The Monterey Classic Car week was officially stated with the
Quail Rally and the Concours on the Avenue in the nearby
At 8 am about 30 classic cars and a few new sponsor cars lined
up in front of the club house at the Quail Lodge. Sir Michael
Kadoorie invited a few friends to start the busy week with a
relaxed drive to finally arrive on Wednesday evening at the McCall
Jet Center party at the Monterey airport. When looking over the
field the quality of cars was surprisingly high for a driving event
with a Ferrari 166MM, a 400 Superamerica and especially an Alfa
Romeo 8C2900 Touring Spider. For some this is the best looking
sports car ever produced and they are rarely seen outside the
lawn of major concours. The sometimes changeable weather of
the Monterey peninsula was at its best with sunshine all the
Just after leaving the lodge one did make its way to the nearby
Concours on the Avenue at Carmel-by-thesea. Being the only free
event without tickets it is always amazing to see how the
organizers succeed in setting up a good quality field.
Unfortunately the weather changed during the last few miles so
Carmel-by-the-Sea did not see sun during the entire Concours but
fortunately it stayed dry at least.
In the Cobra-year certainly an own Cobra class was launched and
even a matching Ford Transporter was present, the car will be
auctioned later that week by RM.
Other special classes included the Trans Am class with cars just
arriving from the nearby racetrack in Laguna Seca under a police
escort, their loud an deep exhaust note must have been heard
miles away when the were guided by the police through the
Best of show went to a smaller and more exotic car, the Ferrari
275 GTB/4 N.A.R.T. Spider.
Tomorrow the auction previews will be started with Bonhams,
Russo&Steele, Mecum, RM and Gooding presenting their cars for
the upcoming auctions. Especially the last two auctions will show
some of the most expensive cars and one is curious how many
records they will break this weekend, together they will be most
likely the most valuable sales in the history of Pebble Beach.
Images & Text Peter Singhof ...