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.
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.
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.
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.