With Monterey Week in full swing, Friday is known as day where you simply can't see everything you want to see. With the Concorso Italiano open for business, just down the road the legendary, and ridiculously exclusive, Quail gathering takes place. So while our Associate Online Editor Toni Avery was enjoying free Champagne and caviar I decided to hang with some of the biggest fans of prancing horses and charging bulls.
Concorso Italiano has been around since 1985. Revered as a "must attend" gathering of iconic automobiles gleaming in Italian bodywork. Ferrari, Lamborghini, Fiat, Lancia, Alfa Romeo and of course Maserati were all basking in the unusually warm mid-August sun in Monterey, CA.
Entering the show field we came across the Meguiar's booth where they happened to be showcasing one of the hottest new cars of the tuned market - the Twin Turbo Hennessey Ferrari 458 Spyder. We were able to snag some video of the car snarling, popping and screaming to our delight.
Since Lamborghini was celebrating their 50th anniversary we thought we'd select our top 5 favorite examples from the Concorso Italiano show field.
Best in show went to this stunning right-hand drive Lamborghini Miura P400 S proudly owned by Mark Jansen from Brisbane, Australia. The car was purchased two years ago in the UK and restored from road-to-roof by Gary Bobileff in San Diego, CA.
Best in show went to this stunning right-hand drive Lamborghini Miura P400 S proudly owned
Dinos as far as the eye could see
Sporting one of the most bizarre colors to ever leave the Ferrari factory, this 1970 246 GT Dino was the talk of the show.
Sporting one of the most bizarre colors to ever leave the Ferrari factory, this 1970 246 G
1967 Lamborghini Miura - Scott Reid
The Miura is revered as one of the most beautiful sports cars of all time and the birth of the supercar. It's easy to understand once you catch sight of the car's famous eyelash shrouded headlights and waist high roofline. Scott Reid's silver and black Miura is a color combo you don't see too often. Its heightens the sultry nature the car emits at any distance. Scott is known in the (naturally small) Miura owners club for developing modern solutions for the Miura dry sump system, ensuring the cars stay on the road for generations to come.
1965('66) Lamborghini 350 GT - Malcolm Barksdale
While Mr. Lamborghini was developing a sports car to take the fight to Enzo Ferrari directly, he had also developed one of the most stunning Gran Touring cars on the planet. While the 350 GT is rare, his being one of 135 ever produced before the 400 GT stormed show rooms. This car featured the famous Giotto Bizzarrini 350hp, 7000rpm redline V-12 that would power the companies famed supercars from the Miura to the Diablo. Trecking the car up from San Deigo, CA was an enjoyable journey seeing as Malcolm has been driving the car on a fairly consistent basis since 2011.
This Ferrari was so hot it spontaneously combusted (off sight)
A pair of rare 1969 De Tomaso Mangustas proudly owned by Bud & Jan Millard (Millbrae, CA) and Tom Galli (Kentfiel, CA)
A pair of rare 1969 De Tomaso Mangustas proudly owned by Bud & Jan Millard (Millbrae, CA)
Liberty Walk showcased this stunning matte purple Aventador with some new aero components
1991 Lamborghini Countach - Todd Linenmuth
Aimed at putting the raging bull company back on top, Lamborghini decided to return to Stile Bertone design studio (whom also designed the Miura years before) to reimagine what a Lamborghini could be. An evolution of the Lancia Stratos Zero One concept, the Countach took on the new form language of geometric design opposed to fender flowing organic shapes of the 50s and 60s. Todd Linenmuth
2013 Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo - Newport Beach Lamborghini
Lamborghini is treading into new waters - motorsports. While we still holding our breath for the day we see a bat shit crazy Le Mans raging bull annihilate fan's ear drums we have to take notice of their Gallardo Super Trofeo racing series. Designed for racecar drivers and gentlemen (or playboy) weekend track junkies, the car is an engineer's wet dream. Newport Beach Lamborghini brought out their team racecar and for most of the day fired it up and revved the uninhibited V-10 to high hell.
Thanks to our friends at LTMW, this Liberty Walk Murcialago kept the horsepower tuner freaks happy all day.
Thanks to our friends at LTMW, this Liberty Walk Murcialago kept the horsepower tuner frea
A rare sighting of an American road legal Alfa Romeo 8C
Rare Alfa Romeos were everywhere, including this one-off coach built 1954 1900 CSS Ghia brought in by Brendan Gallaher & Michel Stern from Beno, Oregon
Rare Alfa Romeos were everywhere, including this one-off coach built 1954 1900 CSS Ghia br
1969 Lamborghini R485 - Bill Scott
Ferrucio Lamborghini was a pilot during WW2. During that time 'ze Germans had decided to destroy nearly all of the tractors in Italy to make the Italian farmers and people more dependent on Germany for its basic needs. So after the Germans lost, Mr. Lamborghini saw an opportunity to help rebuild his nations strength and independence while utilizing spent and unwanted American machinery left behind. This 1969 R485 is known as a vineyard/low branch tractor that came equipped with a twelve-speed, 85hp, 320 ft-lb of torque 5.0L air-cooled diesel. Weighing in at four-tons with a top speed of 14mph, you'd be hard pressed to find another machine that is as anti-Lamborghini as this one baring its name.
1959 Fiat Abarth Zagato 750GT Double Bubble - Tom Gilman of Burlingame, CA
Fresh from the British Sports Car garage, the 1961 Triumph Italia 2000 takes home 2nd in class in Custom Coach work category at the 2013 Concorso Italiano.
Fresh from the British Sports Car garage, the 1961 Triumph Italia 2000 takes home 2nd in c
Rolling out in fashion in Ferrari F355 Challenge with Magnesium wheels, big brakes and roll cage. A $30,000 option plus 110 hour man hours to retrofit the cars for the Ferrari Challenge racing series.
Rolling out in fashion in Ferrari F355 Challenge with Magnesium wheels, big brakes and rol
A Ferrari F50 makes its way down the main drag
The 2014 (nearly sold out) Maserati Ghibli had the various dealerships in attendance filling orders inside their booths!
The 2014 (nearly sold out) Maserati Ghibli had the various dealerships in attendance filli
1938 Alfa Romeo C2300 Tourin Coupe - Barry Hon Dana Point, CA