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Concorso Italiano 2011

Concorso Italiano, which was begun in the early 1990s, has become one of the top events in the Pebble Beach weekend. Compared to the rarified air at the Quail and Pebble Beach Concours D'elegance, the Concorso feels a lot more inclusive and down to Earth.  Its physical location is a lot closer to Laguna Seca than Carmel, and this is fitting as the event seems to straddle the line between the hardcore gearheads and the straw hat and blazer types. It feels more like a typical regional car show where owners sit by their cars (most actually drive their cars in rather than trailering them!) and chat and have a good time. Unlike a regional show, however, the scale of the Concorso is huge, and the array of machinery on display is a vast survey of mostly postwar Italian vehicles. And true to the inclusive spirit of the show, they even added a category for non-Italian cars!  We had a great time at the Concorso, which has the cars well organized by marque and model. It's really cool, for example, to see a perfectly aligned row of Maserati Boras or DeTomaso Panteras. These are cars that you'd be lucky to see once in a blue moon on the street, yet at the Concorso, you get to see a whole family reunion.  It's just fantastic. In addition to the more common Italian cars, there is all sorts of wonderful, obscure stuff in attendance. Have you ever seen an Intermeccanica, for example?? How about an Iso Lele? I certainly saw a few cars I had absolutely never laid eyes on before, so the show was very educational. Click HERE for the 2 page Mega Gallery!

Reader Comments (6)

Thank you so much for your excellent pictures! Much appreciated. Love the blog, as always.


September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEtienne

Great photos. I really love the Griffith 600 coupe wich looks almost identicle to the Intermeccanica Italia but with a top. The Apollo GT is also kind of cool. This event really brings in some great cars. The fact that you did all three events is amazing and hard to do!

Tom Tanner/Scale Designs/Ferrari Expo 2012-Chicago March 2012

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterF1 Tommy

Thanks guys! Yes Tom it was a lot of coordination and scheduling to see everything. The only big one we missed was the Quail. Keep in mind I still haven't posted my galleries from the RM and Goodings auctions, as well as Pebble Beach itself, so stay tuned! It's taking a while to sift through it all and still have a job!

September 7, 2011 | Registered CommenterBradley Price


September 7, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStephen Mitchell

re: "escusi" --> shouldn't it be "scusi"?

September 7, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermotoringconbrio

escusi is "scusi" pronounced while wearing a gold chain....or driving a black Pantera with full polished engine and transmission housings....

September 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAutomobiliac

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