Meadow Brook Awaits Prancing Horses

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Oakland, MI, July 1, 2008 – Michigan may not be seeing a tiger this summer but there will be a field full of prancing horses at the 30th Annual Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance on August 3 in Rochester. This year’s event features significant Ferraris and shines a spotlight on some of the collector world’s very best.

In Meadow Brook’s stellar line up is the one-of-a-kind 1955 375 America Coupe Speciale custom built for Fiat chairman, Gianni Agnelli. A far-from-standard engine, vertical grill, forward-tilted A-pillars, glass sunroof, vertical rear window that partially opens, and flying buttresses on the rear deck are just some of its distinctions. This 1955 Turin show car scored a perfect 100 points at its Pebble Beach debut.

A 1957 410 Superamerica, two of 6 Series II cars built, is an exclusive, high-performance Ferrari with a body designed by Pininfarina. It started life as the 1957 Paris centerpiece show car, was subsequently sold from the Paris salon show floor and has gone on to win trophies and awards from coast to coast and internationally. It is entirely original with only 18,000 miles.

The 1965 275 GTB 2 Cam Longnose coming to Meadow Brook was first produced in a shortnose version but because of front end lift at high speed was modified to a longnose version. Approximately 455, 275 GTB, 2 cam models were built of which approximately 70 were aluminum body or alloy cars and even fewer, 39, also came with 6 carb engines. These cars were among the last of the totally hand-built cars. This model underwent an exhaustive 3-year total restoration.

Designed by a young Sergio Pininfarina, the 250 GT/L Berlinetta Lusso is considered to be one of Ferraris most beautiful cars. The one visitors will see at Meadow Brook was imported directly to the U.S. and has resided mostly on the east coast. It received a full frame-up restoration in 2004.

As if that doesn’t rev things up enough, organizers announce, enthusiasts will delight to the sight – and sound – of a Formula 1 Ferrari. It won the Grand Prix in Brazil in 1989 and, driven by Gerhard Berger, raced in five other Grand Prix races. Speaking of tigers, when started up on the Concours field, crowds can expect quite a roar.

The “Most Significant Ferrari” trophy, sponsored by Cauley Ferrari, will be awarded on Concours Sunday, August 3. The West Bloomfield, Michigan dealership is also sponsoring Ferrari’s VIP event, “Viva con Passioni.”

The 2008 show field will also feature and V16’s from the 30’s. The 30th annual event celebrates the 100th Anniversary of GM, Sports Cars, Muscle Cars, and over 225 of the most desirable collector cars coming from 36 states. In the Meadow Brook Hall courtyard enthusiasts can see contemporary supercars as well as marques such as Bugatti, Alfa Romeo, Lamborghini, Corvette, Lotus and Porsche.

For more event information, visit www.mbconcours.org or call 248-643-8645.