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September 20, 2021

This Iso Grifo Wins Best In Show Again

by Mike –

Darren Frank’s 1969 Iso Grifo is a special car that I have written about before.

Iso Grifo

The event was the fifth Annual Motori Italiani, A Celebration of Italian Motoring Hosted by CAFE (Charlotte Area Ferrari Enthusiasts) on April 2, 2011 in Charlotte, North  Carolina.

Lamborghini Countach

Ferrari 308 GT


Lamborghini Gallardo

There were ten awards handed out for the day and Darren Frank’s beautiful Iso Grifo took home three of the ten awards: Best in Class for the Speciality Italian, Ladies Choice and Best in Show.

Here are all of the winners:

Ferrari Classic 8-Cylinder:
Ron Archer
1982 308 GTSi Euro

Ferrari Modern 8-Cylinder:
Steen Marcuslund
2002 360 Spider

Ferrari 12-Cylinder:
Fred Woltz
1969 365 GT 2+2

Russ Boxall
2008 Murcielago LP-640

Alfa Romeo:
John Hasty
1984 Spider Veloce

Specialty Italian:
Darren Frank
1969 Iso Grifo

Wade Nunez
1972 Moto Guzzi Ambassador (unrestored barn find)

Children’s Choice:
Pat Lewandowski
1989 Ferrari Mondial Cabriolet

Ladies’ Choice:
Darren Frank
1969 Iso Grifo

Best in Show:
Darren Frank
1969 Iso Grifo

Darren says, “There’s definitely something to be said for being unique.  Many of the spectators were very excited to see an Iso for the first time, and those that knew nothing about cars remarked about how beautiful the lines of the car are.”

Lamborghini Gallardo


My thanks to Kevin Fielden, Founder of CAFE, for the information and to Darren Frank for the pictures.

De Tomaso Pantera


Fiat 500


Click on the images for a larger view.

Iso Grifo logo


  1. Thanks for the posting, Mike, looks great!


  2. Mike Gulett says

    Thanks for the pictures!

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