Heacock Classic announces the Global Exotics Pavilion at Concorso Italiano
Wednesday March 4, 2015
Concorso Italiano annually celebrates the contributions that Italian automobiles, wine, fashion, and cuisine have made throughout history, and thankfully, continue to do so today. If you admire fine Italian coachwork as much as we do, join Heacock Classic at the 2015 Concorso Italiano on August 15 for one of the world’s finest displays of automotive craftsmanship and design.
Concorso Italiano is pleased to host the Ferrari 250 GTE owner’s reunion in 2015, which will commemorate the previous gatherings of GTEs at Concorso in 1994 and 2004. With a fine assist from David Wheeler and Tom Wilson from the GTE Register & Newsletter, they aim to establish a new record for the largest gathering of Ferrari 250 GTEs. The 250 GTE was built to be road driven, and was the car Enzo himself chose to drive.
As part of Concorso Italiano’s 30th anniversary celebration, Heacock Classic Insurance is pleased to introduce the new Global Exotics Pavilion, which is sure to sate any car lover. After the tremendous feedback we received in 2014 about the P1 presented by McLaren Newport Beach, we realize that in today’s world, enthusiasts love a good looking and well-made exotic car, wherever it originates.
The Global Exotics Pavilion will feature its own centerpiece display focused on hypercars from around the globe. The Pavilion will also include vendors and dealers all geared towards premiere vehicles from around the globe.
Concorso Italiano will once again be a key part the traditional Monterey Automobile Week. Concorso Italiano’s unique format features more than 1,000 vehicles of Italian origin, and its atmosphere focuses on the vehicles on display, conversations between people who love and appreciate them, and elements of Italian style such as fashion, food, music and art – all of this on the beautiful grounds of the Black Horse Golf Club.
Take everything ever made in Italy, from fashion to Ferraris, sprinkle it with some red wine, slather it in sunshine, and top it with elegance and fun, and you have Concorso Italiano.
This is not about investments. This is not about money. This is about the open road winding away in the rearview mirror like a swirling black ribbon, the scent of hand-sewn leather, the grip of a hardwood-rimmed steering wheel, and the sensation of horsepower dispensed with equal measures of authority and bravado. This is about old Italian sports cars. (more…)
The story of the genesis of the GTO is well known, and several of the players went on to become quite famous in their own right. The brainchild of Russell Gee, engine specialist Bill Collins, a chassis engineer, and chief engineer John Z. DeLorean, they basically figured out a way to keep a performance image for Pontiac despite the GM ban on factory supported racing. All the pieces were there – a great 389 V8 from the full-sized Catalina, a sporty Tempest platform, and permission from Pete Estes to proceed on a limited basis. Even the name screamed performance, a moniker boldly chosen by DeLorean himself. His team skirted the GM powertrain directives by making the GTO package merely an option for the Tempest, and the results speak for themselves. By 1966, Pontiac sold 96,946 GTOs, and they ruled the new muscle car segment. (more…)
Early 911’s embody a combination that is rare among collector cars today. They have both unparalleled drivability and usability, especially when compared with other cars of the same vintage, but are also fully connected to an earlier era. There is a certain wholeness, cohesiveness, and agility that is only evident when they are driven, and it is no surprise that they have a fanatical following. They are simply a blast to drive, with the advantage of solid investment potential. (more…)
It has often been said that in the 1920s and ’30s automakers built automobiles, but it was the coachbuilders who built the cars. In the case of every Bugatti this was a truism. The leading coachbuilders on two continents catered to the various Bugatti designed and built chassis for over 40 years, and created what could well be the most beautiful automobiles the world has ever known. (more…)