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Maserati Mingle revs up interest for even bigger automobile event

During last year's Maserati Mingle, Rick Bertelson and son Alex took a close look at the chrome engine one of the cars on display. The event is a warm-up for next month's Keeneland Concours d'Elegance.
During last year's Maserati Mingle, Rick Bertelson and son Alex took a close look at the chrome engine one of the cars on display. The event is a warm-up for next month's Keeneland Concours d'Elegance. Herald-Leader

Friday evening will be a time for fun, music and Maseratis in downtown Lexington.

The Maserati Mingle, at the Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza, will feature more than 50 exotic and classic motorcars.

Despite the name, the cars showcased won't just be Maseratis. They will include new and vintage models from Maserati, Ferrari, Porsche and other manufacturers. Maserati of Cincinnati is sponsoring the event.

General admission is free. But for $50 you may buy a ticket that provides entry to the VIP tent, with cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and a display of works by invited artists.

The Maserati Mingle is intended as a warm-up for the 10th annual Keeneland Concours d'Elegance, a showing of hundreds of classic automobiles at the Keeneland Race Course from July 18 to 21.

"The Maserati Mingle is to kind of give everybody a taste of what they might see at the concours," said Connie Jones, who co-chairs the Keeneland Concours with her husband, Tom Jones.

About 3,000 people turned out for last year's mingle, Connie Jones said.

"Maserati of Cincinnati will have some of their cars there, and we ask folks around town to bring some of their own cars to showcase," she said. "It's a great way to get the public engaged at no cost. Gallery Hop is also on Friday, so it really should be a fun evening downtown for everybody."

Mustang will be the featured car at this year's Keeneland Concours and hundreds of Mustangs of will be on hand for the show. Numerous cars will be featured from other builders, from luxury models to racing cars, covering just about every era of the automobile. There will be something to suit just about any automotive taste, Jones said.

"We don't know where we're going to put them all," she said.


IF YOU GO

Maserati Mingle

What: Showcase of classic cars of various models

When: 5:30-9 p.m. June 21

Where: Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza, E. Main St. and N. Limestone

Admission: Free. VIP tickets available for $50.

Learn more: Keenelandconcours.com

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