Classics show, shine at Niello Concours at Serrano in El Dorado Hills

By: Penne Usher, Telegraph Correspondent
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Bob Vigus Sr. has been working on his 1967 Shelby GT 500 for 13 years and just days before the 9th annual Niello Concours at Serrano the car was ready for its first car show. “I bought this as a project car and have been working on it for 13 years,” Vigus, of Placerville, said. The lime gold metallic paint — the original color — of his Shelby gleamed in the Sunday sun as hundreds of onlookers admired the Cobra. “It is an original with all the paperwork,” Vigus said. “It’s number 1,278 (off the line) with the original engine.” The Sunday event brought together a crowd of hundreds to admire some of the best motorcars in the country. This year the Sunday, Oct. 7 event featured the Marque of Pierce Arrow and celebrates 50 years of the Cobra honoring Carroll Shelby. Shelby was an American automotive designer, racing driver and entrepreneur best known for his involvement with the AC Cobra and later the Mustang-based performance cars for Ford. The Shelby classics were showcased throughout the event, but weren’t the only gleaming vehicles at the classic car event. Car enthusiasts and collectors from all over will shine and show off their vintage Jaguars, old school Volkswagens, Mercedes and Mustangs, just to name a few. Uwe Brosamle, of El Dorado Hills, brought his 1973 Super Beetle which is a copy of the German original “Nordstadt Kefer,” he said. There were only two of the originals built due to the cost of production. “I built this because it was the car I first wanted. I had a picture of it in my house (in Germany),” Brosamle said. “This I built and it’s basically a Porsche.” The shiny black Beetle resembles a Porsche more than it does the familiar California style Beetle. Old-school and vintage gave way Sunday to a high-end, high hybrid vehicle. The 2012 Fisker Karma is a four-door vehicle that is anything but a family sedan. Dimitri Dahdouh, of Fisker of Sacramento, explained that the hybrid, complete with roof-top solar panels, goes from zero to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds. “This is an extremely fast vehicle,” he said. The solar panels in the roof power the interior of the vehicle. Everything in the vehicle is “eco-friendly.” Dahdouh said. The accent wood is reclaimed and all the other materials are bio-degradable, he said. With a top speed of 120 mph, the “green” extreme machine comes with a price tag in excess of $105,000. Hundreds of event goers sipped wine and champagne under sunny skies, enjoying mild temperatures and great cars. “We’ve never been here before and have had a great time,” said Helen Green, of Vacaville. “This is definitely a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.” A portion of the proceeds from the event benefit the Concours Foundation. The group’s mission is to provide education, resources, grants and funding to teenage youth in the areas of safe and sober driving.