Troy, Michigan – The B.A.T. 11, the newest member in the family of Berlinetta Aerodinamica Tecnica concept cars, will make its North American debut at the 30th Annual Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance on August 3rd in Rochester, Michigan. The debut will shine an even brighter international spotlight on an event that draws top collectors and thousands of visitors and car enthusiasts to the area.
“I am thrilled to be introducing the world to B.A.T. 11 in my home state,” said owner Dr. Gary Kaberle. “Michigan is where I first caught B.A.T. fever as a 16 year-old and sharing my latest dream with everyone here seems not only fitting, but right.” I have been working with Stile Bertone since 2006 on this project and am delighted that it will be part of Meadow Brook’s exciting event.”
The B.A.T. 11 has already gained worldwide attention, having appeared on numerous magazine covers and in scores of articles. B.A.T. 5, 7 and 9 were designed by the legendary Nuccio Bertone and Franco Scaglione in the mid-1950s, built on the Alfa Romeo 1900 Sprint chassis and are highly regarded for their futuristic but functional curves.
Kaberle purchased B.A.T. 9 as a teenager with popcorn-stand money and a loan from his grandmother. He sold it 23 years later to help fund medical treatment for his wife, Debbie, who passed away two years later. Soon after, Kaberle started exhaustive research of the B.A.T. cars. He visited the Scaglione family in Italy and began working with Stile Bertone design director, David Wilkie on B.A.T. 11, a project he calls “Dreams and Design for a Cure” that honours his wife and the B.A.T. heritage.
Visitors to the 2008 Meadow Brook Concours will get an up-close look at the model mock-up of B.A.T. 11, a stunning remake with Bertone-inspired advancements in its visor glass, dynamic graphics and sheer cut surfaces. Other 21st century features may include a joystick in lieu of a steering wheel that would allow driving from either side of the car.
Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance is is held on the grounds of Meadow Brook Hall, a 1920’s Tudor-revival mansion built by the widow of John Dodge. For more event information, visit MBConcours.org.