The name might be the Santa Fe Concorso, but it will definitely have an Indy 500 flavor to it.
The fifth anniversary of the Concorso, a beauty pageant for vintage and rare vehicles that begins Friday and goes through Sunday at The Club at Las Campanas, is paying homage to “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing,” as well as the 100th anniversary of Maserati.
Several winning Indy cars will be on hand at the event, including the “Johnny Lightning Specials” driven to wins in 1970 and 1971 by Al Unser Sr. and the 1994 car son Al Jr. drove to victory. The 1938 Maserati “Boyle” cars that won the 1939 and 1940 Indy races also will be on display.
In all, Beverly Little said there are more than 100 entrants for the Santa Fe Concorso, and many of the vehicles have quite the background.
“These are some treasured toys,” Little said.
While the main event will be the Concorso on Sunday, Friday lends an opportunity for some of Indy’s greatest drivers to come to Hangar K at the Santa Fe Municipal Airport and discuss their experiences at the well-known “Brickyard,” also known as Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The “Legends of Racing” panel includes the Unsers (who won a combined six Indy 500s), Johnny Rutherford (three-time champion), Eddie Cheever (1998 winner) and Parnelli Jones (1963 winner, owner of Unser’s 1970 and 1971 500-winning vehicles), as well as Lyn St. James, the first woman to win rookie of the year honors when she did it in 1992.
A few of them will also be guests on Rey Post’s All Things Real Estate radio program, which will broadcast for the third year in a row from the event.
While it might appear that real estate and car shows don’t have anything in common, Post says there is a connection.
“All Things Real Estate has morphed into more than just talking purely about real estate,” Post said. “I can create story lines for the show, and that has allowed me to do about 100 broadcasts from remote locations. In this case, Las Campanas controls about 70 percent of the real estate transactions out there, and The Club is a real estate destination for buyers and sellers.”
The weekend, though, is all about the cars, and there is a quite a list of vintage vehicles. Along with the race cars, there will be 11 OSCA sports cars, and a Formula 1 Maserati driven by greats Stirling Moss and Juan Fangio.
Margaret Dunning, a 104-year-old resident of Plymouth, Mich., is entering her 1930 Packard 740 Roadster, which she has owned since 1959, to the event.
Also in the competition is a rare Tucker, one of only 51 made before the company went bankrupt; a 1903 Cadillac Model A Tonneau; and a 1930 Isotta Fracchini 8A Flying Roadster that won its class in the Concorso de Eleganza Villa d’Este in 1932.
Little said 78 of the entry cars will be driven to the plaza on Saturday for the public to see from 7:30-9:30 a.m. before they make their way on a “Mountain Tour” to Cerrillos.
Cost is $20 for the “Legends of Racing” panel on Friday, and $125 for the Friday night gathering at Hangar K. Prices for the Sunday’s Santa Fe Concorso are $25 for youths 13-18, $45 for general admission and $125 for VIP passes.