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Pebble Beach Parking Lots

Jim Yu August 27, 2012 Hooniverse Goes To... 20 Comments

On the way to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, your intrepid reporter got lost. Really lost. I ended up at The Inn at Spanish Bay’s parking lot. This upscale resort has rooms that start at the cost of two (2) LeMons racers per night and go way up from there. The parking lot’s inventory, as you can imagine, is extraordinary.

I confess that I am not overly drawn to modern supercars. In my nostalgia-addled mind, the last great supercars were the Ferrari F40, the Porsche 959, and the McLaren F1. But after being exposed to so many modern Ferraris and Lamborghinis over Monterey auto week, I have come to appreciate them more. For their exotica, for their technology, for their joie de vivre.

The semi-circular driveway at the Inn held the crown jewels. A Lexus LFA. A new Mercedes Gullwing. Many Ferraris and Bentleys. It’s got something fast for everyone, except the American muscle car fanatic.

16.4 equals 16 cylinders and four turbochargers. The engine bay is out of this world.

If you’re a true Hoon, your focus would be on that Mercedes W140 S600 V12. Now that’s class!

This champagne 1988 535i has been lowered and perhaps received the European bumper treatment. It looks sharp.

These Ferrari 550s can now be had for a “bargain” of $80,000. When new in the late 1990s, they MSRP’d for a quarter mil.

These Phantom Coupes were literally everywhere. I dig the suicide doors and am a bit taken aback by the monster’s sheer presence. The flat paint finish is intriguing.

These two Germans were parked right next to me. These were the last two cars I saw as I pulled away after a fantastic week.

After leaving the gated confines of Pebble Beach, I went to Monterey’s Del Monte mall to pick up my wife, who accompanied me for the ride to Monterey, but opted to watch a movie instead. This Alfa Romeo 164 belonging to a Macy’s shopper blew me away. The mall, by the way, hosted a small Cars & Coffee event the day prior.

Finally, I had to snap a picture of these two grey ladies. Though the new XF is not a successor to the XJ, its juxtaposition had to be documented. Too bad I couldn’t get the grey X-Type in the next aisle in the shot.

Images source: Copyright 2012 Hooniverse/Jim Yu

  • OA5599

    With a gazillion dollars' worth of exotic cars in that circle, which one left the biggest oil puddle behind? Part of the fun of taking one of these magnificent beasts to a fancy-shmantzy resort is soiling the parking lot to keep the pressure washer guy employed.

  • Number_Six

    Incredible how dorky the Ferrari 365 makes the Spyker look. And I'm a huge fan of the Captain Nemo themed Spyker.

    • Scandinavian Flick

      I had the same realization.

      "Mmmm, Spyker…"
      *looks a bit further left, then right again*

      • chrystlubitshi

        I do really like Spyker, for all the craziness/BEAUTIFUL interior.. (I couldn't believe how well it fit my 6'3" tall, wide, slightly over-weight (comfy, as I say) frame! it was just about perfect!) However, your comment makes me think of this, because you used the word and it is now stuck in my head (so I must share!!!)

        [youtube lKnl7HRHAwk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lKnl7HRHAwk youtube]

        Now that that is out of my system, yeah… all of the cars parked around it make me feel ashamed for liking the Spyker… (I like all of the other cars too…)

      • Number_Six

        Someone doesn't like our assessment – we're bleeding points over here!

        • Scandinavian Flick

          Did someone come through here and thumbs down everything…? Weird people, man. Have a thumb up.

          • Number_Six

            Speaking of points, did Tonyola reach 120 and then vanish with a suitcase of money? Guy hasn't been around for ages…

            • Scandinavian Flick

              Wow, seriously… It has been 11 weeks. Maybe that's what happens when you get that many points… you just vanish. Quick, start making shitty comments!!

              Lolz, you suxxor! Fruit basket!

              • jeepjeff

                For that crappy comment I gave you a thumbs down!

                EDIT: carp my mouse slippe.d When the black helicopters come for you at 120p, I'll think warm thoughts.

                • Scandinavian Flick

                  Nooooooo! You're going to make me disappear! 🙁

                  • Number_Six

                    Progresstitron 2000! Inimitable boll weevil!

    • I learned about the 365 Daytonas after having seen C3 Vettes and Zs galore. As such, they register as something else first, then I process them as a Daytona.

      • Number_Six

        I really like the Ferrari 456 and 550 (not in any sort of zomgbbqGongLi Daytona way but I think they are old school elegant). However, at a movie premiere years ago in Toronto, David Cronenberg drove up in a 456 and I overheard some lady say, "why is he driving a Mustang?" Then a few years after that I was with a buddy when I got all hot and bothered by a very shiny black 550. He says, "if you're going to buy a Ferrari why would you get one that looks like a Mustang?" Is that sort of what you're saying?

        • Some people are really blind.

          …but kinda. I love the looks, it's just that when I see one my brain goes "what year Z is tha….Oh!".

  • Scandinavian Flick

    To me, looking at modern supercars is on par with going to a strip club. It's entertaining, I'll drool over them for a while, but after some time I become more cognizant of the fact that I won't be taking that home with me to play with it later.

    So… eh.

    • Good analogy.

    • chrystlubitshi

      There are a couple of "clubs" around Indianapolis with some pretty good food…. I don't look up sometimes.. I swear…., honestly…. but the girls had nice legs…

      at the end of the day, you're right, it's "not coming home with me" (cough,, cough… unless something illegal happens.. cough)

      so yeah, I get the car analogy… not coming home with me unless something illegal happens….

  • Dean Bigglesworth

    Never noticed it before but the EB on one side and 16.4 on the other side of the Veyron engine kind of ruins the otherwise awesome symmetry..

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