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Before the Grape – or GrapeFest – There Is CarFest

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Before the Grape – or GrapeFest – There Is CarFest

Updated: Sep 12th (the Monday after)

This year’s Italian CarFest, held in Grapevine on Saturday, September 10th, may not enjoy a deep bench of Italian exotica, but those cars that did take home trophies would have been competitive at any national gathering of Italian cars. Most notably, the Ferrari 330GT 2+2, 246 GT Dina, ’56 Alfa spider and ’17 Lambo Espada looked to be exceptional, all supported by a pleasant venue, gracious Grapevine hospitality and nice, on-the-cusp of fall North Texas weather. The motorcycle ranks remain (regrettably) thin, and there’s still no provision – we understand – for Italian bicycles. But we can still hope!

The pics are, for the most part, provided by photographer Paul Valentine and/or the CarFest team.

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With support from Boardwalk Ferrari and Lamborghini Dallas (but not, notably, from area Fiat or Alfa Romeo franchises), the party-hearty folks in Grapevine are once again playing host to the Italian CarFest. Described as the biggest celebration of Italian fare in the Southwest, don’t think – for a minute – this is the big salami of Italian automobilia. You can, however, regard it as a desperately needed respite from the long, hot summer and before the beginning of football; Roman and not – significantly – Romo, if you will.

The event’s host site, Nash Farm, is more Lamborghini tractor than Lambo Gallardo, but no matter – the Nash ranchette is user-friendly, while parking is both plentiful and cheap. And while bikes aren’t mentioned below, know there is always a small sampling of Guzzis and Ducatis. Finally, if the fare and refreshment on site don’t satisfy, you’re within crawling distance of Grapevine’s Main Street. (We’ll vote for Mi Dia…) Grapevine’s blurb follows:

ItalianCarFest

ItalianCarFest - Grapevine, Texas

Saturday, September 10, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Nash Farm | 626 Ball St.

Boardwalk Ferrari Maserati and Lamborghini Dallas, in association with the Italian Car Club of the Southwest and the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau, will present ItalianCarFest 2016, an annual prelude to the 30th Annual GrapeFest®. This is the premier show of Italian automobiles in the Southwest. There will be approximately 80 vehicles, from Fiats & Alfa Romeos to Lamborghinis & Ferraris. You may also tour the Nash Farm house from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Admission is free. Visitors of all ages are encouraged to attend.

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David Boldt

Boldt, a contributor to outlets such as AutoTrader.com, Kelley Blue Book and Autoblog, brings to his laptop some forty years of experience in automotive retail, journalism and public relations. He is a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, Chicago's Midwest Automotive Media Association and L.A.'s Motor Press Guild. David is the Managing Editor of txGarage and the automotive contributor to Dallas' Katy Trail Weekly.

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