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Concorso Italiano

Concorso Italiano October 2014
Change is inevitable and over the past few years, the Concorso Italiano has had its share of change. The long-established event has spent the last 28 editions being held on Friday of Monterey Automobile Week. This year, and for the foreseeable future, the event will be held on Saturday. By moving the event to Saturday, individuals that currently attend the Quail Motorsport Gathering on Friday will now have the opportunity to visit Concorso Italiano the following day.

Since 2009, the event has been held at the Laguna Seca Golf Ranch. Between 2003 and 2007, the Black Horse Golf Course in Seaside was Concorso's home. It offers breath-taking panoramic views of the Monterey Bay with long rolling fairways and magnificently manicured lawn. After having undergone a multi-million dollar renovation, Concorso returned this year to that venue. 'We're very excited about working with Bayonet Black Horse and the City of Seaside again,' said Concorso Italiano President Tom McDowell. 'We look forward to bringing the event back to its roots of sorts, and anyone who attended Concorso Italiano at Black Horse can attest to its natural beauty and expansive views of Monterey Bay.' Along with pristine views, the location is hospitable for those attending and displaying their vehicles. It offers easy entry and exit, especially for the many low-clearance vehicles that were not designed for off-road trekking.

Concorso Italiano is a one-day event that celebrates the engineering and beauty of Italian cars. There appeared to be more than 800 vehicles and motorcycles on display with crowds that appeared to exceed the 6000 mark. This year, the feature was the 100 Years of Maserati and the Cars of Zagato. One of the many highlights was a Lamborghini 5-95 Zagato that had never before been seen in the United States. It was flown from the factory in Italy to be delivered to its American owner. Other featured Zagato cars included an Aston Martin DB AR1, Aston Martin V12 Zagato America, Aston Martin DB9 Spyder Centennial Zagato, Aston Martin DB7 Zagato, Ferrari 575 GTZ, Ferrari 550 Barchetta Zagato, and an Alfa Romeo TZ3 Stradale. Never, have so many Zagato's recent creations appeared together. The crowd of Italian car enthusiasts were treated to a drive-by of each car while Andrea Zagato shared his thoughts on their design.

Only a handful of automakers have survived a century of business, and Maserati has joined that distinguished list as they continue to charge into the future with a business that certainly appears to be thriving. Leading the way is their new Ghibli along with new models that will likely gain the respect and admiration of many enthusiasts and buyers. Concorso displayed many of Maserati's spectacular Classic GT cars; many of the key models of their production history were on display in the Maserati Centerpiece Display. The list of vehicles in attendance included the 3500 GT, Quattroporte, Mexico, Mistral, Ghibli, Indy, Bora, Khamsin, 228, Merak, Shamal, and GranSport.

Although Maserati was the celebrated marque, Ferraris and Lamborghini's were the vast majority of cars on the main field. Sitting in close proximity were the Alfa Romeo's, Lancia's, Fiats, Iso, and De Tomasos. The Alfa Romeo marque was celebrating an anniversary of their own, the 60th Anniversary of the Giulietta. It was one of the company's greatest production cars and captured American automotive hearts forever when the new model landed in stateside dealerships. The various versions of the Giulietta brought innovative styling to an audience that was very receptive. Many examples of the model were on display at Concorso, allowing onlookers to admire and appreciate the changes that occurred over its production lifespan.

The coveted Best in Show went to a restored 1966 Lamborghini 400 GT owned by Dr. Raphael Gabay. Lamborghini produced just 23 examples of the 350 GT with an enlarged 4-liter version of their V12 and called them 400GTs. The 'new' 400 GT 2+2 was introduced at Geneva in 1966. It was comfortably appointed, a capable cruiser at speeds above 150 miles-per-hour and had two smaller rear seats. The car broadened Lamborghini's appeal as it offered more power and more seating than the 350GT.

Even with all the changes for 2014, Concorso Italiano captured and embraced all the cultural elements of Italian automotive styling and displayed them in a tranquil and picturesque setting. Visitors and participants seemed impressed with the location and the date change and look forward to what the future holds for Concorso.

Galleries

1961 Alfa Romeo Giulietta Sprint Speciale  
1967 Alfa Romeo Duetto 1600  
1967 Alfa Romeo Giulia  
1969 Alfa Romeo 1750 GT Veloce  
1970 Alfa Romeo Junior Zagato  
1971 Alfa Romeo GTV Veloce 1750  
1971 Alfa Romeo Junior Zagato  
1971 Alfa Romeo Montreal  
1972 Alfa Romeo Montreal  
1973 Alfa Romeo Berlina  
1973 Alfa Romeo GT Veloce  
1973 Alfa Romeo Junior Zagato 1600  
1973 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce  
1974 Alfa Romeo GT Veloce 2000  
1983 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce  
1991 Alfa Romeo Spider  

1969 DeTomaso Mangusta  
1972 DeTomaso Pantera  
1973 DeTomaso Pantera II  

1950 Ferrari 212 Inter  
1963 Ferrari 250 GT Lusso  
1965 Ferrari 275 GTB  
1966 Ferrari 330 GT  
1969 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2  
1970 Ferrari 365 GT 2+2  
1970 Ferrari Dino 246 GT  
1971 Ferrari 365 Daytona  
1971 Ferrari Dino 246  
1972 Ferrari 246 Dino  
1972 Ferrari 365 GTC/4  
1973 Ferrari 246 Dino  
1975 Ferrari 308 GT4  
1977 Ferrari 308 GTB  
1979 Ferrari 512 BB  
1983 Ferrari 308  
1985 Ferrari 308 Quattrovalvole  
1985 Ferrari Mondial  
1986 Ferrari 3.2 Mondial  
1986 Ferrari 328 GTS  
1986 Ferrari Testarossa  
1987 Ferrari 328 GTS  
1987 Ferrari Testarossa  
1988 Ferrari 328 GTS  
1988 Ferrari Testarossa  
1989 Ferrari 328 GTS  
1990 Ferrari 348  
1991 Ferrari Testarossa  
1992 Ferrari 348  
1995 Ferrari F355  
1995 Ferrari F512M  
1998 Ferrari F355  
2000 Ferrari 360 Modena  
2001 Dallara SP1  
2001 Ferrari 360 Spider  
2001 Ferrari 550 Barchetta  
2004 Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale  
2005 Ferrari 360 Spider  
2005 Ferrari F430 Spider  
2006 Ferrari 575 GTZ  
2006 Ferrari F430  
2008 Ferrari 550 GTZ  
2009 Ferrari 430 Scuderia  
2012 Ferrari 458 Spider  
2014 Ferrari 458 Speciale  
2014 Ferrari 458 Spider  
2014 Ferrari California  

1958 Fiat 1200 TV  
1967 Fiat Dino  
1968 Fiat 124  
1970 Fiat Dino  
1971 Fiat 124  
1972 Fiat 124  
1974 Fiat X1/9  
1976 Fiat 128  
1979 Fiat Brava  
1981 Fiat 124 Spider 2000  

1966 Lamborghini 400 GT Interim  
1969 Lamborghini Espada 400 GT  
1970 Lamborghini Espada  
1979 Lamborghini Countach LP400S  
1983 Lamborghini Jalpa P350 GTS  
1984 Lamborghini Countach  
1991 Lamborghini Diablo  
1997 Lamborghini Diablo  
1999 Lamborghini Diablo  
2006 Lamborghini Gallardo  
2008 Lamborghini Murcielago LP640  
2014 Lamborghini 5-95 Zagato Coupe  
2014 Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4  

1959 Maserati 3500GT  
1960 Maserati 3500GT Touring  
1961 Maserati 3500 GT  
1966 Maserati Quattroporte  
1967 Maserati Mexico  
1967 Maserati Mistral  
1969 Maserati Ghibli  
1969 Maserati Mexico  
1970 Maserati Ghibli  
1970 Maserati Indy  
1971 Maserati Ghibli  
1972 Maserati Ghibli  
1973 Maserati Bora  
1975 Maserati Bora  
1977 Maserati Khamsin  
1977 Maserati Merak  
1980 Maserati Merak  
1989 Maserati 228  
1991 Maserati Shamal  
2002 Maserati Coupe  
2003 Maserati Spyder  
2005 Maserati GranSport  
2005 Maserati Quattroporte  
2005 Maserati Spyder  
2006 Maserati GranSport  
2008 Maserati Quattroporte  
2009 Maserati GranTurismo S  
2010 Maserati Quattroporte  

1947 Cisitalia 202SC  
1948 Lancia Aprilia  
1957 Fiat Abarth 750GT  
1968 Intermeccanica Italia  
1984 Pininfarina Azzurra  
1993 Cadillac Allanté  
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