Drinks and hors d'oeuvres for about 200 autophiles at Newport Imports on Coast Highway in Newport Beach. Cruising the showroom and car lot after work on Tuesday were patrons and exhibitors of the seventh annual Newport Beach Concours d'Elegance, an antique and classic car show to be held at UC Irvine on Oct. 1. Proceeds from the Concours help underwrite the Assessment and Treatment Services Center, a private, nonprofit juvenile counseling program serving Orange County. This year's Concours will be local Ferrari lovers' field of dreams--the daylong fete will include a "Friends of Ferrari" meeting and a host of Ferrari models of various vintages. (One of the ruby-colored cars is the show's poster prop.) Lee West, owner of Newport Imports, used Tuesday's thank-you party--hosted by ATSC--to unveil a new model 1990 Ferrari. For most of the two-hour get-together, the little red surprise was parked in the middle of the showroom, draped with a cloth cover, the object of many a sidelong glance.
Conspicuous consumption, with a smile. "We have Ferraris and Alfas," said Sandy Zide, who carried her 3-month-old daughter in a shoulder sling. While Sandy cooed at baby Amy, husband Sheldon, a doctor, clarified: three Ferraris, four Alfa Romeos. "I collect them and I restore them," he said of his four-wheel harem. Ed Awad, a chemical engineer, allowed as how he owned just two Ferraris, but added quickly, "I'm about to buy another one." Jolene Engle--who wore red leather pants, spike-heel boots and a sequined jacket with race-car patches buried in the shiny scales--said she drives Jaguars and her husband, Dick, drives Ferraris (that's plural, two apiece). "Ferraris are for driving fast, and he does," she said with a giggle, glancing at her husband. "Hit the freeway, up to 180-- wheee! "