• Oct 15th 2009 at 3:58PM
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2nd Annual Caruso Concours - Click above for our high-res image gallery courtesy Greg Grudt

The 2nd Annual Caruso Concours was held this past weekend at The Americana at Brand shopping center in Glendale, California. Put off a bit by threatening skies, we didn't make it out there ourselves, but luckily, Autoblog friend and shutterbug Greg Grudt was there to capture all of the excitement for us. This sophomore outing was once again put on by The Petersen Automotive Museum, and as was the case last year, a brace of incredible vehicles showed up to this fitting but unorthodox locale. Showgoers could peruse the cars for a bit and then pick up a Tiffany necklace on their way out.

This year's gathering focused on supercars – in particular, supercars capable of 200 mph. Not meant to be an exhaustive showing of double-century barrier breakers, it nonetheless attracted an impressive array of cars capable of close to, if not over, the magic mark. The fun part was just seeing them all together in one place. Judging by Grudt's images, it looks like the Americana also happens to be hosting a few of those Toyota solar sunflowers, which made for an interesting juxtaposition.

Supercars right off the showroom floor mingled with old-timers from as far back as the Eighties. For instance, the display included not just the Bugatti Veyron, but also its forebearer, the EB110. The list of cars in attendance read like a roster of World's Fastest Cars contenders. Ferrari was represented by an Enzo, F50, F40, 288GTO, 16M, and a SuperAmerica. The Lamborghini cluster was comprised of an LP670-SV, LP640-4, LP560-4 and even a Countach. There was also a Mercedes-McLaren SLR, CLK DTM, Ford GT, Dodge Viper, Cizeta V16t, Maserati MC12, Nissan GT-R, Audi R8, and even a Jaguar XJ220, which complemented the long flowing bodywork of the adjacent Maser quite nicely. They even dragged out the AREX Concept which was supposed to be good for 214 mph.

All-in, it appears to have been a great way to bring exotics to the people. Be sure to check out Greg's pics in the gallery, and check out a larger gallery by clicking here.


Photos copyright ©2009 Greg Grudt/Weblogs, Inc.

[Source: socalspeedzone.com]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      What kind of car guys don't make it out to an event with such great supercars just because the skies looked a little bad?
      I am in Michigan with cold weather, snow, ice etc and we get to where we are going including the auto show. You are in Glendale California, what is it like 72 degrees there?
      Come on...
        • 5 Years Ago
        We thought the heavy rains might force the show to be canceled.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What's that roadster next to the R8?
      JDM Life
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just love it.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can someone tell me what car is in picture 10?
      • 5 Years Ago
      WTF, no close-ups of the F40? Seriously, who is running the show here?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Too bad there wasn't an M5 in attendance. It will eat an R8's lunch (yes, yes, you have to remove the limiter, but the engine and car are capable of 205 when otherwise stock)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Picture 10 is a Cizeta Moroder 16v -- and yes, it has a V-16 ahead of the rear wheels.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Did the owner of the MC12 take the protection off the headlights? Google a pic and it looks like they all have plastic covering them - I would think this would have an effect on aerodynamic performance as well as make it look better. Maybe he cracked one and it was too $$$ to replace?
      • 5 Years Ago
      How did the Countach or the 288 GTO get into the "200 MPH" club? The fastest Countach (5000 QV) could maybe hit 180 on a good day, and the Ferrari could almost hit 190, but not 200. Oh, and the Viper just barely makes it in, if it's a 4th generation (none of the earlier ones could hit 200).

      Nice cars, all around, but if 200 MPH is the criteria, they don't all deserve to be there.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Although they were celebrating 200 mph cars, the organizers weren't able to include EVERY 200 mph car out there, so a few slightly slower friends came along for the party.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No Mclaren F1.. this Councours is dead to me!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Bah, no Vector.
        • 5 Years Ago
        *Thumbs Up* My first thought "Wheres the King?"
      • 5 Years Ago
      Thanks for the pictures, I am stuck in the land of SUV's.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Missing

      Current era supercars
      ********************
      Audi R8
      Koenigsegg (sp?)
      Pagani Zonda
      Porsche Carrera GT

      Classic Supercars
      ********************
      Porsche 959
      Mclaren F1
      BMW M1
      Ferrari Testarossa
      Lamborghini Diablo.

      Probably no fault of organizers, just couldn't get the cars.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Porsche 997 Turbo, 997 GT3, and 997 GT2 are more supercar than the V8 R8 will ever be. It's embarrassing that Audi brought out the V8 before the V10. And I used to sell Audis.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It is a shame that there are no Porsches in there. I'll agree that the 911s need to be on display. And I do see the R8 now. Sorta blends in black. Obviously they couldn't fit every "supercar" in there and it may be that they couldn't get any Porsches for the event. I don't think it was a snub.

        As for the 200MPH criteria, I think that was just an erroneous assumption by Autoblog. The Countach and GTO clearly break the rules and the signage for the Concours itself says nothing about it.

        http://www.autoblog.com/gallery/2nd-annual-caruso-concours/#29
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Base Vette w LS3 hits 191, the Z06 199, the ZR1 205. All 3 should be there, at least the last two.
        Otherwise it's nothing more than an exotic car meet.
        • 5 Years Ago
        While the Testarossa is my favorite car of all time... the sound that flat-12 makes is just astounding!!! I doubt it can go past 180mph... although I could be wrong.

        The Cizeta Moroder V16T is really cool, with better wheels it would look much nicer though.

        And where's the ZR1?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh and fail on reading comprehension. There was an R8 there. Saw a black one in one of the pics.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree with your list except for a couple of items:

        The Testarossa is not a 200MPH vehicle

        Without removing the speed limiter, the R8 is not a 200MPH vehicle.

        It's missing the 997 GT2 which has a top speed of 206.
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