Monterey Motorsports Festival Announces Special Guest

Also, Raffaello Porro joins the event as communications director...

Monterey Motorsports Festival plans to build on the success of its inaugural event with help from an Italian automotive legend and a renowned events coordinator.

Famed in the Italian motoring scene with a 40-year career as the former chief test driver of Lamborghini, Valentino Balboni will appear at MMF when it returns to the Monterey County Fairgrounds throughout the event.

Balboni is so important to Lamborghini history that the brand created a special edition car just for him. The Gallardo LP 550-2 “Valentino Balboni” edition was limited to only 250 units and, unlike the contemporary Gallardo, was converted to rear-wheel drive at Balboni’s request, thus reducing the curb weight by 66 pounds.

MMF founder and CEO Paolo Manca has also announced the addition of former Lamborghini communications director Raffaello Porro, bringing his wealth of experience to a similar role with MMF.

Porro brings decades of experience in the creation and promotion of cultural and entertainment events, particularly within the automotive sector. Among his records: 350 cars from 29 countries for the 50th anniversary of Lamborghini, the highest speed on the Miami Int’l airport runway with a Lamborghini Aventador Roadster and the spectacular presentation of the Lamborghini Veneno Roadster on an Italian aircraft carrier.

“Joining this dynamic team is an honor, and I’m grateful to Paolo Manca for his confidence in me,” said Porro. “The Monterey Motorsports Festival breaks new ground with its innovative spirit, aiming to revolutionize the traditional narrative of car week.”

“Launching this event last year, our aim was to introduce a novel and exhilarating element to Monterey Car Week,” Manca said. “With ambitious plans for our second edition on Aug. 17, we rely on a strong, inventive team — now further bolstered by Raffaello’s involvement.”

The 2024 event will showcase an array of classic and modern vehicles, including rare and exotic models from across the globe, complemented by unique aviation highlights.

MMF goes beyond static displays, offering interactive activities such as racing simulators, vehicle wrap demos, off-road exhibits, live entertainment, and a variety of food and drink options, making it an essential destination for anyone passionate about the automotive world.

The festival offers a range of activities suitable for all ages, including simulators, video games, live installations, and interactive areas inspired by motorsports, ensuring an engaging experience for both adults and children.

Open until 10 p.m., the event extends into the evening with MMF Under the Lights, featuring nighttime viewing, live performances, dance groups, food courts and outdoor bars. To learn more about Monterey Motorsports Festival, click here.

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