MONTEREY CAR WEEK 2018: THE PADDOCK!

Monterey Car Week 2018: The Paddock!
The pulsating paddock is the heart of WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Its function is to create an adrenaline-rush by pumping fossil-fuel-burning machinery into an 11-turn, 2.238-mile arterial adventure. When functioning properly, factory race teams and privateers are able to “live life” in the way we were all meant to – behind the wheels of rare, expensive, and sometimes dangerous racecars, blogs photojournalist Jim Palam.Exploring the paddock is one of my favorite things to do during Monterey...
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MONTEREY CAR WEEK 2018: THE QUAIL!

MONTEREY CAR WEEK 2018: THE QUAIL!
The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering is not your average 16-year-old. Yes, the swagger is there but it’s less arrogant, more confident. And if she exhibits any aggressive behavior it’s in the way she is determined to please all within her intoxicating embrace, blogs photojournalist Jim Palam. So how did I get so lucky to gather here in the manicured splendor of the Quail Lodge & Golf Course in Carmel, floating among the magnificent motorcars, bounteous buffets and beautiful people? Ah yes, I ...
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MONTEREY CAR WEEK 2018, PT. I: THE HAMMER!

MONTEREY CAR WEEK 2018, PT. I
I came. I saw. I need a drink, blogs photojournalist Jim Palam, after spending five days of auto immersion on the Monterey Peninsula. There’s no doubt that if you’re a Car Guy you must experience this high-octane week of automotive achievement, competition, celebration and extravagance. But be forewarned: bring comfortable shoes, lots of money, plenty of energy and a lot of patience. If you’re lucky, you’ll make it through Day One with enthusiasm intact for Day Two. Welcome to MONTEREY CAR WEEK...
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CCBCCS 2018: BRITISH STYLE MEETS CALIFORNIA COOL!

CCBCCS 2018: BRITISH STYLE MEETS CALIFORNIA COOL!
Nobody covers a British car show like a British car owner. That’s why we sent Jim Palam, our man on California’s Central Coast, to bring back the best of the Brits for our followers. There’s a cheeky joke that goes “Q: Know why the British don't make computers? A: They couldn't figure out how to make them leak oil!” As the owner of a vintage British sports car I’m not at all offended by oleaginous humor. For every drop of oil lost on the highway and driveway, I’ve found buckets of joy behind th...
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SANTA BARBARA, CA: STATE STREET NATIONALS!

SANTA BARBARA, CA: STATE STREET NATIONALS!
Jim Palam blogs about THE ‘Premier Car Show’ that showcases spectacular cars that are driven, and displayed to help raise money for local area non-profits and charities. One of the appeals of a local car show is that many of the participants drive their show cars to the event. In my mind that’s “Bonus Points” and the best way to go! These ’Driven-to’ exhibitions are by the people and for the people. Gone are the velvet perimeter ropes, untouchable prototypes, catered lunches and shiny teeth cel...
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TWO-WHEEL CONCOURS: QUAIL MOTORCYCLE GATHERING!

TWO-WHEEL CONCOURS: QUAIL MOTORCYCLE GATHERING!
Our Jim Palam joins the motorcycle cognoscenti at the Quail to take in some of the ‘best of the best’ bikes on the west coast. The air was crisp and excitement levels high as I grabbed my camera and joined thousands of motorcycle aficionados on the manicured grounds of the Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel, CA. I’d been here before but each year at The Motorcycle Gathering brings new surprises – as enthusiasts from around the world come together to celebrate the history and future of all th...
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CLASSIC AUTO SHOW: MOTORS & MYSTERY IN LA!

CLASSIC AUTO SHOW: MOTORS & MYSTERY IN LA!
The ‘Mystery’ is the mysterious Mysterion and Mike Brewer’s two different shoes, reason enough to keep checking the latest at http://CarGuyChronicles.com , blogs Jim Palam. Taking inspiration from the UK’s Classic Motor Show, the US Classic Auto Show was promoted as “The largest three-day indoor classic car show in the U.S.” My hopes were high as I escalated to the second floor of the LA Convention Center and got a friendly wave from Wayne Carini, star of Chasing Classic Cars. This was the seco...
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MONTECITO MOTOR CLASSIC: LESS IS MORE!

MONTECITO MOTOR CLASSIC: LESS IS MORE!
The Montecito Motor Classic is not a big car show – but it is a great show, blogs our West Coast photojournalist, Jim Palam. What better way to salute Ferrari than a lineup of fabulous Ferrari Classics on Coast Village Road – starting with Ron Hein's sexy and swift '62 250 SWB. There's the beauty of its coastal location in magnificent Montecito, CA, the allure of featured marques like this year's salute to Ferrari and Camaro, and its relaxed style and pace – perhaps best represented by its hon...
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CAR GUY NIRVANA: MONTEREY CAR WEEK 2017!

CAR GUY NIRVANA: MONTEREY CAR WEEK 2017
Jim Palam, our man on the West Coast, dug in to deliver a dozen delights from his five-day crusade to capture some of the gusto and glory of Monterey Madness. For the uninitiated it's simply overwhelming: An endless smorgasbord of mighty and majestic machines, fabulous fashion and sensory extravagance. It’s enticingly spread out along the Monterey Peninsula and yours to consume if your pockets are deep and your energy level high. When I wasn't thinking Monterey Car Week is a smorgasbord I was t...
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WILD-EYED & REVVED-UP: RODS AND ROSES!

It's become a tradition: The High Noon Engine Rev at the Rods & Roses Car Show in Carpinteria, CA. The show celebrated its 20 Anniversary on July 1st – and the roar of the engines this year was a loud salute to local automotive legend, Andy Granetelli. There were over 150 wicked, wonderful and wild-eyed customs, classics and musclecars lining Linden Avenue, Carpinteria's main thoroughfare that delivers you to the "World's Safest Beach" on the Pacific. Proceeds from this always-enjoyable sho...
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