Take the Friday off on the 3rd weekend in August to see a wonderful selection of exotic cars. This year the Concorso Italiano held again at the Laguna Seca Golf Ranch featured a better layout and I thought, a better selection of cars to view.
Arriving late around noon or so from Laurel Grades road, whatever traffic jam may have existed before was minimal. The disadvantage to arriving late is parking far, far away on the golf course. So wear walking shoes. And other tip; even if it is overcast, wear sunscreen or a hat.
Unfortunately dealing with cars coming and going by on the walking route meant dealing with dust too. The gents driving around in golf carts should have offered the ladies rides to the entrance. I can understand VIP parking if you don’t want your car obligated in the corral all day. Keep in mind, the further way you park, the faster you get out.
Absolutely inexcusable however was running out of programs. That was very disappointing and so far no follow-up email apology or explanation. I hope it’s because attendance far exceeded expectations.
Some great cars were present. Multiple Ferrari F-50s, the Lamborghini Aventador, lots of Maseratis and even a display of Italian racing bicycles. My first sighting of a Mercedes-Benz SL65 Black Series was a real treat. Two BMW Z8s were also present. Of course there were some horrid “wraps” of the “trendy” flat non-reflective surface that obliterated the sensuous curves of the cars they desecrated. The excessive decals and body kits really cheapened the appearance of some cars dramatically. Like wrong car show, void the warranty, sell it for $10,000. Check out the slideshow and see for yourself.
It’s a must see for most but after many years, sorry to say the Ferrari 328s, 355s, Fiats and Alphas look tired and so yesterday. The 360s still look great and possibly even better than the 430s if you’re visual perception isn’t tainted by the performance numbers the engines generate. Too much red one could argue and others said as much.
The food vendors seemed to be plentiful, as well as refreshing beverage stands. Plenty of vendors offering various wares on the exterior portion of the show grounds with some great automotive paraphernalia including vintage Rally Badges. How cool is that?
The Concorso continues to improve after the disaster at the airport years back. If it can draw significant German and English cars and yet avoid a drab colored sedan parking lot, it will be nearly perfect. Be sure to attend next year!