Photography by ©2016 Ron Avery
Concorso Italiano, established in 1985, celebrates its thirty-first year as the exclusive Italian car show of Monterey Car Week. When my dad and I had our collection of Alfa Romeos or our Ferrari, we used to show at least one car at Concorso each year for as long as I can remember.
Changing locations at least once since I started going, the show was held at the Black Horse golf course in Seaside this year. Interestingly enough, you won’t only see all Italian classics and modern cars at the show, there was also a few British cars displayed as well.
A very nice E-Type made to look like a racing D-Type was displayed on the green. It featured double rounded windscreens and a small bonnet windscreen. The headlights (all four of them) utilized yellow glass alluding to vintage racing. E-Type style leather outside bonnet latches and body rivets completed the vintage D-Type look. While it may not be an actual D, the owner has done a nice job in making it look fairly authentic.
I arrived early for a breakfast provided by FCA. The morning centered around Bondurant’s latest announcement of the Fiat 124 Abarth being available for a new program. The 124s will be used on a lengthened autocross, sounds fun!
Alfa Romeo’s latest offering differentiates itself quite a bit from the current production 4C. The Giulia Quadrifoglio (as seen here) will be powered by a 2.9 L bi-turbo V6 producing 505 HP @6500 RPM and 443 lb-ft of torque @ 2500-5500 RPM mated to a six-speed manual transmission. It is said that the Giulia Quadrifoglio will accelerate to 60 MPH in just 3.8 seconds. That’s .3 faster than the manufacturer estimate of 4.1 for the 4C! It should be interesting to see just how well the Giulia does once it begins production.