Automezzi XX

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This article was originally published in Issue 8 of EuroBerge and has been converted into a post on the site for your enjoyment. It was originally published on July 15th, 2010.

Sorry Subway, sorry Quizno’s.  Five dollars might get you a pepperoni, salami, and bologna sandwich that can delight your taste buds… but it doesn’t fuel the gear head from within.  High-revving engines, orchestrating exhaust notes, and a history that stems back to early turn of the 20th century feeds the hunger of those who run on automotive passion.  Allow then a substitution for the same price instead of pre-processed deli meat; something that provides subsidence to the car enthusiasts soul.

The Automezzi show is a taste straight from Italy; an all-you-can-eat smorgasbord of automobiles and motorcycles displayed by local Colorado owners.  The 20th annual event occurred on Sunday, June 6th at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design campus.  This year’s entries featured a plethora of various vintage sports cars and exotic models along side with daily driven sedans, race bikes, and retro-styled scooters.

The show was both a public-spectator judged type, where both show registrants and the general public attendance were able to vote for their personal picks.  A plethora of classes were on the ballot ranging from _______.  Car entries were gathered by automotive brand to assist in comparing vehicles and seeing the design succession of various models.  Vehicles entered covered the entire spectrum of individual ownership; some specimens were complete OEM restorations, others were modified to personal needs or desires.  Yet regardless of worth, much of the owners behind the cars were close like family.  The very tight-knit group of people was able to answer onlookers’ questions about their colleague’s automobile by memory.

Automotive dealer group Ferrari of Denver was on site showing some of the current line-up they had on site, including a 612 Scaglietti, a 599 GTB Fiorano, and a Maserati GrandTurismo MC Sport Line.  Slightly used vehicles were displayed and tagged, readily waiting for the right buyer.  Even rare models were open to public viewing like one of the only 448 ever produced 550 Barchetta’s.  Other merchants and service companies were presenting products to keep cars looking their best along with proper storage and mobile moving platforms for long-term preservation.  Authentic food providers brought Italian delights including meatballs; yet more importantly were frozen-ice drinks which were heavily needed on the very sunny, low-90’s day.

Historically, the Automezzi was conceived by Denver’s Ferrari community wanting to give financial support to outfits that they sought after.  Since the first event, the show’s purpose has been to collect funds non-profit charities for local and national organizations.  This year the show sponsored the Cat Care Society which takes care of neglected and abandoned felines from around Denver.  CCS home area of operations is in Lakewood, and can accommodate as many as 45 adult cats.  They received over $___ from the Automezzi attendance to assist in their continuing efforts.

Over ___ legacy and current cars and motorcycles were on display during the AutoMezzi, and the sea of multitude of colors, designs, and brands were in full parade.  The pinnacle occasion for Italian enthusiasts presents itself as a top-notch quality event that promotes their automotive heritage as well in assisting local non-profit organizations.  Better than a deli sandwich, memories and the impact of the show will last through the summer until next year; looking forward to the next annual AutoMezzi and what stories of ownership will be brought to the road.