Palm Desert, Calif., Hosts the Inaugural Desert Concorso

A mainstay of Monterey Car Week since 1985, the Concorso Italiano gives visitors the opportunity to behold more than 1,000 classic Italian vehicles in one location. This year, it is launching the Desert Concorso, a sibling event in Palm Desert, Calif., with a greatly expanded focus that also includes vehicles from European countries outside of Italy and even a few select examples of noteworthy U.S. hot rods. Maserati, which is celebrating its centennial this year, will be well represented at the Concorso by a selection of models spanning its history, including a 1959 3500 GT, a 1968 Mistral Spyder, and a new 2014 Ghibli. The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles will also have a presence at the event, displaying some of its classic European holdings, such as a 1953 Nash-Healey Le Mans Coupe, a 1969 Cisitalia Shellette, and a 1954 Fiat Explorer. Another highlight of the event will be the exhibition an Italian-built, 720 hp Pagani Huayra supercar. The first-annual Desert Concorso will be held March 30 at Shadow Mountain Resort; tickets are still available for $70 each. (www.desertconcorso.com)

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