My Car Quest

December 1, 2022

Racing, Showing and Partying – What A Car Life!

by Mike –

Today some readers of My Car Quest will entertain the rest of us with their adventures.

Scott Stupay owns this beautiful Bizzarrini GT America that is raced but looks to me like it is a show quality car.

Scott writes …

My car is chassis number 0271; one of 11 fiberglass bodied 5300 GT’s.

Bizzarrini GT America

Bizzarrini GT America

The car had a complete and total body off restoration that was completed in 2008 by DEW Motorcars (Chuck Wray).

The car was originally in Sweden and Europe where I believe that it participated in club racing events.

Bizzarrini GT America

This Bizzarrini was upgraded to a “Corsa” during the restoration at DEW Motorcars.

Since the completion of the restoration this racecar has participated in the Amelia Island Concours and Brian Redman’s Targa 66.

Below are photos of the car on the track. Notice the sequence showing the Bizzarrini passing the Ferrari 512 BB LM. That’s what it’s all about!

Bizzarrini GT America

Bizzarrini GT America

Bizzarrini GT America

Bizzarrini GT America

I am planning to have the car at more track activities this summer, and hope to race against a Ferrari 250 GTO, which is a car of the same era, and also engineered by Giotto Bizzarrini, as you know.

(Mike) Oh yeah, we would all love to see that!


Now we move on to showing and Darren Frank tells us about his latest success with one of the best Iso Grifos anywhere.

The Southeast National Meet of the AACA, hosted by the Hornet’s Nest Region of AACA at Charlotte Motor Speedway (in North Carolina) was held on April 21, 2012.

Iso Grifo

Iso Grifo

There were some pretty spectacular cars in attendance, both American and European, some vintage/pre-war and many recent cars as well (but all are within the guidelines of AACA as far as originality and age are concerned).

There were some cool motorcycles and minibikes on display, and some micro cars including a spectacularly restored BMW Isetta.

Iso Grifo

The weather was great, although the forecast called for some wet weather moving through – thankfully, we didn’t experience any of the rain.

Last year at this event, I showed my Iso Grifo for my the first time, and received a First Place Junior Award (that means that it achieved the required point standing out of a possible 400 points in total), on a National level. This year, my Grifo was eligible for its Senior First Place Award, which it won as well. From here forward, it’s Preservation each year to show that the car is properly maintained and still in Senior level quality. 

I can also show the car at a Grand National meet starting next year, which requires Senior status.

Iso Grifo

One Of The Best Grifo Interiors Anywhere

It’s really a great show, as you are competing against yourself, unless someone else in your class is also competing for the same honor (Junior, Senior or Preservation). In that case, in order to achieve a first place, you just have to come within a certain number of points of whoever outscores you to still get a first.

Iso Grifo

The Chief National Judge remarked that the quality of the cars and bikes was so high this year at the Charlotte AACA Meet, that for the first time in eight years of judging shows they didn’t anticipate just how many first place trophies they’d be handing out, and fell short by a half dozen (with some second and third place trophies being packed up for the next show!).

AACA Charlotte National

AACA Charlotte National Trophy

This event is a great family outing, one that I can’t recommend highly enough for original cars (there are also driver and historical preservation categories as well). Just remember to bring your fire extinguisher if you want to be judged!


And now for the party. The photo below was sent to me by Herbert Jones who attended a charity party at the home of Piero Rivolta in Florida.

Piero Rivolta, Herbert Jones

That is Herbert on the right standing next to Piero. Herbert does not know who the other two lovely people are – maybe a reader might recognize them and let us all know?

Herbert’s return address label had this picture on it – I love it.

Herbert Jones


My thanks to Scott, Darren and Herbert for sharing some of the fun in their lives.


  1. bruce caron says

    Very cool posts! Great cars. Congratulation Darren!

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