by Mike –
Every year in mid-August after I return home from Monterey I think how much bigger, more expensive and more crowded Monterey Car Week has become; and how it starts earlier every year. It was once a weekend event and now it is a week long series of events. Every year I think “maybe we’ll will skip next year”.
But we go back; last year we brought two cars to The Quail, the year before we brought three cars to Concorso Italiano, the year before that two cars to Concorso Italiano, this year my wife and I drove the Iso Grifo (as every year for the past four years) the 80 miles to Monterey and took it to Concorso Italiano (only one car this year, the Bizzarrini stayed home).
If you were there and saw a red Iso Grifo driving around there is a very good chance it was us.
During the week I had an on going email dialog with my friend and fellow Bizzarrini lover, Ken Phillips, who lives in the Eastern part of the US and not 80 miles from Monterey like we do.
Below is a note from Ken Phillips,
I wish I was in Monterey. Every year way before Pebble Beach I think–“Been There Done That”– lots of times. Stop everything I am doing or supposed to be doing here. To and from airports here and there. Rental cars (of course I could just pick up my motorcycle that is kept there), strange places to eat and sleep. Massive effort to get from auction to auction and to Laguna Seca.
Having long cold motorcycle rides between Carmel and Hearst Castle. Loud, stinky old cars at the track. Terrible.
Wish I was there.
I love the people: old friends, new friends and total strangers. The great cars are great too.
This year I went to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance for the first time in a few years. I have stayed away because of the traffic and parking. I found a way to solve that problem. I have two friends who had cars at Pebble Beach this year and one of those cars was featured on a commemorative Pebble Beach jacket (the Porsche 901 Prototype) that I had to have so I went for the jacket and stayed for everything else.
We will be back next year. I am happy I was in Monterey. If you have never been then you must put it on your list of things to do.
You cannot do all of Monterey Car Week, there is limited time and so much to do and see. Enjoy what you are able to do and don’t worry about what you can’t get to. Plan ahead, decide what you really want to do and do it. Leave some things to chance – that can be fun too.
See you there soon I hope. Until then enjoy some of my photos in the slide show below.
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More photos from the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance are here.