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Concours d’925

400 fancy rides set their course for Wente Vineyards July 23rd.


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Dodge Charger.

Randy Lorentzen

Good news for luxury car aficionados: You no longer need to head for Tahoe, Napa, or Monterey to get your fix. The East Bay gets its own concours this month.

Nearly 400 rare and exotic cars from private collections will be on display at the Mogulaire Concours d’Elegance at Wente Vineyards on July 23, including vintage and new models from Aston Martin, Bentley, BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Lotus.

Organizer Eric Pestana of Fremont has been passionate about fine cars since he watched Magnum P.I. as a child, drooling over the red Ferrari 308 GTS. He hopes his concours d’elegance will bring out the East Bay’s most extravagant auto enthusiasts. “These are cars you just don’t see every day—not unless you live in Beverly Hills,” he says. “There are collectors here, and now we’re encouraging them to bring the cars out.”

VIP ticket holders get an exclusive preview at a reception on the eve of the event, with a champagne buffet, Academy Award–style goodie bags, and high-end auction items, including a ride in a fighter jet. All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, the Biletnikoff Foundation, and the Patriot Jet Team Foundation.

Tickets are $100 for general admission or $250 for VIP. Visit mogulaire.com

Hot Rides

Ultima GTR
A custom-built blue Ultima GTR out of Scotts Valley is valued at more than $250,000. It was one of the fastest supercars of its time.

Jaguar
The 1952 red Jaguar XK-120 MC owned by William Ross has shown at Pebble Beach, but after a recent restoration, it makes its second debut in Livermore.

Dodge Charger
Steve Strope’s custom red Dodge Charger 515 GTB was recently seen on the silver screen in The Green Hornet. “It’s ’60s muscle car Americana with Ferrari flair,” says Pestana.

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