 26.8 out of 45 miles of beach are closed, leaving 19.2 miles of beach and 40 miles of back road open to off-road vehicle traffic. The female loggerhead sea turtles, the most common at Cape Lookout, typically lay three to six nests during the May to September nesting season, according to the park service. The nests need around 60 days of incubation before hatching, with those laid in May hatching now and later nests hatching well into November. Most nesting and hatching occurs at night. West said explained that the closures last about 15 days and will vary based on the incubation periods of the nests. “We will put in temporary bypass routes when we can, but access to ocean side beaches will be more restricted than normal for the next two months,” he said. For the most up-to-date information on closures, visit Cape Lookout’s website or contact the information desk at 252-728-2250, extension 0.'