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"To me, it's a big happy family. It's that Italian mentality and camaraderie," he says. Guests will experience that camaraderie when Zucchi chairs the 2015 Ferrari Club of America (FCA) International Meet, taking place in Monterey August 16-19. The event opens after Sunday's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance with a welcome reception at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa. This also marks the first night of the four-day Mercato di Ferrari, an on-site marketplace sell- ing Ferrari literature, memorabilia, apparel, parts and other goods. On Monday morning, approximately 300 cars will stage at Nicklaus Club - Monterey for the FCA Concours d'Elegance. Among cars on dis- play will be eight Ferraris that competed in the original Pebble Beach Road Races. Between 1950 and 1956, this contest ran along 17-Mile Drive, in conjunction with the annual Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Accomplished pro- fessional driver Rick Knoop, the son of Pebble Beach race competitor Fred Knoop, recently teamed up with director Dean Kirkland to doc- ument those 1950s events. A screening of their film, "Racing Through the Forest," is scheduled for Monday evening at the Hyatt. Tuesday's FCA events begin with a competi- tive timed rally on the Monterey Peninsula, where participants will answer questions and pass checkpoints to complete the experience. About 200 cars are expected for Wednesday's pleasure drive, a more low-key cruise along the Monterey Bay coastline. Attendees will also head to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for track time on Tuesday and Wednesday. There, drivers can compete in novice, intermediate and expert racing categories. Car control clinics, lunchtime ride-alongs and additional activities round out events at the raceway. "Laguna Seca is one of the most well-respect- ed, highly rated tracks that you can be on. Lots of famous drivers have raced that course. Everybody wants to get out there and get their hands on the wheel," says Zucchi. FCA festivities wind down Wednesday night, with a cocktail reception and gala back at the Hyatt. Proceeds from the evening's auction will help fund diabetes research, and an awards cer- emony honors the most impressive cars on exhibit at the members-only meet. High-scoring class winners from Monday's concours will qualify for the Coppa Bella Macchina category, which evaluates cars accord- ing to a rigorous set of standards. 196 C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • S U M M E R / F A L L 2 0 1 5 More than 150 Ferrari Club of America (FCA) members will compete in races, driving clinics and ride-along events during two track days at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Event organizers say the world-class racing facility is a major draw for participants. During a timed rally on Tuesday, Ferraris will travel to sites throughout Monterey and Carmel. Wednesday's casual coastal ride will trace a route along the area's scenic shoreline. At this level, cars meet a strict assortment of qualifications and must also excel during a track trial at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

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