2006 Concorso Italiano
Italian Car Crazy
You probably thought the annual Pebble Beach shindig was full of people so far up themselves that the fun of driving had all but disappeared. You may not be wrong, except for the Concorso Italiano, where-much like the country itself-it's a bit chaotic, hugely enjoyable, and there's always something beautiful to look at.
Monterey 2006 supplied much more than just the usual suspects from Modena and Sant'Agata (although there were plenty of those). Virtually every Italian marque was represented, although the theme this time was to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Pantera, 100 years of Lancia, and the 100th anniversary of the Targa Florio. And if cars weren't enough, Italian-made boats and motorcycles were also on display.
The third Friday in August always seems to attract record numbers of participants and spectators all appreciating the wonderful machinery and general relaxed air. Although the Ferrari Club of America, along with various other car clubs, holds judged competitions, almost anyone can show their car at this event. Trophies are even handed out in unjudged categories.
Best in Show winner was Gerd Eckstein's fabulous 1967 Bizzarrini Strada. Various other accolades were bestowed upon various other objets d'art. It was just another reminder that Italians do things with a style and brio that no one else has. So thank the Lord that they're a nation of car nuts.