Over the next hours the presentation on the ramp featured several cars from the different classes while the
judges were busy to choose the winners in the countless classes. In typical Monterey weather the show
started on an overcast morning before the sun was out for about 2 hours around noon before the clouds came
back giving an impression of what to expect the coming days. Although one thinks about sun and heat when
visiting California the Peninsula is actually quit chilly around this time of the year without the sun out,
especially compared to the heat waves in Southern California or even in Europe these days.
After a long day finally the Best of Show was presented in the late afternoon with the Lamborghini taking the
top laurels, a car represented in extraordinary restored condition in light blue. After being awarded it was on
display in front of the Cypress Inn Hotel with the other winners at the end of the day. And as long as it took for
all the cars to be set up it only took about half an hour until the main street was again clear for traffic.
Tomorrow will start with the numerous auction previews of the different auction companies including the big
three of Bonhams, Gooding and RM Sotheby´s. Although the main attraction is still the concours on Sunday
the focus is more and more shifted towards the highest valued car on sale in the entire year. Every year one
could hear people complaining about the insane amount of money going over the block and every year people
say this cannot last forever but for some reasons the Monterey auctions still seem to be those working the
best as every year most of the treasured items are absorbed by the huge collector car market that still
contains a lot of money and even the highest selling cars like the Ferrari 250 GTO at RM Sotheby´s still looks
like a bargain compared to the prizes of the art market. With an uncertain economy on both sides of the
Atlantic and ever changing tax regulation there are not few opinions on how the outcome will be and latest
Saturday evening most insiders will tell us exactly how it came exactly as it came out. Until then, both sellers
and auction houses are holding their breath as it seems to be uncertain to a certain amount no matter what
people say. The first Auction to set the trend will be the Bonhams Quail Lodge sale going Friday during the
day before Gooding and RM Sotheby´s join in later that day.
Tomorrow we will have a first glimpse at hundreds of cars looking for a new home.
Images & Report ... Peter Singhof