Concorso Italiano 2016 Photos and Report

Instead of composing an event report, my report this year will take the form of comments included with the individual pictures.

A good overview of the event can be found on the website: Concorso Italiano Overview

Anyone who has pictures or comments to share is encouraged to post them in this thread.

Here's a panoramic view of our corral, all the cars exhibited are in the picture excepting three Mangustas just outside the frame on the far left. 33 cars were exhibited, 5 Mangustas and 28 Panteras. There were 40 De Tomasos registered, we had 7 "no-shows" which is an unusually high number.

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There are two trophy programs.

The Concorso awards 3 trophies: first, second, and third best De Tomaso of Show.

Pantera International awards 9 trophies: first and second place in four classes, plus best De Tomaso of show. Pantera Internationals' awards program is based on "popular judging".

As usual Debbie managed our awards program, while I ran around, making a fool of myself, interfacing with the Concorso program.

Here's a pic of our trophies, that's Debbie and I in the background. I'm proud to say I think Pantera International's trophies have evolved to become better than the Concorso's trophies. Our best of show trophy is amazing (its huge and heavy).

Mary Taphorn was kind enough to take this picture for us. We enjoyed having a chance to visit with John and Mary this weekend.

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We celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Mangusta this year. Three Mangustas from our corral were paraded across the stage for the audience. The owners were each briefly interviewed.
The owners, front to back (right to left), were Bud Millard, Jeff Cobb, and Tom Galli.

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Dick Ruzzin, is a forum/club member, retired GM designer, 40 year Mangusta owner, and the author of a new book about the Mangusta.
He was co-commentator with Matt Stone while the Mangustas were exhibited on stage.
Dick is a very nice man, I enjoyed the opportunity to get to know him.

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This is Mr. Ruzzin's Mangusta.
It was awarded the Concorso Italiano's Best De Tomaso of Show.


Mr. Ruzzin's Mangusta was originally purchased by the head of GM design William "Bill" Mitchell, and equipped by the De Tomaso factory with a Corvette engine at Mr. Mitchell's request. Mr. Ruzzin, a retired GM designer, acquired the car from "the boss" and has owned it for 40 years.

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Jeff Cobb's Mangusta was originally purchased for Ford by Ford designer Eugene Bordinat.
It features unique modifications performed by Ford while exploring the possibility of marketing the car.
Jeff's car was awarded first place in the "Mangusta Class" (a special class we created for this year's celebration of the Mangusta's 50th anniversary).

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This is Sheldon Friedman's Pantera.
Sheldon is a genuinely friendly guy, and his Pantera is a gorgeous and highly detailed custom.
He gets special mention for helping with the photographs this year. That's Sheldon with his back to us. Smiler

Hey Sheldon ... yo Sheldon ... ahem ... Sheldon ... Sheldon turn around ... Sheldon ... SHELDON!

He always ignores me Smiler

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The main reason Tom Tjaarda made the trip from Italy to be at the Concorso this year was to help them celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Fiat 124 Spider, a gorgeous "entry level" Italian sports car he designed during his tenure at Pininfarina.

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As a surprise for Tom Tjaarda, Tom McDowell (the Concorso's president) had Bruce Wanta drive his Pantera across the stage at the back of the line of Fiat 124's. Mr. Wanta's Pantera was formerly owned by Tom Tjaarda. I thought that was a nice touch on the part of Tom McDowell.

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