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AT ONE time or another, the most interesting cars in the world show up on the Monterey Peninsula. Given that the 2013 Monterey Weekend is taking place at the moment (see www.montereycarweek.com), I’m celebrating it here with photos I’ve taken over the years.
The “Weekend” stretches into more than a week now. A favored routine is to arrive for Tuesday’s Carmel Concours on the Avenue.
The Concours on the Avenue is always fun for its eclectic nature, one year there was an American Austin/Bantam convertible (see www.wp.me/p2ETap-pq); another, an immaculately restored cement truck (a genre yet to be treated here).
Tuesday and Wednesday, there’s the neat Automobilia Monterey, with collectibles of all sorts. Fun to encounter old friends, make new ones and browse the tables for interesting car stuff.
Several purveyors of books and photos are regular magnets for me as well.
Thursday is the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance. To me, this is the best—and least expensive—event of the week, in that it costs nothing to see. Just park your car anywhere along the pre-announced route, and the cream of Sunday’s Pebble Beach Concours comes motoring past.
The past few years, the Tour has headed down Route 1, which means if you park somewhere along it, you get to see them travel past twice. Great fun!
Friday is The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. It’s not inexpensive (but then remember all the money saved spectating the Tour).
The Quail features festive sites at each corner, a German tent here, a French one there, with plenty of tables and chairs for sharing excellent cuisine with other enthusiasts.
Saturday is a great day for multi-taskers. The vintage race cars are in the middle of their three-day extravaganza at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
The classic car auctions are underway at several venues. And there’s amazing car watching to be had throughout the peninsula.
There are press events going on. Serendipity occurs.
Sunday to me is the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The Dawn Patrol gets there at 0-dark-thirty to see the cars motor onto the green to their assigned display areas. (Truth is, there’s better motoring to be seen of those participating in the Tour.)
Designed by Chrysler’s Virgil Exner in 1955, the Ghia Gilda Streamline X Coupé was a striking machine, albeit a non-mobile one back in its auto show days.
The Gilda’s 2008 restoration involved installation of an AiResearch turbine engine and the car made a memorable entrance at Pebble.
It’s a magic week, with only one downside.
Parking can be a real hassle. ds
© Dennis Simanaitis, SimanaitisSays.com, 2013