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Real BAT cars at Concorso Italiano 2009

Posted by Clifford Atiyeh  August 24, 2009 11:15 AM

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(All photos: Gene Ritvo/

By Peter Bourassa, Correspondent

Held the Friday before the more serious Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, Concorso Italiano has always been a sort of "people's car show" filled with hundreds of predominantly bright red street cars from the Italian California car clubs.

At Laguna Seca Golf Ranch, there were corrals full of Porsches, Corvettes and Honda NSXs in addition the Italians. While some argue that nothing succeeds like excess, in this case, the excess of cars and vendors diminished the importance of the special cars on display and detracted from the exclusively Italian village theme so long a part of this event's success.


The show's highlights were the 1950s Alfa Romeo Berlinetta Aerodinamica Tecnicas, a futuristic Bertone styling exercise best known by their acronym as BAT cars. A significant number group of Ferrari 288 GTOs were also impressive because relatively few were made. A huge number of late model Ferraris were less impressive for the opposite reason.




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9 comments so far...
  1. Squisita bellezza! Meraviglioso! Bravo per l'Alfa Romeo!

    Posted by AlfaRomeo August 25, 09 01:02 PM
  1. GREAT STUFF! Those are some very cool cars and no tlost on those who still retain a sense of style amidst a mostly bland, copycat, and unimaginative world. In the truest sens of poetic irony, leave it to Alfa Romeo to design an award winning original then fill it with the worst mechanical systems ever developed. Batman would have scrapped it in a day.

    Posted by Natalie Lumet August 25, 09 02:23 PM
  1. An Italian car is like a loaded pizza, beautiful to behold, overpriced and sure to give you heartburn at some time....but you love it anyway!

    Posted by dbmedia August 26, 09 09:11 AM
  1. I saw the blue and silver Alfa's, week before last, at the Las Vegas Auto Museum in the Imperial Palace. They mentioned that they were preparing to ship some cars to Pebble Beach.

    Posted by Bob August 26, 09 11:09 AM
  1. A tremendous comeback for Concorso from the aweful show location last year. This was my 5th showing at Concosro, and I'm sure to to back again next year. I have 3 italian cars, and I'm still laughing at the reply #3, comparing Italian cars to a Loaded Pizza!!!
    Cheers, from California!!

    Posted by JP August 26, 09 11:52 AM
  1. Pictures without captions seems pretty lame. The BAT car is obvious, the second an Alpha, but what is the third car?

    Posted by Hinesy August 26, 09 08:00 PM
  1. These cars are crap. They are weirdo certified, like the people that admire them. I would rather look at crap on a floor than these ugly things. Have a nice day!

    Posted by tim6119 August 27, 09 02:28 AM
  1. Hinesy, use the internet and figure it out.

    Posted by Anonymous August 27, 09 08:33 AM
  1. The third picture is the first one from the rear I believe...

    Posted by Ty August 27, 09 10:03 AM

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