Concorso Italiano 2016 Photos and Report

This year was Mary and my first trip to Monterey. The Italian Concorso was one of the highlights. Special thanks to Debbie and George, who I saw running around or manning the PI tent relentlessly, while we enjoyed the benefit of their labors. Thanks Debbie and George for making the event very special for the rest of us! We appreciate your effort in creating a wonderful experience.
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Originally posted by JTpantera:
This year was Mary and my first trip to Monterey. The Italian Concorso was one of the highlights. Special thanks to Debbie and George, who I saw running around or manning the PI tent relentlessly, while we enjoyed the benefit of their labors. Thanks Debbie and George for making the event very special for the rest of us! We appreciate your effort in creating a wonderful experience.


Yes George, we know there is a lot of work and planning you and Debbie do for this event and a Big Thank You for that!!!
This is Darryl Johnson's Pantera. Its a bad-ass big block Ford powered modified. It attracts a lot of attention. There have been many years when the voting for "Best De Tomaso of Show" has been very close between Darryl's Pantera and Gary Spratling's Pantera. Darryl is a former president of the PCNC club and a great guy.

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Moving beyond the "ultra-modified" Panteras, this is Don Spratling's Pantera.

Don is Gary Spratling's brother. Along with their brother Dick Spratling, and their nephew Joel Montero, this foursome shows up for the Concorso each year, with joy and positive attitudes. They are big supporters of the event, and of the marque.

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This is Randy and Linda Welch's Pantera.
Their Pantera was featured in the last issue of POCA Profiles Magazine.
The Pantera formerly belonged to Steve Wilkinson, and Randy has brought it to a state of being undeniably gorgeous. A car any of us would love to own. It was voted Best De Tomaso of Show in 2014.

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Great photos and reporting George. I'm always so amazed at how many differences there are between every Pantera in a group. Unlike the prancing red pony brigade, you'd be hard pressed to find two single cars alike — even with the Mangustas! Great job, and thank you. Hopefully I will thank you in person next year.

Mark
John and Kathy Buckman's Pantera. Their Pantera has won a bunch of trophies over the years.
John is a former president of POCA, a forum/club member (jb1490), and the original owner of his very early 1971 Pantera.
The Buckmans drive their Pantera to the show from their home near San Diego every year. That's 400 miles one way.
Deb and I appreciate their attendance and their friendship.

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I wish to make special mention of the folks who helped make Tom Tjaarda's visit to Monterey a delightful one for him. Tom McDowell, president of the Concorso, provided his air fare and lodging. Gary Spratling provided professional transportation to and from the air port, plus tickets for the Pebble Beach Concourse (Tom had a strong desire to attend Pebble Beach on Sunday). The PCNC, via their president Forest Goodhart, invited Tom to their Annual Banquet at the Los Laureles lodge on Friday night. Transportation duties outside of the airport were shared by Dave and Linda Adler, Markus Smith, and Larry Finch. All of you have my deepest and most heartfelt thanks.


Thanks to all forum/club members for putting up with how I posted pictures. Posting 59 pictures slowly over a period of two weeks, instead of all at once, was far less stressful.

Commenting on the pictures: I have very little time to take pictures on the day of the event. I use the camera in the auto-focus mode, and I don't use a tri-pod; the auto-focus easily does as good of a job at focusing as I could manually 90% of the time, because my vision is poor. However I can tell the pictures aren't as sharp as they could be, I'm not tryin' to blow smoke up anybody's arse. I'm sure the people who watch me taking pictures on the day of the event are surprised at how well they turn out. When I get home each picture is rotated if necessary, cropped, compressed, and resized. On occasion I adjust color-saturation/contrast/brightness, although the Sony camera I use does a good job in that respect 90% of the time.

Debbie and I are grateful for all those who showed-up at the event as either exhibitors or spectators. We hope in some small way we have touched your lives in a positive way, as each of you touch ours. We hope to see and meet even more of you next year. Please consider making plans now. The next Concorso is scheduled for Saturday, August 19, 2017.

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Great Photos George! And thanks so much for making the time to post them up for those of us who couldn't be there.

For those of us stil trying to get our cars together or on the road it's great to get some inspiration from those who have theirs complete.

Would have been great to have met Tom as well.

I'd love to get across to one soon!
George, thanks for taking the time to post all these pictures and text with it. The Concorso is always a fun event for Kim and I due in no small part to the time and effort you and Deb put into it. We're looking forward to next year.

Steve & Kim Griffin

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