Concorso Italiano 2009 - Click image above for high-res galleryMonterey coverage continues unabated, with today's posts highlighting three different events: Quail: A Motorsports Gathering, La Dolce Vita, and Concorso Italiano. While Quail and La Dolce Vita have already been covered, here we're focusing on the Italians. Concorso Italiano has been one of Monterey's largest gatherings of Italian vehicles for many years, but last year's move to a municipal airport almost killed the event dead.
Previously held at the nearby Bayonet Black Horse Golf Course in Monterey Bay, Concorso had to relocate due to some course reconstruction in 2008. This year the show went back to the links, but Laguna Seca Golf Ranch was the lucky host rather than Black Horse. Though the location was different, the show was much the same as we had come to expect from years past. Just like the past 20-something years, the event drew some stunning examples of Italy's finest.
Special gatherings honored the Ferrari 288 GTO, Alfa Romeo BAT cars, Ducati and Iso. There were also the usual huge clusters of De Tomaso, Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Lancia, Maserati and "Honorary Italian" vehicles. Oh, and there were also a few Lamborghinis and Ferraris. Something on the order of 200 of each it seemed. Personal favorites included the Ferrari 512 race car, lime-green Dino, ultra-rare 288 GTO Evoluzione, white Scuderia, Lamborghini LMA, 1929 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 SS, and the Gilda turbine car that will be auctioned at Gooding on Sunday. It was also great to see Tesla, Fisker and newcomer SV Motors represented. Check out the gallery and you'll see why this has become one of the biggest events in the world for lovers of Italian machinery.
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