Exotic Car Show Benefits Diabetes Research

Known for her love of exotic cars, sophisticated leather fashions and a penchant for giving back, part-time Long Islander Joanne Del Prete-Rosten can often be seen driving around town in her Lamborghini LP550, which is decked out in the colors of her clothing company, Canto NYC.  On Sunday, Sept. 14, those interested in getting a closer look at the car that has become somewhat of a local celebrity saw it on display with hundreds of exotic cars at the sixth annual Gold Coast Concours/Bimmerstock event, presented by Martino Auto Concepts and benefiting the Diabetes Research Institute 

“In exotic cars, I find a tremendous amount of art – the lines, the curves, the craftsmanship.  It speaks to me personally, and I try to incorporate that feeling into my designs, which are sporty and empowering for women on the go,” said Del Prete-Rosten, whose clothing line is inspired by the rough and tumble world of exotics: cars, motorcycles and jets – a world she’s been exploring since the age of 15.  Her first car?  A Pontiac Trans-Am 6.6 Liter.  “I was always the tomboy,” she said. 

“One of the most exciting things for me when I drive the car around the east end of Long Island is when the kids come up to the car wanting to talk to me about it and take pictures with the car.  It’s a great feeling to see them smile,” she continued. 

The Canto car was among other classic racers, super exotics and specialty one-off vehicles, including Ferraris, Roll Royces, Porsches, Mercedes and customized BMWs, in addition to several limited-edition cars, such as a Lola, Enzo Ferrari and Ferrari Challenge racers at the Gold Coast Concours/Bimmerstock.   

The event was co-chaired by Joe LaPadula and Jon Holzer of Martino Auto Concepts – a facility Del Prete-Rosten says is “the only go-to place for anyone that cares about their car.”  Top sponsors included: Competition BMW, Prestige BMW, and Rallye BMW, among others.  While the cars were the highlight of the day, the event also featured entertainment for the whole family, live music presented by local bands The Lazy Dogs, Rolling Stoned and The School of Rock, plus prize opportunities and plenty of delicious food options, and all to support the Diabetes Research Institute’s mission to cure diabetes.   

Although she has no direct connection to diabetes, Del Prete-Rosten stated, “I’m participating for a reason, to raise awareness for a disease that affects millions of American adults and children.  I think about what these kids with diabetes have to endure each day just to survive, and I feel compelled to find a way to help.”