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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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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