Pasadena’s Concorso Ferrari Auto Show

May 24, 2010 by Carbon McCoy

Unless you live at the far end of the desert, traffic is a woeful inevitability in California.

Whether it’s rush hour, a pot hole that has grown big enough to swallow a Buick, or some inattentive schmuck that got creamed because he doesn’t know what a hands-free device is, chances are that you regularly find yourself in a bottleneck traffic jam, because of a closed lane – or lanes.

If you happened to be on Colorado Boulevard in Old Pasadena last weekend, then you might have noticed that a portion of it was blocked off. And if you noticed that, then you definitely noticed the Ferraris clogging up the streets as well–I mean c’mon–who doesn’t notice 175 Ferraris sitting in the street? Hell, the way they were lined up looked like a staged traffic jam of Italian exotics—cars that is.

The Southwest region of the Ferrari Club of America had their annual Ferraris at Pasadena—aka the Concorso Ferrari Auto Show.

This yearly gathering is open to the public, and was held this past Sunday, May 16, 2010.

A concorso – or concours – is an event where the entrants’ cars are judged. In this case, the panels of judges are all members of the International Advisory Council for the Preservation of Ferrari Automobiles (the IAC/PFA). Not a very glamorous acronym, but the cars make up for that.

There are a number of Ferrari concours in California and also throughout the rest of the country during the year (including the annual events held in August, at Monterey and Pebble Beach).

Be that as it may, the Concorso Ferrari event in Old Pasadena was informal – and free. That’s right. If you were there, it didn’t cost anyone a dime to check out $100,000,000 in Italian sports cars.

Nearly every type of Ferrari model was present on Sunday, including Bruce Meyer’s 1957 625 TRC, a very rare racecar. For those who are fans of the vintage stuff, you would’ve relished in the presence of Daytonas, 275 GTBs and GTSes, and the Dino 246s.

But for the front-runner in all of us, there was no shortage of contemporary models: the 599 GTBs, F430s, Scuderias and 16Ms (if you don’t know what any of these are, don’t worry – they’re all beautiful).

Later in the day, awards were given for Best In Show, Highest Mileage, Most Desirable, and so forth. But when thousands of people have a chance to admire scores of Ferraris, everyone’s a winner.

If you missed this year’s event, fear not! It’s an annual recurrence, the details of which can be found on the Ferrari club’s website. So the next time you find yourself in traffic, don’t  be disgruntled as it’s only a matter of time before you’re surrounded by Ferraris.

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