11 will make its North American debut at the 30th Annual
Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance on August 3 in Rochester, MI. This
eagerly- anticipated news in the car world, event organizers say, is
also big news for Michigan, home to B.A.T. 11 creator, Dr. Gary Kaberle.
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.
am thrilled to be introducing the world to B.A.T. 11 in my home
state,” says Kaberle. “Michigan
is where I first caught B.A.T. fever as a teenager 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
11 has already gained worldwide attention, having appeared on numerous
magazine covers and in scores of articles. It is the newest member in
the family of Berlinetta Aerodinamica Tecnica concept cars, which many
aficionados say are among the most famous cars in the world.
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
B.A.T. car has its own vivid story.
Yet, the histories surrounding B.A.T. 9 and B.A.T. 11 are
fundamentally intertwined. 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 on B.A.T.
11, a project he calls “Dreams and Design for a Cure” that honors
his wife and the B.A.T. heritage.
to the 2008 Meadow Brook Concours will get an up-close look at the model
mockup of B.A.T. 11, a stunning remake with Bertone-inspired
advancements in its visor glass, dynamic graphics and sheer cut
“B.A.T. 11 is a design phenomenon with a great pedigree. It’s the perfect complement to our 2008 field of cars representing 100 years of design excellence, says event chairman Larry Smith. “We are honored that Meadow Brook has been chosen for its debut.” Adds Dr. Kaberle, “What’s worth having, is worth sharing. What could be better than sharing a little B.A.T. power to celebrate design and life in Michigan?”
--Meadow Brook press release
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