For the second time now, the impressive church of Fürstenfeld Monastery was the backdrop for the 3rd Concorso Sportivo for racing cars and sports cars. Real gems were once again to be seen on the meadows in front of the monastery.
One car with genuine racing genes is the 1938 Skoda Rapid “Monte Carlo”, for example, which was awarded the coveted “Best of Show” prize by the jury. Just two examples of this exceptional streamlined car survive worldwide. Its perfectly preserved condition, its elegance, and the detailed documentation about this vehicle were able to convince the adjudicators. Second place went to an even older vehicle. The O.M. Superba Mille Miglia was awarded two prizes in the class “Forza Italia”, the motto of this year’s Concorso Sportivo, together with the prize in the class for “Mille Miglia” cars.
Third place in the overall standings went to the owner of a Ferrari 365 GTB/4 A, who received the award in the category “Best Sports Car”. It was not easy for the five-member jury to arrive at a decision in this class either, especially in view of all the GT models lined up here. They were joined by the ISO 3500 GT, the Ferrari 250GT, the Maserati 3500GT with its Superleggera body, the Nash Healey (prize for “Best Restored”) and the FIAT 2500S Ghia Abarth (award for “Best in Class Abarth”).
The prizes for “Best Performance” and “Best in Class Prewar Cars” went to the owners of an American La France and a Locomobile – two giants of automotive racing history. The 1916 Locomobile’s straight 6-cylinder engine has a displacement of 8.6 litres. The American La France is in no way inferior to the Locomobile, and displays its awesome power as soon as the engine starts running. The visitors were able to repeatedly revel in the sound of the two dinosaurs.
Two American racing legends competed for the prize in the category “Best Sound”: last year’s “Best in Show” winner, the Cheetah GT, and a Chevrolet Biscayne ¼ mile racing car with its original “war paint”. The former literally made the pace, while the latter was awarded the special prize “American Race Legend”. An Alfa Romeo GT Junior Bertone was chosen as “Best in Class Race Cars”.
The motto for this year’s Concorso Sportivo was “Forza Italia”. The main contenders were Italian racing and sports cars and models with Italian bodywork, joined by vehicles that used to race in international competitions. In this class, the extremely rare Bitter CD won the award “Best in Class Concorso Internationale”.