Exotic cars in Little Italy

The Baltimore Sun

The streets will be lined with Ferraris, Maseratis and Lamborghinis as people walk by with plates of Italian food and stop to glance at photographs of rare car parts.

But you won't see this scene in Italy - instead it will be in Baltimore.

On Saturday, the third annual exotic car show will take place, this year being renamed Concorso Italia de Little Italy, as the event - which for the past two years has been held in Annapolis - comes to Baltimore.

The idea came about in summer 2005, when Jonathan Kendall decided that he wanted to give back to a place that had helped his family, the Children's Guild, a nonprofit organization helping children with emotional and behavioral issues. The guild has campuses in Annapolis, Baltimore and Prince George's County and was established 50 years ago.

"I came up with the idea for this event because my son attended the Children's Guild, and it is such a wonderful place," Kendall said. "My great love for automobiles and the children in the Children's Guild inspired me to put together this unique event."

With the help of Dave Born of the Ferrari Club of America, Kendall organized the first event, which was held on West Street in Annapolis. The premiere featured 12 cars and more than 100 people attended. The next year it moved to Annapolis' City Dock, and the event grew, which led to its new location in Baltimore.

This year, the show will feature more than 70 exotic Italian cars and motorcycles, which will be on display along Stiles and Albemarle streets in Little Italy. The show also includes a photography exhibit titled Celebrating the Art of the Automobile, which features photographs from artists including Kendall who work to show automobiles in the context of art and sculpture. Kendall, a car enthusiast, describes automobiles as "not only meant to be a transportation mechanism but an expression of art."

There will also be a reception with the collectors, and an auction for items including Vespas.


Admission to Concorso Italia de Little Italy, at Stiles and Albemarle streets, is free. The outdoor exhibit is 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, and the reception is 3 p.m.-6 p.m. Tickets to the reception at St. Leo's Church, 227 S. Exeter St. are $50. For more information, call 410-444-3804, ext. 114, or e-mail concorsoitalia@ childrensguild.org.

An article in yesterday's Live section misstated the date for the Concorso Italia de Little Italy exotic car show. It is Sunday at Stiles and Albemarle streets.THE SUN REGRETS THE ERROR
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