Monterey 2015 – The Year of Ferrari
In 2015, Concorso Italiano will once again be a key event of Monterey Automobile Week. Concorso Italiano’s unique format features more than 800 vehicles of Italian origin, and this year includes a reunion gathering for over twenty 250 GTE owners. The Classic Ferrari display is one of the treasured traditions of Concorso Italiano’s event and for 2015 the organizers will celebrate this great marque as the Centerpiece Display of the entire event. Eligible classic Ferraris are the 246 GTS Dino and older models.
Reunion Gathering of 250 GTEs
As a part of the celebration of Ferrari, Concorso Italiano is pleased to be hosting a reunion gathering for 250 GTE owners. Despite such elegant styling, many 250 GTEs fell into disuse and disrepair and indeed some were sacrificed to form the basis of replicas of the two-seaters. By current count, it is believed that 166 GTEs have been made into something else. On a more positive note it is estimated that there are still about 375 GTEs in existence and the really good news is that more are being discovered, or re-discovered as their perceived value increases.
Right now Concorso has 18 cars confirmed for the 2015 reunion of GTEs with another 5 expected. The cars will cover the full field of condition and history. There will be original cars that have been in long-term ownership right through to cars that are fresh from the restoration shop. It will be fascinating to compare these vehicles and to track changes in the models which were subject to almost continual development during the build process, as this was Ferrari’s first true production model. Attendees will want to be sure to view and celebrate the history and elegance of Ferrari’s first 2+2 grand tourer.
More Awards & Accolades in 2015
In keeping with the theme of “The Year of Ferrari” throughout Monterey Car Week and in conjunction with the Ferrari Club of America’s National Meet, Concorso Italiano will be expanding the awards and judging to include the following:
- Best in Show (with 1st and 2nd Runner Ups)
- Preservation Class
- Best Enzo Era Ferrari – Up through 1988
- Best Post Enzo Ferrari – 1989 to Present
- Best V6 Ferrari
- Best V8 Ferrari
- Best V12 Ferrari
- Best Flat 12 Ferrari (Boxers, modern Testarossas)
- Best Supercar (288 GTO, F40, F50, Enzo)
- Restoration Award for Excellence in Restoration
Italian Beauty on Display
Concorso Italiano 2015 will offer incredible displays of automotive engineering including Tom Meade’s Thomassina II fresh off of a stunning six-year restoration effort and Eugene Bordinat’s one-off Mangusta designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro for Ghia that originally premiered at the 1966 Turin Auto Salon.
This year’s event will also be honoring the 25th anniversary of the Lamborghini Diablo and the 50th anniversary of production of the Iso Grifo with the 1963 a3/L concept car courtesy of the Blackhawk Museum.
Every Monday from now until the show the organizers will be updating the website to include the most up to date information including a full list of the vehicles registered to attend.
Inviting International Friends
Concorso Italiano announced a new display feature for their 2015 venue: The Global Exotics Display. Inviting historically important GT, racing, sporting and hyper cars from around the globe as well as select late-model supercars, including: the Aston One – 77, the McLaren P1, the Morgan Aero 8, the Porsche 918 Spyder, the Lexus LFA; and marques such as Bugatti, Kepler, Panoz, Koenigsegg and Saleen.
2015 Concorso details:
Date: Saturday, August 15
Black Horse Golf Course
1 Golf Club Road
Seaside, CA 93955
Dawn: Field opens to entrants
9:00am – 5:00pm: Event Open to Spectators
Afternoon: Awards are presented
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