MONTEREY MADNESS: SALES DOWN; EXHILARATION UP!

Here are Jim Palam’s top ten picks, just a fraction of the magnificent exotica that populated the Monterey Peninsula during Car Week.  1953 Ferrari 250MM Vignale Spider ‘Pebble Car’ on Ocean Avenue in Carmel. If you were among the many thousands of automobile enthusiasts zipping around the auctions, races, shows and events in the Monterey Peninsula this August, you may have been struck by this of many befuddlements: $49 hotel rooms renting for $549! Plus Lengthy hikes from your car to e...
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THE QUAIL: CROWN JEWEL OF MONTEREY MADNESS!

Some of the world’s finest examples of automotive design and engineering were staged at this year's Motorsports Gathering at the Quail Lodge and Golf Club. “Among the many facets of the Monterey Classic Car Week, The Quail is the most exclusive taking as it does, the form of a very grand private garden party,” comments Rolex Watch USA President and CEO, Stewart Wicht. “As well as fine food, guests have the chance to view at leisure some of the finest examples of classic race and road cars who...
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FORD GT40s: LEGENDS OF LE MANS!

Seven GT40s are amongst legendary racecars lining up for this year’s  Le Mans Legend event. The extended age range for this year’s Le Mans Legend race on Saturday June 13th has allowed seven Ford GT40s to join the spectacular historic grid that will race on the full Le Mans circuit. It all happens just a few hours before the start of the modern 24-Hour endurance race. 61 iconic cars, dating from 1949 to 1968 and representing 26 different marques, will take to the track in an outstanding...
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THE 100 MOTORCARS OF RADNOR HUNT: CONCOURS!

One of the highest-quality and most eclectic shows in the country celebrates its 18th year. Mike & Maureen Matune bring us highlights. This year’s Radnor Hunt Concours d’Elegance, benefitting the Thorncroft Equestrian Center, featured a field of select Concours grade automobiles along with motorcycles and featured groups. Best in Show honors went to Margie & Bill Cassini’s ’33 Chrysler CL Imperial five-passenger Phaeton, top. Originally purchased by LeBaron designer Ralph Roberts f...
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ROLEX MONTEREY MOTORSPORTS REUNION: LAGUNA SECA!

‘When it comes to experiencing vintage racing greatness, the Reunion has few equals,’ blogs Mike Matune. Mid-August brings us what is lovingly referred to as Monterey Hell Week and the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Laguna Seca. The Reunion is what vintage racing aspires to be, a collection of truly important cars and drivers competing head to head. Eddie Lawson, top, climbs the Rahal Straight towards the “Corkscrew” in Racing Commonwealth’s Osella PA 3/5.  I have been attendi...
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AULT PARK CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE: 37th ANNUAL!

One of the top Concours in the Midwest is still going strong, showcasing everything from multi-million-dollar exotics to an old school Gasser!  Mike Matune captures the highlights. The 37th Ault Park Concours d’Elegance took place in Cincinnati, OH last weekend. Going early to a Concours gives you the opportunity to get some interesting shots, like a Porsche 919 racer being offloaded. The car features a two-liter V4 turbo engine with dual hybrid systems.  Here’s an incredibly st...
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MASERATI 450S: DESERT CONCORSO CENTERPIECE!

Spectacular Maserati 450S racer and legendary Maserati road racer Bill Krause coming to the Desert Concorso. One of ten fire breathing monsters built by Maserati in the mid-1950s, this 450S is the last car built in 1957 as well as one of the most valuable due to its matching number engine and competition provenance. Owned by a local area snowbird and noted collector and vintage racer Tom Hollfelder, it is an iconic period racecar. It is altogether fitting that this historic sports racer S/...
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MASERATI CELEBRATES CENTENNIAL: LAGUNA SECA!

Maserati named Featured Marque of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Happy 100th! 
 The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion will celebrate the rich 100-year history of Maserati, one of Italy’s iconic luxury sports car brands that throughout the century has been deeply rooted in racing. Centered around four days of on-track racing, visitors to the Monterey peninsula are immersed in more car auctions, shows, rallies and the world’s premier Pebble Beach Con...
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