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.