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Old August 19th, 2002, 11:05 PM   #1
Tom S.
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Back from the Monterey Weekend (long-winded ).

I'm just now recovering from the Marathon that the Monterey Weekend has become. In fact, several friends started with the Pre-Historics on August 10 and finished yesterday. Here are some personal notes.

Gordon McCall's Motorworks Revival the Wednesday before Pebble is the best private party given all weekend. This year he had several classic wooden power-boats to go along with the WW II fighter planes (Hawker Hurricane & P-51 Mustang), private jets and the F-14 parked in the center of buffet tables. Nothing like eating cheese & crackers with an air-to-air missle 2 feet above your head to help the 'ol diet! The cars on display came from the track, Christies auctions, concept cars and entrants for Pebble. No judging, so everyone is there to have a good time. Highlights included the 1959 Commer Ecurie Ecosse transporter with 2 Jag team racing cars aboard (from Bucks, England), the Torpedo (a 550 Maranello engined hot rod) and a sneak peek at the new Bentley GT coupe (absolutely stunning !) that will have it's first public showing at the Paris Auto Show next month.

Concorso Italiano has really improved and is getting bigger each year. Almost sensory overload, as I had about 350 Ferrari's of all description there. At least 6 550 Pininfarina Barchetta's (out of 448 made worldwide) were on the green with 34 360's in Spider and Modena configuration. The Porsche Corral was very good this year with many more 356 models than I remember in years past. Boxsters had their own row with one Strosek modified bright red example standing out. Had Anzio's (sp?) on the windschild. The interior sported more bright red color and a MOMO wheel. Highlight was a Ferrari 330 SP that won the Nurburgring 1000 klms in 1963 with Phil Hill as driver. It was the 1st successful mid-engined Ferrari sports car. In 1964, the car was retired and sold. The owner put the car literally in a barn and it didn't see the light of day until 2 months ago when it was sold to a Chicago collector. Total time warp and completely original including the blue cloth seat covers. The new owner intends to race it in the Shell Ferrari Classics series and keep it as is. Other interesting cars were the bright orange colored McLaren F-1 and the new Bugatti scheduled for introduction in 2003. Does 1001 hp get your attention!

I missed the Historics this year, but others on the board have given great impressions and pictures.

The Tour of Elegance for the entrants of the Pebble Beach Concours had a few hiccups (about 7 or 8 cars didn't finish) but Microsoft provided an interesting gimmick. As the cars ran a lap of Laguna (imagine being a passenger in a 7,000 lb Maybach phaeton cresting the hill and going down the Corkscrew... ) a digital picture was taken and then later presented to the entrant at the conclusion of the rally, complete with frame and plaque recording owners name.

Sunday's Pebble Beach Concours was fantastic. see link below for pictures from MSN website. Best of Show was between the sentimetal favorite JB Nethercutt's 1932 Maybach DS 8 Zeppelin Spohn Cabriolet and the one-off 1934 Voisin C-25 ETS Saliot Roadster. The Voisin won over sentimetality in a popular victory. Highlight was Jay Leno's monologue at the car raffle. The winner of the Mercedes SLK was not present, so Jay used the car's cell phone to call the number listed. The winner's mother answered and thought it was a prank call until Jay encouraged 15,000 spectators to yell "Hi Mom" into the phone.

Next year Bugatti takes center stage at the Historics & Pebble. It will have a more international flavor and I know friends are at work to re-unite the 6 Bugatti Royales again.

Photo's later in the week.

Tom S.


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