Concorso Italiano 2018

 

Can you ever have too much of a good thing?  The answer is of course yes you can.  Car week can be a prime example of this.  Four days of gorging on top level automotive events could be enough to bring some people to the point of throwing in the towel. That is of course if you were just in for more of the same.  There’s always been room for Jello, and for me there’s always room for the Concoroso.  Saturday being my 5th day, and 6th event of the week didn’t even phase me.  I woke up knowing I would see something I hadn’t before.  Sure they’ll have things that I have seen, but most often those cars are still rare to see anywhere else, and almost impossible to find in the sure numbers that you will see here.

Each year I fall in love with something.  I don’t always know it right away either. Sometimes it doesn’t hit me until I’m at home searching through photos and keep see the same image pop up in slightly different angles, shot with slightly different gear.  This year the winner of my admiration was the late 60’s Lamborghini Islero.  I don’t know if I have ever seen on in person before, and I don’t know who would get my attention first if this was parked next to a Ferrari F40.  I do know that on this day this particular example did it for me.  It has a look that makes me feel like I could drive this car anywhere to any event and have people falling in love with it.  The design just seems to land more on the timeless side of the equation than the vintage one.  I’m sure it gives a bit of a performance advantage to its modern siblings, and probably requires quite a bit more maintenance.  I’m also sure I wouldn’t mind showing up fashionably late to any exotic car gathering just so those modern cars could have moment to shine!

 

Just because that was my favorite doesn’t mean it was the only car there.  Manifattura Automobili Torino brought out their Stratos Tribute car.  Paying homage to the Lancia offering from the 70’s this modern counterpart is still using a bit of Ferrari power to make the car move.  Turning heads is all a matter of the MAT provided body however.

The Islero wasn’t the only one on hand celebrating that big 50 year milestone.  The Ferrari Daytona was also up for the honor.  If I’m honest this hasn’t always been my favorite design from team Enzo.  Maybe I just have a thing for cars a half century old, but the Daytona’s got to be king of the hill and it really helped to highlight them well.

The show is split up by the mid day fashion show.  Anyone who knows me will probably agree that I’m not good friends with Mr Fashion Sense.  That doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy the fashion show.  I’ll be honest I’m mostly here for the photographic challenge.  Shooting people in harsh mid day sun while they’re walking and posing for only a brief second?  Okay, let’s see what I can do!  I always leave with a bit more respect for true fashion photographers that have to pull this off for a living.  I also have to give a lot of credit to the designers, as well as the models and the team doing hair and makeup.  There really is a lot of work that goes in to what in reality is a pretty short show.  To put it in car terms think of the time you spend on a drag car to run down the 1/4 mile.  A whole lot of prep for just a moment in front of the crowd.

The grand stands aren’t a bad place to stay after the fashion show ends.  As the awards are given out the cars are brought through the same area.  It’s not really a hard sale when you can sit on your butt and have the best of the best brought to you.  As a bonus you usually get to learn a bit more about the car and its owner than you might pick up just wondering around the show.  For me though,  I’m usually am out walking around the show grounds.  There are just so many cars on hand that you really do need all day to see them all.  In fact I actually heard one of the people from Italy mention that they don’t actually have this many rare Italian cars in Italy any more. They are all here at the Concorso!

Sometimes I take photos. Sometimes those photos are good enough to share with other people. Sometimes those people like the photos.