My Car Quest

April 14, 2024

Iso Grifo At The Hillsborough Concours D’Elegance

by Mike –

I was up very early on Sunday morning (yesterday) and awoke to the sound of thunder – which is very unusual for California in mid-July. We need the rain badly but I prefer if it held off until Monday.

Iso Grifo Undercover

Waiting For Sunday

It is 5:00 AM and as I prepare for my drive to Hillsborough I continue to hear loud rolling thunder and see lightening. A storm is definitely on the way but I hope to be on the road ahead of it.

Iso Grifo

The Iso Grifo in the driveway ready to go

I was not able to get ahead of the monsoon – within minutes after I pulled out I was hit by a deluge that lasted for about 10-15 minutes. The good news is the Grifo is water tight and the windshield wipers work great. As I passed Monterey on Highway 1 the rain stopped and did not bother me again for the rest of the day.

Iso Grifo in the rain

Driving the Iso Grifo in a monsoon

The Hillsborough Concours D’Elegance was an excellent event that was well attended with about 200 cars on display. It was hot and humid but there was no rain. I spent a lot of time talking about the Iso Grifo.

I was parked next to a beautiful De Tomasso Mangusta owned by my friends Bud and Jan Millard. We were at the very beginning of the show field.

Iso Grifo and De Tomasso Mangusta

Iso Grifo and De Tomasso Mangusta in the morning

Iso Grifo

I spent a lot of time cleaning the Grifo before judging began – photo by David Word

The Judging

Iso Grifo

Iso Grifo being judged

Iso Grifo being judged

Iso Grifo

Iso Grifo

The Iso Grifo Is Awarded First in Class

Iso Grifo

Iso Grifo

Driving to the stand



Iso Grifo and De Tomaso Mangusta

The De Tomaso Mangusta from inside the Iso Grifo

Iso Grifo on the podium

Iso Grifo on the podium

Iso Grifo First In Class

Overall it was a good day I was back home in Carmel at 6:00 PM. The round trip drive was about 240 miles (386 km).

Let us know what you think in the Comments.

Below is the route I drove with the exception of a stop in Los Gatos to pick up Michael Menetto.

Carmel to Hillsborough

Some photos by Michael Menetto.

Iso Grifo At The Hillsborough Concours D'Elegance
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Iso Grifo At The Hillsborough Concours D'Elegance
My Iso Grifo is awarded first in class at the Hillsborough Concours D'Elegance.


  1. Hi Mike
    Congratulations for 1st place

  2. Mike:

    Your gorgeous Grifo is encouraging me to get on with my Rivolta (320-007) restoration.
    It appears to be one of the first, if not the first, to be imported into the US in 1993.
    If you have, or anyone else, information regarding the history of 007 or parts for sale, let me know.

    • JW,

      You have acquired a special Iso Rivolta (007 – the first delivered to the US) and I am sure there are many Iso owners who will help you with parts and information.

      • Darren Frank says

        JW, you should join IBOC (Iso & Bizzarrini Owner’s Club, and the facebook Iso Rivolta Group. We can help!


  3. Rob Krantz says

    Mike, congratulations on your first class win! The Grifo looks gorgeous!

  4. Congratulation, Mike!
    I love this colour combination.
    Special car for special men.

    • Adam,

      Thank you. I know you Iso owners in Europe don’t think twice about a long drive even in the rain but here in California it is not common, especially the rain.

  5. Robert Bevis says

    Mike, The drive appears to be well worth the trip in its self, especially in the Grifo. Congrats on your Grifo’s win. Did you receive the larger Strata image you requested? If not I will resend.

  6. Darren Frank says


    Congratulations not only on your win, which is fabulous and very well-deserved, but also on your drive! There’s nothing more rewarding than owning a gorgeous car such as your Grifo, and actually driving and experiencing it. What a wonderful thing to do!

    So sorry about the rain, I know just how that feels. When I was driving home from the Biltmore Concours the heavens opened up and the car got drenched. The was at the very end of my 140 mile drive home!

    Congrats again! Well done!


    • Darren,

      You and Ken Phillips were my inspiration (because I have heard your stories for years) to take the long Grifo drive rather than a trailer and it was great!

  7. Darren Frank says

    Thanks, Mike!

    I just drove the Grifo to The Elegance–a 1,000 mile, 16 hour round trip journey. Just fabulous in a Grifo!!!

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