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 Concorso Italiano

Concorso Italiano

City of Marina Airport, 15 August 2008

With the Black Horse Golf Club complex the subject of redevelopment, Concorso Italiano was obliged to find a new home for the 2008 gathering. The chosen venue was the City of Marina Airport, a short distance north on Highway 1. This section of Monterey Bay can be quite misty, as it was for most of our stay, but the organisers were fortunate on Friday 15 August, which was a bright and sunny day, although the wind picked up around lunchtime, but it stayed bright through to the end of the day’s proceedings.

Airfields can be bleak places, so it was with a degree of trepidation that most people viewed the new venue, but although it lacked the ambience of the rolling golf greens and trees, which seemed to draw everything together, it worked reasonably well, although the flat expanses of tarmac didn’t really set the cars off to their best advantage. Maybe a few imported large potted plants might have broken things up a little and provided a more exciting backdrop. The vintage planes on display did this to a degree, but only the Alfa Romeos benefited from them as a scene setter. Aside from this everything seemed to work well, with a fine selection of cars spread around, despite the Lamborghini Owners’ Club not participating this year, with their always colourful display of “Bulls”, although there were still examples of the marque in attendance, including a very nice black Miura.

The Ferrari Club of America’s Pacific Region under the guidance of Chief Judge Tish Thinesen, held their regular concours, and attracted a fine selection of the marque, including a fair number of older models, including a 500 Testa Rossa, a 250 GT SWB berlinetta, a 250 GT California, a 250 GT coupe and S2 cabriolet, a 250 GT Lusso, 275 GTBs and 330 GTCs. There was also a 342 America and 410 Superamerica displayed on a trade stand. Maserati were also well represented, with 3500 GTs, Ghiblis, Meraks and Boras on display. There was also a fine supercar selection, which included a pair of Bugatti Veyrons, a pair of Maserati MC12s, a Ferrari F50 and a Ferrari Enzo. The show also had its regular mix of trade stands, a fashion show and musical interludes, plus a Kruse auction, to provide a broad range of entertainment for visitors and entrants alike.

David O’Neill

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