A Lamborghini Diablo can reach 100 mph in just under nine seconds.

A Lamborghini Diablo can reach 100 mph in just under nine seconds.

But that's not the only reason George Evans loves the Italian-made sports car.

"Speed is one of the things," he said. "It's the design and speed of the car. No one makes cars like the Italians."

For the fourth year, Evans is organizing a chance for Italian car and motorcycle owners to show off their vehicles at the Italian Gathering, which is slated for Sept. 6 at the grounds of Wendy's headquarters at 1 Dave Thomas Blvd. in Dublin.

Evans, who lives in Westerville, bought his first Lamborghini in 1980. His business, Evans Automotive on Morse Road in Columbus, will be bringing at least five cars to the Labor Day weekend event, which was born when a Detroit show ended five years ago.

"About 25 years ago there was an Italian car show in Detroit called the Italian Happening," Evans said.

When the organizers put the brakes on the Detroit event, Evans and another central Ohio Lamborghini owner decided to relocate the show to central Ohio.

"We got together and approached Wendy's to bring it down here. We kind of adopted the Italian Happening, but changed the name to Italian Gathering," Evans said.

The Sept. 6 event is not entirely about Italian-made cars and motorcycles, though. At least $5,000 in proceeds from the car show will go to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.

According to Evans, the event donated $17,000 last year and $47,000 over the past three years to the foundation, which helps children find parents and financially assists families after the adoption.

Wendy's typically brings a few recently adopted children to the event.

"Last year we had two kids, a brother and sister who just got adopted," Evans said. "They were the king and queen."

While car owners and visitors alike will get to support the adoption foundation with the Italian Gathering, they'll also get to check out cars they don't typically see cruising their neighborhoods.

Cars from Alfa Romeo, De Tomas, Ferrari, Fiat, Lancia, Lamborghini, Maseratu, Pantera and more will be on display.

"These aren't cars you see every day," Evans said. "If you're out in Columbus and you see two Lamborghinis and a Ferrari together, that's odd."

More than 40 cars have been registered for the event, including a few vehicles being brought in from Chicago, Canada and Michigan. The registration fee is $35.

Rare vehicles are shipped from all over the world for work at Evans' Columbus business. Currently, a Lamborghini Countach from Switzerland is awaiting some work and a Lamborghini LM002 -- the company's only SUV, of which 301 were made -- is in mid-repair for its owner in Iowa.

Evans, a self-proclaimed "car nut" and "tinkerer," also will bring his Lamborghini tractor to the show and provide a history lesson on the Italian company.

"Tractors are how Lamborghini started out," he said.

The Italian Gathering will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 6. Admission is free and parking is $5.

For more information, visit evansauto.com/IG2006.htm.