La Dolce Vita 2009 - Click image above for high-res gallery

When the usually reliable Concorso Italiano megashow hit a small speed bump last year, a few enterprising souls saw an opportunity for an alternate event that would capture the spirit of the original Concorso and appeal to those who might like a return to a simpler, more intimate show. La Dolce Vita was born and it found a home right away, at the very same Bayonet Black Horse Golf Course Concorso left two years ago.

While the number of vehicles displayed was tiny, the show definitely put an emphasis on quality over quantity. Alfa Romeo, Lamborghini and Maserati were particularly well represented, with one of the largest and most diverse Diablo collections we've ever seen honoring Ferruccio's finest notably well. Other highlights included an incredibly whimsical Hudson that was actually underpinned by the very same Hudson pickup that Henry Fonda drove in the movie adaptation of the Steinbeck classic The Grapes of Wrath.

A very special Alfa Romeo 1900 Primavera, the sole surviving Martini Bertone Ritmo 100tS, an 1899 Peugeot Trike, an impressive cluster of Citroen Traction Avants, and a handful of pre-war Lancias really won us over. Check out the gallery and you'll see why this fledgling show seems to have what it takes to earn a permanent spot on our ever-growing list of must-attend events here in Monterey.


La Dolce Lambos
  • La Dolce Lambos
Diablo parade
  • Diablo parade
Maserati Bora, Merak and Khamsin
  • Maserati Bora, Merak and Khamsin
Citroen Traction Avant
  • Citroen Traction Avant
Alfa GTs
  • Alfa GTs
Martini Bertone Ritmo
  • Martini Bertone Ritmo
Alfa Romeo 1900 Primavera
  • Alfa Romeo 1900 Primavera
  • Best of Show winner
Maserati 3500
  • Maserati 3500
Maserati 3500
  • Maserati 3500
Maserati Khamsin
  • Maserati Khamsin
Lancia Lambda
  • Lancia Lambda
Lancia Lambda
  • Lancia Lambda
1907 Lancia Paris to Peking racer
  • 1907 Lancia Paris to Peking racer
Lancia Lambda
  • Lancia Lambda
Lamborghini Diablo GTR
  • Lamborghini Diablo GTR
Lamborghini Diablo
  • Lamborghini Diablo
Lamborghini Diablo GTR
  • Lamborghini Diablo GTR
Lamborghini Diablo GTR
  • Lamborghini Diablo GTR
Lamborghini Diablo GTR
  • Lamborghini Diablo GTR
Lamborghini Diablo GT
  • Lamborghini Diablo GT
Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SV
  • Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SV
Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SV
  • Lamborghini Murcielago LP670-4 SV
Lamborghini Murcielagos
  • Lamborghini Murcielagos
Lamborghini Diablo SVR
  • Lamborghini Diablo SVR
Lamborghini Diablo SVR
  • Lamborghini Diablo SVR
Lamborghini Diablo SVR
  • Lamborghini Diablo SVR
Renault R5 Turbo II
  • Renault R5 Turbo II
Citroen Traction Avant
  • Citroen Traction Avant
Citroen Traction Avants
  • Citroen Traction Avants
1899 Peugeot Trike
  • 1899 Peugeot Trike
Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione
  • Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione
Matte Black wrapped Carrera GT
  • Matte Black wrapped Carrera GT
Matte Black wrapped Carrera GT
  • Matte Black wrapped Carrera GT
Grapes of Wrath Hudson
  • Grapes of Wrath Hudson
Grapes of Wrath Hudson
  • Grapes of Wrath Hudson
Grapes of Wrath Hudson
  • Grapes of Wrath Hudson
Grapes of Wrath Hudson
  • Grapes of Wrath Hudson
Grapes of Wrath Hudson
  • Grapes of Wrath Hudson
Grapes of Wrath Hudson
  • Grapes of Wrath Hudson
Grapes of Wrath Hudson
  • Grapes of Wrath Hudson

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