Palos Verdes Concours d'Elegance news 2009-04-02

2009 Palos Verdes Concours d'Elegance Devoting 12 of 21 classes to Italian Cars Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, April 1, 2009 -- To honor its theme "All Things Italian," the 2009 Palos Verdes Concours d'Elegance will devote 12 of its 21 classes ...

2009 Palos Verdes Concours d'Elegance Devoting 12 of 21 classes to Italian Cars

Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, April 1, 2009 -- To honor its theme "All Things Italian," the 2009 Palos Verdes Concours d'Elegance will devote 12 of its 21 classes exclusively to Italian vehicles, according to Chairman Peter Kunoth. In addition, Maserati has been named the Featured Marque.

"Since Enrico Bernardi built his gasoline-powered three-wheeler in 1884, Italian cars have occupied a special niche in the history of the automobile," Kunoth stated. "Performance, style and engineering have been a hallmark of the Italian auto industry, leading to pre-eminence in racing and consumer vehicles for more than 100 years."

The 21 classes for the 2009 Concours d'Elegance at the Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes, California are:

Maserati In-Line (1946-1969)
Maserati V8 (1959-1974)
Alfa-Romeo (1946-1974)
Lancia (1946-1974)
Fiat, Siata & Cisitalia (1946-1974)
Ferrari (1946-1974)
Ferrari Dino
Lamborghini
Iso & Bizzarini
Custom Pantera
Italian Motorcycles (including scooters, e.g. Vespa)
Italian Race Cars
Antique (Through 1915)
Vintage (1916-1924)
American Classic Open (1925-1948)
American Classic Closed (1925-1948)
European Classic Open (1925-1941)
European Classic Closed (1925-1941)
American Customs (1946-1960)
American Luxury (1948-1962)
European Luxury (1947-1962)

The 2009 vehicle that will be featured at the Concours will be Palos Verdes Estates collector Nick Colonna's 1957 Maserati 200Si, Serial #2412, originally sold to John Kimberly, founder and chairman of Kimberly Clark.

"To further enhance our theme, we will create a dining, shopping and exhibit area dubbed "Piazza Palos Verdes" which will feature Italian music, food, wine and consumer products," Kunoth added.

Proceeds will benefit the community and outreach programs of the Palos Verdes Art Center and the Palos Verdes Peninsula Rotary Foundation. The Palos Verdes Concours d'Elegance is a 501 (c) (3) tax-deductible nonprofit charity.

For more information, go to www.pvconcours.com.

To register automobiles for consideration for the 2009 show or to inquire about sponsorship and vendor opportunities, contact Andi Lingman at andilingman@pvconcours.com, tel. 866-522-7746.

-credit: pvconcours

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Series Vintage
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