Monterey Car Week; Concorso Italiano 2015
Saturday was an early start at Black Horse Golf Club in Monterey Bay for Concorso Italiano. We showed the Ferrari 250 GT/E with 22 others GTE’s and Ferrari 330 Americas for our historic GTE reunion. Fortunately we had the hauler with our northeast cars drop off at the club the night before. It worked out very well. All we had to do was uncover them in the a.m. and then search for coffee.
Concorso Italiano has changed venues over the years; various golf courses and even one unfortunate and windy year at the Monterey airport. This year was by far the best Concorso Italiano to date; very well organized from both a participant and spectator point of view, nicely displayed cars and motorcycles, and an excellent selection of Italian vehicles to peruse from vintage to new.
Nearly 1000 Italian street and race cars and motorcycles were on the field including Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Alfa Romeos, Bizzarrinis, Panteras, Fiats, Maseratis, Pagani, and a few other marques. The vendors were top-notch; an interesting assortment of automobile-related merchants that had steady traffic throughout the day. The layout was thoughtful, highlighting the numerous vintage cars on display, but also allowing one to have a good closeup of some newer Italian beauties.
One component I’d scrap is the ‘Ladies Lounge’, some concept of a retreat for women who are done looking at cars. Tired of cars and motorcycles? Italian makes at that? I can’t compute. The idea of a place for non-enthusiasts to take a break from the sun is one thing. Not wanting to be at a car show at all is another. Nix it.
Other than that odd distraction, this year Concorso was one of the many highlights of Monterey Car Week. The Best in Show went to a lovely 1961 Ferrari 250 Short Wheel Base.
Pictures from Concorso Italiano