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Italian beauties win Best of Show awards at Arizona Concours

January 24, 2024

Italian beauties win Best of Show awards at Arizona Concours

The Lamborghini Miura and Alfa Romeo 8C arrive onstage to collect their awards | Bob Golfen

1932 Alfa Romeo 8C by Touring, 1967 Lamborghini Miura win pre-war, post-war awards

(An earlier version of this news release omitted the names of the winner cars’ owners.)

A pair of iconic Italian sports cars shared Best of Show honors Sunday at the Arizona Concours d’Elegance; a 1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Long Wheelbase won the pre-WWII prize and a 1967 Lamborghini Miura took the post-war award.

Although slightly dampened by light rain showers, the Concours still glowed with a colorful array of nearly 100 spectacular collector cars displayed on the grass at the newly revamped Scottsdale Civic Center. The show was well-attended despite the weather issues in usually sunny Arizona.

The Alfa Romeo boasts a supercharged straight-8 engine

The winning Alfa Romeo, owned by Bison Enterprises of Montana, wears a sleek cycle-fendered body by Touring, and was entered in a featured class honoring the Italian design house. The 8C is a road-going vehicle derived from Alfa’s formidable race cars of the 1930s, and is powered by a supercharged 2.3-liter straight-8 engine.

The Lamborghini winners show off their Best of Show cup

The Miura, from the John Shirley Collection of Medina, Washington, was a revolutionary design by Marcello Gandini of Bertone, and the first production supercar with a mid-engine layout. Powered by a 3.9-liter V12 engine, the Miura was the world’s fastest production car at the time. This Miura boasts original ownership by the Shah of Iran, who was deposed in 1979; the Lambo was seized and eventually went to a European buyer.

The Miura was also part of a special featured class, Sixty Years of Lamborghini Design.

Each of these cars represents the pinnacle of sports car style and performance in their respective eras, and the restored beauties were impressive enough on Sunday’s show field to continue their winning ways.

The Miura was also part of a special featured class, Sixty Years of Lamborghini Design.

Another coveted award at the Arizona Concours is for the car picked as the favorite by a group of children from Make-A-Wish® Arizona, the founding chapter of the national organization that grants wishes for children facing life-threatening medical conditions, and a charitable partner of the Arizona Concours.

Their choice: a bright-pink 1968 Pontiac Firebird 400 convertible. The sporty muscle car owned by Ken Barnett of Chandler, Arizona, was a limited-production model in its original factory color of Mist Pink. One of the younger Make-A-Wish kids on stage said it reminded her of a Barbie car.

This Firebird also has a celebrity connection, believed to have been originally owned by singer Nancy Sinatra, daughter of Frank Sinatra.

For more information about the Arizona Concours, visit ArizonaConcours.org.


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