Continental AutoSports Recent Events Chicago IL
Fuelfed® Cocktails & Classics Event - Chicago, IL
On Wednesday, March 21st, Continental AutoSports was pleased to introduce the all new Ferrari GTC4Lusso to a group of 200 Fuelfed members and their guests at the club’s private Fuelfed Cocktails & Classics event. The annual cocktail event is held in Chicago at the Ravenswood Event Center.
This new grand touring Ferrari is the perfect choice for those drivers who demand exceptional and sporty power of a V12, yet desire comfort and elegance. Since snow is common in Chicago, the GTC4Lusso can be driven all day, everyday and even in the most harsh winter road conditions thanks to the patented four wheel drive steering called 4RM Evo! Photos are courtesy of www.timothyowensimaging.com
Ferrari North America Annual Dealer Meeting and Ferrari Portofino Launch Event - Dallas, TX
On March 1st, 2018 Ferrari North America held their Annual Dealer Meeting in Dallas, Texas and also celebrated the launch of the new Ferrari Portofino.
Employee Holiday Luncheon - Hinsdale, IL
Continental AutoSports employees celebrated the holidays and milestones with a luncheon on December 8th.
Howl it Up Event - Hinsdale, IL
On November 11th, Continental AutoSports and the Hinsdale Hospital Foundation hosted "Howl it Up" - a fundraising event benefiting the programs of the AMITA Health Cancer Institute Hinsdale.
Ferrari GTC4Lusso Premiere - Hinsdale, IL
Continental AutoSports premiered the all-new GTC4Lusso T from November 1st to November 3rd. The amazing GT was on tour in North America and Continental was one of the first Ferrari dealers to have it available for test drives.
Gibsons Italia Grand Opening - Chicago, IL
Congratulations to Gibsons Italia on the Grand Opening of their new restaurant. The interior dining room chairs were actually inspired by Enzo Ferrari, so now you have the perfect Chicago restaurant to enjoy a part of Italy in style! Visit Gibsons Italia.
Continental AutoSports invited all our clients to AutoBahn Country Club for our bi-annual track day on Friday, October 6. Participants from all different skill levels were able to experience their vehicles the way they were meant to be driven - on the track.
Fuelfed® Coffee & Classics® - Hinsdale, IL
Fuelfed®, the Chicagoland private classic European car club, brought its popular Sunday-morning Coffee & Classics® car gathering to downtown Hinsdale in PRE-1990 EUROPEAN vehicles on Sunday, October 1st. Visit fuelfed.com for more information.
Corsa di Cannone Rally - Hinsdale, North Utica, Ottawa and Peoria, IL
From September 30th through October 1st, Continental Autosports hosted the Corsa di Cannone Rally where participants enjoyed a beautiful and adventurous drive following the Illinois River from Hinsdale to North Utica, Peoria and Ottawa. Saturday's trip took participants from our Autosports store in Hinsdale, IL to August Hill Winery in North Utica, IL where they had lunch on the patio along with a private wine tasting. After lunch, the tour took them to enjoy an overnight stay at the Mark Twain Hotel in Peoria, IL with dinner and cocktails at Two25. On Sunday, they headed off for Ottawa, IL to the Tangled Roots Brewery/ Lone Buffalo where they sampled the most popular Lager, Kupfer, and IPA with their lunches.
Fuelfed® Coffee & Classics® – Winnetka, IL
Vintage European enthusiasts came out on September 24th to see over 160 classic European cars on display including over 60 Ferraris.
On September 20th auto enthusiasts gathered to enjoy all things Italian! Ferrari's, music and raffles with proceeds benefiting Inspiration Corporation and Lurie's Childrens Hospital.
Ferrari’s 70th Anniversary – Fiorano Modenese, Italy
The two-day 70th anniversary celebration at the Fiorano circuit featured more than 4,000 clients and almost a thousand cars from across the globe including 120 historic cars competing for the title of Best of Show in the Racing Car and Road Car categories at the Concours d’Elegance.
Ferrari 812 Superfast Reveal - Oakbrook, IL
Continental Autosports hosted a Sneak Peek Reveal of the all new Ferrari 812 Superfast on August 29th. The most powerful and exclusive Ferrari in the lineup was received well by all who attended. Superfast is an understatement as the 812 has a top speed of 340 km/hr goes 0-100 km/hr in 2.9 seconds.
Geneva Concours d'Elegance - Geneva, IL
Auto enthusiasts gathered and proudly displayed a beautiful collection of antique, vintage, classic and modern vehicles on August 27th. Participants from all over the U.S. displayed their prized vehicles hoping to be awarded one of the coveted "Benz" trophies. Learn more at http://www.genevaconcours.net/.
Fuelfed® Coffee & Classics® - Hinsdale, IL
Fuelfed®, the Chicagoland private classic European car club, brought its popular Sunday-morning Coffee & Classics® car gathering to downtown Hinsdale in PRE-1990 EUROPEAN vehicles. The event was held on August 20th and we had a great day with a great turnout. Visit fuelfed.com.
The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
Every August, 200 of the most prized collector cars in the world compete for one of the most prestigious awards in the automotive industry — Best of Show at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
A tradition since 1950, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance has been an annual gathering of rare and antique automobiles, international automotive luminaries and motorcar enthusiasts from around the globe. The competition is held on the spectacular 18th hole at Pebble Beach Golf Links, with cars lined up and down the hallowed fairway.
The unique competition is not a contest of speed, but rather elegance. Automobiles and motorcycles are judged for their historical accuracy, their technical merit, and their style.
Ferrari Challenge, Round 4 - Elkhart Lake, WI.
Our very own Joel Weinberger took home back to back victories on Saturday and Sunday. A great weekend for all of Continental Autosports, customers included. David Varwig and Neil Gehani both raced Road America in the Ferrari Challenge for the first time this weekend and Neil almost came home with a place on the podium!
Horses to Horsepower
Horses and Horsepower, Sunday July 9th at OakBrook Polo Club, a record setting crowd of 800 guests enjoyed a thrilling Polo match between two Italian favorites Ferrari and Maserati! The pre-match festivities featured a Ferrari parade of over 20 new and classic Ferraris. Continental Auto Sports lead the parade along with the Ferrari Club of America. Besides the horsepower shown on the polo field, Continental displayed a different kind of horsepower! Team Ferrari defeated Team Maserati, winning the match 16-12!
Ferrari Car Show Downtown Clarendon Hills
An early morning Ferrari Car Show hosted by Continental Ferrari was held in downtown Clarendon Hills June 24th. A very nice collection of Ferrari's and friends gathered together to enjoy the view between Burlington and Park Avenue!
Sunday Brunch at Galleria Marchetti
On June 11th we had a large turnout for the "Everything Italian" brunch. A great selection of Ferrari's and food were enjoyed by all in attendance.
Customer Spring Track Day
Continental Autosports hosted clients on May 17th at the Autobahn Country Club. Each year we offer 2 track days to allow customers to experience their cars the way they were meant to be driven on a track
Hinsdale Trunk Club
Continental Maserati and the Hinsdale Trunk Club joined up to bring automobiles and fashion together. Giving exposure to the 2017 Maserati LEVANTE and the latest spring and summer fabrics. Local food and spirits were also available. This is one event you definately will want to attend in the future.
Chicago Auto Show
The 2017 Chicago Auto Show was held February 11-19, 2017 at McComick Place. Continental Maserati hosted an event inviting guests to get up close and personal with Maserati. A great time had by all in attendance!
Ferrari Mondiali 2017
Daytona International Speedway hosted the Ferrari World Finals. First time ever held in the USA. A Guiness Book World Record attempt for the largest parade of Ferraris took place along with Ferrari Classiche, Concourse d'Elegance and many other activities. Continental Autosports competitively took to the track.
Ferrari Racing Days
Homestead-Miami Speedway was the site in November to host the Ferrari Challenge Esperanza.
Chrome and Coffee Italian Car Show
Iron Gate Motor Condo's hosted an informal open house this past weekend. There was plenty of car talk, coffee and Italian sports cars available.
Coffee and Donuts
Vintage European Enthusiasts enjoyed their welcome to Fuelfed Coffee and Donuts!
Italian Village's 19th Annual Ferrari Festival
September 11th the Italian Village's Annual Ferrari Festival was held. Vintage cars, music and raffles were featured with proceeds supporting Inspiration Corporation and Lurie's Childrens Hospital.
Geneva Concours d'Elegance
Concours d'Elegance returned again to Geneva on August 28th this year. A beautiful day resluted in a large turnout with Classic Car Enthusiasts enjoying a great collection of vehicles. Learn more about this years event and mark your calendar for next year at www.genevacouncours.net.
Hinsdale Trunk Club Ferrari California T Ride and Drive
With the introduction of new fall/winter fabrics at the Hindale Trunk Club, Continental Ferrari also provided the opportunity to test drive a new Ferrari California T.
Rise and Drive, Collectors' Car Garage
The premiere automotive gathering spot in Chicago is found at the Rise and Drive, Collectors Car Garage. This monthly event for enthusiasts and collectors is located at 2500 W. Bradley in Chicago. Check out more information on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/riseanddrive/
Exotics on Racine
Continental Autosports joined in for "Exotics on Racine" August 6th. A unique display of collectable and exotic cars were featured at this fundraising event for Polysystic Kidney Disease Foundations.
USPA Arranmore Polo Classic
The signature tournament of the Chicago Polo Season was held at the USPA Arranmore Polo Club recently. The week long event concluded on Sunday with a magnicifent afternoon of festivities. Continental Autosports participated by sharing the latest in Italian automobiles. Visit http://www.arranmorefarmandpoloclub.com to learn more about this event and upcoming matches.
Honoring "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"
Fans of "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" checked out a red Ferrari California T outside Willis Tower, this past Thursday through Saturday, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the movie by North Shore filmmaker John Hughes.
Continental AutoSports of Hinsdale provided the Ferrari, which is said to be a modern version of the 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California that Bueller (played by Matthew Broderick), Cameron Frye (Alan Ruck) and Sloane Peterson (Mia Sara) used for their spin through Chicago.
Horses & Horsepower
Oak Brook Polo Club's third event of the 2016 Season, "Horses & Horsepower", was a huge success on July 17th!
Some 20 prize-winning Ferrari's and Maserati's where on display compliments of Ferrari Club of America and Continental Autosports. Continental AutoSports Ferrari Team, made up of Oak Brook Polo Team Players Jason Wates, Tomas Obregon, Bob Mcmurtry and James Drury III, took on Continental AutoSports Maserati in a showed down between two of Italy's iconic sports cars. Team Ferrari prevailed, winning the match 11-5. Congratulations to MVP Chris Vangel of Team Maserati and BPP "Marli de Marci", a dark brown gelding owned by John Greene.
Oak Brook Polo Club's next match will be Sunday, August 7th, 2016. The Delhi Polo Club from India returns to take Oak Brook Polo for the USPA Drake Challenge Cup. For event information and tickets visit www.oakbrookpoloclub.com
Ferraris on Oak
On Sunday, July 10, 2016, Oak Street, Chicago’s luxury shopping destination, hosted a biennial invitational car show for the Ferrari Club of America and its distinguished drivers and members. More than 70 prize-winning, rare and historic specimens of this legendary Italian automobile were on display for public to admire close up. A portion of proceeds from ticket sales and all proceeds from the charity drawing benefits the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. To learn more visit http://ferrarisonoak.com
Drive for 75 – A Great Success!
By Joel Weinberger
On Sunday, June 26th, Continental Motors of Naperville sponsored and hosted the 6th Annual “Drive for 75” Race to End Homelessness at Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, IL. This fun charity event is a 4-hour team endurance karting race. This year, we had 11 teams competing off-track to reach a goal of $75,000 in fundraising for DuPagePads. Once race day arrived, the teams competed on-track in a test of driving endurance, strategy, and skill.
While the weather forecast had threatened stormy weather for our race day, it miraculously turned out to be dry and extremely hot. Teams were placed into one of three classes based on karting experience (Pro, Sportsman or Rookie). The on-track battles within each class were fierce all race long, with many of the final positions decided in the last 30 minutes of the race. Pit strategy and driver changes are always critically important to a good race result.
Team Continental Racing earned its first-ever overall win with the driver team of Continental dealership owner Joel Weinberger, his two sons Aidan and Kellan, and Ben Ficht. The Sportsman Class victory was earned by Team First Trust – Cash and Carey. Their captain, Bob Carey, was the driving force behind having their team also finish 1st in fundraising with over $15,000 collected. Thank you First Trust! The Rookie Class was won by a team made up of members of the DuPage Pads Board of Directors, plus some help from an experienced racer, Lauren Bruski. Fellow Board member Lou Holland provided the leadership and strategy for that team.
There were also two additional teams from Continental, comprised mostly of service and parts employees from the Continental Ferrari dealership in Hinsdale along with Chris Papo from Acura. The more experienced team, Scuderia Sei, finished 2nd in the Sportsman Class. The other team, Meow Meow, learned a lot and hopes to come back and compete for a class win next year.
In the end, everyone enjoyed some great racing and camaraderie while also learning a bit more about how DuPagePads is making an impact on the problem of homelessness. Even more importantly, the event reached its fundraising goal by collecting $75,747 in donations. Over the past 6 years, the Drive for 75 has now raised over $475,000 for DuPagePads! Thanks to all the drivers, supporters, staff, and Autobahn County Club for helping make it happen!
Check back soon for more recent Ferrari & Maserati events!