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Niello Concours at Serrano showcases collectible, costly cars

Touted as the Sacramento area’s most elegant automotive show, the 13th annual Niello Concours at Serrano will be held Sunday in El Dorado Hills.

The concours is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the grounds of the Serrano Visitors Center, 4525 Serrano Parkway.

This year’s featured marque is Lincoln, and the 2016 concours pays a special tribute to 45 years of De Tomaso Pantera, the mid-engine Italian sports car from American-born designer Tom Tjaarda. The first Panteras were powered by a Ford-made 5.8-liter V-8 engine with more than 350 horsepower.

The concours also will celebrate 100 years of BMW.

This year’s grand marshal is Tom Matano, the world-famous car designer and executive director of the School of Industrial Design at Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Matano is regarded as one of the fathers of the original, hugely popular Mazda MX-5 Miata roadster introduced in 1989 at the Chicago Auto Show.

Rick Niello, president of the Sacramento-based Niello Co. that oversees more than a dozen mostly high-end Northern California auto dealerships, most of them in the Sacramento area, has patterned his automotive gathering on the world-famous Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance held each summer on the Monterey Peninsula.

“I think it has been a great event for Sacramento and a great event for car lovers throughout our region,” Niello said. “In terms of attendance and the kinds of cars we have, it’s really blossomed over the years. We’re looking forward to another great event. … There will be about $200 million worth of cars on the grounds.”

This year’s overall field of about 200 vehicle entries includes a wide range of models, including multimillion-dollar collector cars, rare classics, high-horsepower exotics and a 1902 Oldsmobile.

Food, beverages and multiple activities also will be part of Sunday’s event. Adult tickets are $55 at the gate. That includes parking, shuttle use and an event program. Children ages 12 and younger will be admitted free when accompanied by a ticket-holding adult.

Award presentations are scheduled to begin at 3 p.m., with the “Best of Show” trophy expected to be handed out about 4:30 p.m.

The concours is produced by Gold River-based Premier Concours Promotions Inc. operated by Brian and Michele Moore.

More information can be found at theconcours.net.

Mark Glover: 916-321-1184, @markhglover

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