Mini-Copperstate rally added to Arizona Auction Week activities

Mini-Copperstate rally added to Arizona Auction Week activities
Copperstate organizers and Hagerty offering two-day drive in Arizona at start of 2018 auction week | Men's Arts Council photo

The 28th annual Copperstate 1000 vintage sports car rally doesn’t take place until April 7-11, 2018, but the event’s organizer, the Men’s Arts Council of the Phoenix Art Museum, is linking with Hagerty to stage a 2-day mini rally as part of Arizona Auction Week.

The rally takes place January 15-16 (Monday and Tuesday of auction week) and is open to cars produced through the 1989 model year. The route goes from the Phoenix area to an overnight stay at the Starr Pass Marriott in Tucson, then returns for a reception and auction preview at the Bonhams venue in Scottsdale.

Car Guy’s Italian tour celebrates its 25th adventure

Mini-Copperstate rally added to Arizona Auction Week activities
Car Guy Tour makes a stop in 2017 visit to Italy | Tour photo

Frank Mandarano is best known within the collector car hobby as founder of Concorso Italiano, the annual celebration of Italian vehicles staged each August as part of Monterey Car Week in northern California.

But when his Maserati 3500 GTI broke on his second day of ownership back in 1976, he and his future wife sought help and eventually founded the Maserati Club International, which grew to more than 3,500 members in 39 nations.

In 1998, the Mandaranos founded the Car Guy Tour, which in 2018 celebrates its 25th annual Italian tour with visits to Como, Milano, Torino, Modena and Maranello. The tour spans September 1-12, including the Italian Grand Prix race at Monza, and visits to Maserati, Pagani, Lamborghini and Ferrari; to the Pininfarina, Zagato, Italdesign and Fioravanti design studios; to Borrani wheels, restoration shops and more.

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For complete information, visit the Car Guy Tour website.

A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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