This was my first year going to the Concours d’America, probably the best (stationary) car show outside of Pebble Beach. This year featured a number of incredible rally cars that I never imagined I would see in person.
Day 1: The Warmup
As soon as we arrived, we were greeted by this gorgeous Lancia Stratos. I know they talked about it on Top Gear, but the small size is hard to believe until you see it in person.
The other stars of Saturday were these two:
A McRae Focus and a Burns Subaru. Two legends in one place! Let’s start with the Focus:
I need that much suspension travel in my life.
Now to the Subaru:
Quattro goodness! I was told these are replicas, but they look awesome.
This Escort RS2000 was beautiful. I want to be inside of it sideways.
Opel Manta looked like it’s been having fun.
This was that Volvo 142 that Raphael Orlove got to drive a while ago. Sexy!
The Team Illuminata Motorsports 911 was there as well:
The awesome Lancia Fulvia HF! V4 FWD and all kinds of cool:
Next to it, a lovely Escort RS1800:
This was just a teaser for tomorrow though.
Day 2: The Show
Sunday was the actual Concours. Honestly, I was not prepared for what I was about to see. As we’re walking through the rows of beautiful classics and expensive modern cars, I see this in the distance and freeze:
A Lancia 037! In real life!
And now the details:
Two shocks per wheel!
I got to sit in it!
On to the next Lancia, an S4:
The last Group B car that was there was this beauty, the MG Metro 6R4:
Back to the glory of RWD with this lovely Fiat 131:
Last but definitely not least, there was an Alpina A110:
Bonus! They did a parade of the rally cars before the awards, and the driver of the 037 let me hop in the passenger seat!
BEST DAY EVER!