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Carmel, 11 August 2015

Now in its eighth year, the Concours-on-the-Avenue, brings the picturesque Ocean Avenue and surrounding streets in Carmel alive with a free to all car show, which has grown not only in numbers and stature, but also in quality, as it has evolved, and has become one of the must-do gatherings of the week. The show is really the opening shot for the numerous car shows in the frenetic week of motoring activity on the Monterey Peninsula. It takes place on the Tuesday, and fills Ocean Avenue with a wide variety of vehicles to delight attendees, providing a rich vein of both exciting and unusual offerings, that are an interesting part of motoring and motor racing history.

The variety was immense with well over 200 vehicles on display in 26 classes along either side of the tree lined avenue and its cross streets, home to a wide variety of quaint boutiques, niche market shops and restaurants. They ranged from a Porsche Junior tractor, through beach buggies, custom cars and hot rods, to a colourful array of Shelby Mustangs, which drove down from the Laguna Seca race track with a police escort. There was also a wide selection of classic American cars, Porsches, including an un-restored 356 pre-A series “Bent Window” Coupe, a Porsche Speedster and a Carrera Abarth, classic and modern Ferrari models, which included an example of the limited production 400 Superamerica series. There were also many other classics from a large number of manufacturers, including Jaguar SS 100, XK120 and E-Type, Toyota 2000 GT, Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS, OSCA MT4 Maserati Ghibli Spider and an AC Cobra class, to name but a few.

Mecum Auctions also had a display of cars from their auction at one of the main central junctions, and amongst the cars on display was the 330 GTS, chassis # 10913, which was once the famous “Harrah Targa” example, and which has now been put back to the original soft top configuration as it left the factory. Major sponsor Acura also had a display of cars from their current range, including the stunning new NSX in a rich metallic red, which attracted a great deal of attention. The 2015 Best of Show award went to a one-off 1950 Cisitalia 202 MM Cassone Berlinetta.

Classic Ferraris on Display

Model Colour Chassis #
250 GT S2 PF Cabriolet Silver/Black 2109GT
250 GTE Silver/Red 3553GT
400 SA LWB Coupe Silver/Red 5029SA
250 GT Lusso Dark Red/Tan 5181GT
330 GTC Blue/Tan 8827
275 GTB/4 Dark Red/Black 09737
365 GT 2+2 DarkBlue/Grey 10431
365 GTB/4 Silver/Black 14259

Mecum Display

250 GT Lusso Pale Blue Met’/Black 5817GT
275 GTB Silver/Black 06563
330 GTS Silver/Red 10913

Keith Bluemel