2014 Bella Italia [New Article].



Article by Tina Tinkham

Photos by Ron Tinkham and Rich Fatuzzo

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Saturday, April 26th highlighted the FOC San Diego Region’s 14th year for the Bella Italia Concours d Elegance at Spanish Landing in San Diego. Directors Jim and Joanne Hyldahl chaired this special event that began as the dream of past San Diego Region President, Mickey Miller. The first year a tiny handful of volunteers stood under one canopy in an early morning rain storm to set up and execute the first Bella Italia. The rain stopped the sun came out and it was a success. Approximately 90 cars were exhibited this year. San Diego Region Vice President, Ron Tinkham, was the recipient of the honorary Mickey Miller Memorial Award for his contributions to the club and his superbly designed event layout. Every year he creates the placement of the extraordinary Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Maseratis, and Alfa Romeos. A feast for the eyes.

The weather was cool and breezy; a welcome relief to a violent rain and wind storm the night before. Volunteers arrived at 6:00 am to set up the venue. Photographer Doug Gates from Gates Photography was on the scene to photograph cars as they began to arrive at 8:00am. The Boy Scouts as they do every year, helped set up tables and chairs then lended a hand during lunch. Sponsor tents were displayed and the Sponsors began to arrive with gorgeous cars of their own. This year’s Sponsors were Symbolic Motors, Cavallo Motorsports, West Coast Specialities, HG Motorsports, Rancho Santa Fe Motor Storage, Modern Image, Griot’s Garage, La Jolla Audio, Bobileff Motors, Capri Blu, Edco, Lockton Insurance Brokers and Sheraton Hotels. All gave either monetary dontations, goods or services.

This year’s charity was the Ronald McDonald House at Rady Children’s Hospital of San Diego. A significant part of the profit is going to the center. Thank you to Rhonda Migliaccio and her assistant, Wynda from Cavallo Motorsports and Club Member Lynn Wheeler for collecting beautiful raffle items to display and sell at the event entrance. The raffle was a success. The money collected for Ronald McDonald House was over $6,000.

It was the third year for Capri Blu restaurant to cater the luncheon buffet. Club Director Roy Silver, co-owns this fine restaurant. The buffet consisted of Pulled Pork and BBQ Chicken Sandwiches and assorted salads. The on-site staff was friendly and professional. There was plenty of food for the 250+ people who were served. The conversation was lively at the 20 round lunch tables that held the hungry crowd; groovy background music was provided by Tres the Band.

Also, there was a “Rare Sighting” of two red F50 Ferraris. One in the “Spider Mode” belonging to Bill and Vida and the other with a hard top installed, was brought to the show by Chris and Gail.

What would a car show be without Judges and Trophies. Our fine panel of judges included Gary Bobileff, Bruce Breneman, Joe Charles, Chuck Ettari, Rich Fatuzzo, Rocky Gallo, Morgan Langley, Steve Maxwell, Jim Migliaccio, Katherine Partain, Mike Partain, Dennis Pinn, Jim Romeo and Dr. Steve Wheeler. First place trophies, were designed and created by Steve Maxwell of Exotic Car Service. The aluminum bases and pedestals were produced on an NC Machine and incorporated pistons and rods from an early 212 Ferrari. The remaining trophies were designed and provided by Director Joe Charles.


Elaine & Dave Darwin 1st Ferrari Late V-12 2005 Super America
Dr. Eric & Rita Goldberg 2nd Ferrari Late V-12 2008 599 GTB Fiorano
Robert Quisenberry 1st Ferrari Early V-12 1988 Testarossa
Barry Walker 2nd Ferrari Early V-12 1987 Testarossa
Charles & Marlene Ettari 1st Ferrari Early V-8 1976 308 GTB
Michael Santoro 2nd Ferrari Early V-8 1987 328 GTB
Stacy & Steve Slead 1st Ferrari Mid V-8 1994 348 Challenge
Brian & Maura Bonifant 2nd Ferrari Mid-V-8 1997 F355 Spyder
Diane & Howard Bentley 1st Ferrari Lt V-8 2004 F360 Challenge Stradale
Sheldon Ostroff 2nd Ferrari Late V-8 2014 458 Spyder
Salvador Manzur 1st Ferrari Dino 1972 246 GTS
Sheldon Ostroff 2nd Ferrari Dino 1974 GTS
Gene Ondrusek 1st Lamborghini 1975 Urraco P250
Dr. Perry Mansfield 2nd Lamborghini 1972 Jarama
Frank & Gina Magdaleno 1st Maserati 2011 Gran Turismo S
Ron & Tina Tinkham 2nd Maserati 2007 Quattroporte
Eduardo & Leonora Aenlle 1st Alfa Romeo 1966 Quattroruote
Antonio & Debbi Covelli 2nd Alfa Romeo 1966 GTAR Comp Car
Bill Ceno 1st Ferrari 1995 F50
Malcolm Barksdale 1st Ferrari 1966 275 GTB/4
Steven Murphy 1st Ferrari 1965 275 GTB


What would we do without our volunteers! A core group of people assisted Jim and Joanne in creating this outstanding car show. Behind the scenes, Directors Rocky and Alice Gallo designed the badges and organized the check-in system. Alice was in charge of the check-in table, not an easy job. Directors Joe and Doris Charles designed trophies, hats and T-shirts; while Doris was organizing and overseeing the apparel sales. Club Secretary Tina Tinkham was in charge of equipment rental and set-up; Director Scott Cairncross provided a sound system and generator. San Diego Region President Gary Peterson helped Jim Hyldahl in acquiring Sponsors and worked directly with the Port Authority to secure this coveted venue. All other duties were handled by Jim and Joanne Hyldahl personally. On the actual day of the event volunteers arrived early and gave of their time to get the event off the ground before any exhibitor arrived and assisted in the busy check-in table.  I know “It’s a Man’s World” but the women came forth to nurture this event to success. Some of these valuable women volunteers were:

Marlene Ettari check-in
Margie Breneman check-in
Ann Shaw check-in
Linda Miller Apparel Sales
Lissandra Da Cos Apparel Sales
Nga Tran Lunch table set up
Katherine Partain Lunch table set up

Also a valuable contribution to the event is the parking team who worked with Ron Tinkham. A handful of men were on hand to help with this crucial job, setting up the course, placing the Sponsor tents and lunch tables (thank you Rich Fatuzzo) and guiding the cars to their designated parking spots.

Thank you for all your help.

This was an outstanding show with the ability to grow  larger every year. The venue is not to be surpassed and Ron Tinkham is ready to extend the layout design as far as the event will take us. We look forward to next year……mark your calendars April 25th 2015 Bella Italia awaits!

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