The 2016 Tazio Nuvolari Trophy, a race for classic car collectors held in Hokkaido from July 16 to 18, was inaugurated at the Kyoto residence of the General Consul of Italy in Osaka, Marco Lombardi. He recalled the figure of Tazio Nuvolari, who managed to accomplish extraordinary enterprises and who still exercises great magnetism on car racing lovers worldwide. The opening was attended by the deputy mayor of Kyoto, Hiroyuki Fujita, who said that he was honoured that so many important collectors and Nuvolari fans had come from all over Japan to celebrate the great Italian driver. The Trophy spurred a number of events focused on Italian cars which have recently taken place in Kyoto, culminating in a large gathering of Lamborghini cars and owners at the Kitanotenmangu Temple. Japan is the second-largest market for Ferrari and the fourth-largest for Lamborghini. The country has many associations of collectors who love Italy and represent an important market for its products.