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La Dolce Vita Automobili

La Dolce Vita Automobili August 2009
The La Dolce Vita Automobili at Black Horse was formed to bring energy, passion, and people into a relaxing and fun atmosphere in a setting that captures the excitement of the Monterey Week. This was the inaugural year for the event and was held at the Bayonet & Black Horse Golf Course in Monterey, California. It is an event organized by car owners for car enthusiasts. The collection of automobiles spread out over the greenery included such Italian exotics as Lamborghini, Ferrari, Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Lancia, Pantera and Fiat. There were special displays honoring the 75th anniversary of the innovative Citroen Traction Avant cars, Alfa past and present, Maserati GranTouring elegance and the stylish and progressive Lancia designs.

The event was held during the busy Monterey Week and on one of the busiest days on the schedule. The day was littered with racing at Laguna Seca, several concourses (one just down the road that had a similar genre of vehicles), auctions, and so much more. The purpose of this newly created event was to bring the Italian flair back to the luscious greens of the Black Horse Golf Course. (In 2008, Concorso moved to the tarmac of a Municipal Airport - to much dismay of many enthusiasts and car owners. The event has since been relocated to the Laguna Seca Golf Ranch in Monterey). Additionally, the event strives to offer select and relevant vendors, the finest automobiles, and to keep from overpopulating the grounds with large numbers of cars just to satisfy all marques in attendance.

For an event that is in direct competition for spectators and exhibitors, La Dolche was able to deliver on quality and rarity. There were many seldom seen automobiles and they kept true to their mission. The skyline and scenery were visible from all angles as vendor tents, fences and other obstacles were kept to a minimum. It was peaceful, enjoyable, educational, and relaxing.

Conclusion
Alexander Pope once said, 'Blessed is the man who expects nothing, for he is never disappointed.' We were unsure what to expect from this new event, especially with the plethora of other events that occur on the same day. We were pleasantly surprised to see a great selection of quality automobiles surrounded by beautiful scenery. The attendance appeared to be rather thin which may have been by design or possibly due to the hectic schedule. Either way, we hope the organizers found the success they were seeking and the show will continue in the future.

Galleries

1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750  
1957 Alfa Romeo 1900 Primavera  
1966 Alfa Romeo Giulia  
1967 Alfa Romeo Giulia  
1969 Alfa Romeo 1750 GT Veloce  
1972 Alfa Romeo 2000 GTV  
1972 Alfa Romeo Montreal  
1974 Alfa Romeo GT Veloce 2000  
1981 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce  
1989 Alfa Romeo Spider Veloce  
1991 Alfa Romeo Spider  

1938 Citroen Traction Avant  
1939 Citroen Traction Avant  
1952 Citroen Traction Avant  
1955 Citroen Traction Avant  
1968 Citroen DS21  
1973 Citroen 2CV  
1996 Citroen XM  

1969 Lamborghini Miura P400  
1991 Lamborghini Diablo  
1994 Lamborghini Diablo SE30  
1996 Lamborghini Diablo SV-R  
1997 Lamborghini Diablo  
1999 Lamborghini Diablo VT  
2000 Lamborghini Diablo GT  
2000 Lamborghini Diablo GTR  
2001 Lamborghini Diablo  
2001 Lamborghini Diablo VT 6.0  
2003 Lamborghini Murciélago  
2009 Lamborghini Murciélago LP 670-4 SuperVeloce  

1924 Lancia Lambda Fourth Series  
1929 Lancia Lambda  
1955 Lancia Aurelia  
1961 Lancia Appia  
1967 Lancia Fulvia  
1968 Lancia Fulvia  

1961 Maserati 3500 GT  
1962 Maserati 3500 GTi  
1968 Maserati Ghibli  
1968 Maserati Mistral  
1969 Maserati Ghibli  
1970 Maserati Ghibli  
1971 Maserati Ghibli  
1972 Maserati Indy  
1977 Maserati Khamsin  
1980 Maserati Quattroporte  
1987 Maserati BiTurbo  
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