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Get ready for the aftershocks: Pebble Beach signals generational shift for classic car community

Get ready for the aftershocks: Pebble Beach signals generational shift for classic car community

Scientists didn’t report any earthquakes last week on the Monterey Peninsula, but a tectonic shift took place and the aftershocks will reverberate throughout the classic car community for the foreseeable future. The obvious evidence came Sunday when those oh-so-proper, every-nut-and-bolt-must-be-factory-original judges at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance awarded best-in-show accolades to a car built — […]

By August 22, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
Monterey magic: Passion, wonder for great classic cars

Monterey magic: Passion, wonder for great classic cars

I was following a low, curvaceous Maserati race car through the woods of Pebble Beach when a break in traffic allowed the driver to pick up the pace on the winding two-lane road. The bright-red sports racer echoed with an intoxicating roar as he stepped on the gas and shifted through the gears of the […]

By August 21, 2014 Read More →
A Ferrari rushes into uncharted territory

A Ferrari rushes into uncharted territory

Everything seemed pretty normal Sunday afternoon at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, until they announced the winner of Best of Show and the crowd knew that something momentous had just happened. This year, the judges’ choice for the top prize fell far afield from the convention established over decades, when you could pretty much count […]

By August 18, 2014 2 Comments Read More →
Steve McQueen magic boosts Ferrari auction

Steve McQueen magic boosts Ferrari auction

The Steve McQueen magic was working again Saturday night when a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 originally owned by the King of Cool hammered sold for a solid $9,250,000 at RM Auctions Monterey sale. That was just above RM’s pre-auction low estimate for the Ferrari coupe, plus the 10 percent auction fee on top of that. […]

By August 17, 2014 Read More →
Porsche faithful celebrate at Werks Reunion

Porsche faithful celebrate at Werks Reunion

Porsches are all over the Monterey Peninsula this week. One reason for that – beyond the booming popularity of 911s – was the inaugural Porsche Club of America Werks Reunion that took place Friday on a rolling golf course in Carmel. More than 500 Porsches, ranging from early 356 models to the latest performance cars, gathered […]

By August 16, 2014 Read More →
Ferrari 250 GTO reaches $38 million in sale at Bonhams

Ferrari 250 GTO reaches $38 million in sale at Bonhams

A 1962 Ferrari GTO Berlinetta became the highest-priced car ever sold at public auction Thursday as its price was bid to $34.65 million at Bonhams in Carmel, California. Including the buyer fee, the total for the GTO exceeds $38.1 million. Yet that winning bid was well below speculation that the holy grail of vintage racing […]

By August 15, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
Mercedes-Benz Classic debuts long-lost Streamliner

Mercedes-Benz Classic debuts long-lost Streamliner

The big silver streamlined car with the Mercedes-Benz star painted on its nose raised plenty of questions Thursday morning at the start of the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance. The main question: What is it? The car seemed obviously prewar with a competition style, but even veteran Mercedes-Benz collectors were stumped about its provenance. The Benz […]

By August 15, 2014 Read More →
It’s a small, fun world at Pacific Beach Little Car Show

It’s a small, fun world at Pacific Beach Little Car Show

Amid all the high-end automotive finery of Monterey Classic Car Week comes the Little Car Show, an unabashed celebration of the smallest, simplest and most-fun modes of transportation. The fifth annual Little Car Show in downtown Pacific Grove brought together nearly a hundred tiny cars and trucks with engines of 1,600cc or less for an […]

By August 14, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
My trip to Monterey for the greatest car week of the year

My trip to Monterey for the greatest car week of the year

And so the pilgrimage begins, the great movement of automotive humanity onto the small Monterey Peninsula that juts out from the midsection of coastal California. Hobbyists, dreamers, vintage racers, wealthy collectors, they all converge this week for the unparalleled multitude of classic car events that make up Monterey Classic Car Week, which builds like a […]

By August 11, 2014 1 Comment Read More →
My (for the weekend) Classic Car: Larry’s (well, actually his friend Jonathan’s) 1930 Ford Model A

My (for the weekend) Classic Car: Larry’s (well, actually his friend Jonathan’s) 1930 Ford Model A

‘Grandpa,” said Nick. “This is the best car I’ve ever driven.” I was about to point out that at age 12, Nick not only hadn’t driven this car, but any others for that matter. “You know how I can tell?” he asked, answering his question before I had a chance to respond. “I haven’t even […]