Monterey Auto Week: Concours on the Avenue and Automobilia


Monterey Auto Week started this Tuesday, and Hooniverse was there. As we approached Monterey, it was clear we were in car country. I mean, how often does a British racing green Bentley 4 1/2 litre blow past you on the highway?

Come take a gander at what we saw!

Our first stop was Concours on the Avenue in quaint little Carmel. The houses there do not have addresses; they just have names. And here is a mini traffic jam at the Carmel exit.


We parked our car in a residential neighborhood and walked about six blocks to the show. It seemed like every other house had a 560SEC in the driveway. But these two cars really popped out. The Rolls-Royce Corniche convertible was the Bugatti Veyron of 1980s Orange County, where I was raised. I remember seeing obscenely rich, big haired rock stars in Newport Beach, driving triple cream Corniches with the top down as a kid.


This 1948 Tucker was yet another randomly parked car.


The cars on display were beyond clean. I dare you to find a 2013 showroom model with an engine that is as clean as this Aston Martin DB6’s.


We met up with Stu_Rock at the show. He remarked that this 959 with its very unique exterior color was probably not at Canepa when we visited it earlier this summer.


This Nash Rambler wagon had me scratching my head. How did the front wheels turn?


I’m not a big fan of hot rods, but this was one of my favorite cars at the event.


Here is an Oakland-built Gatto with a Ferrari engine.




This 993 Speedster, which is not a factory original, is an incredible conversion.


This Fiat 2300 S Abarth Coupe is a big car.


Incredibly loud Ford GT40 for our resident GT lover.


Here are four California Highway Patrol motorcycles. A discussion came up– how many state highway patrols have motorcycles in their fleets? You will notice that three of these are BMWs. One is a Kawasaki. In fact, the Kawasaki is quite rare, as it is one of only 50 in the CHP’s inventory.


This Ferrari was found at the bottom of a lake and resurrected. The new owner took a few liberties and added these tail fins, among other atrocities.


Rear end of a Porsche Carrera GTS.


An Israeli Sabra.


Two Toyota 2000 GTs. The red one had a mashed up aluminum hammer in the trunk.



A couple of American muscle racing cars.



A lace covered 911.


There were a few Dannenhauer & Stauss Porsche look-alikes.



At around one p.m., we were starving and walked back to our cars. We were headed to Phil’s Fish Market for a feast of New England clam chowder, deep fried artichoke hearts, broiled halibut, and cheap house wine. We were talking about my next car and came upon this Lexus IS300 wagon, which is one of the potential candidates.


But ultimately, what is at the top of my list is a Signal Red C320 wagon, which is similar to this coupe.


After lunch, I was ready to pass out. But we had to go to Automobilia in nearby Seaside, at the Embassy Suites hotel ballroom. If you want a helmet signed by the entire 2012 F1 starting grid (plus King Bernie), a shop manual for an Aston Martin V8, or a BMW Z1 sales brochure, this is the place to be. There are 44 vendors from around the world represented here. I come here every year and always end up buying something I never knew existed.

But first, the parking lot. Check out this Quattroporte III with Italian plates. It attracted a small crowd, for obvious reasons.


And look at the size of this Aston DB7.


After making three laps around the ballroom, I ended up with this book, Maserati: The Road Cars, 1981-1997. I can’t wait to read it.


Images source: Jim Yu

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14 responses to “Monterey Auto Week: Concours on the Avenue and Automobilia”

  1. ˏ♂ˊ mzs zsm msz esq Avatar
    ˏ♂ˊ mzs zsm msz esq

    Did you leave a card saying you want to buy the IS under a wiper?

    1. Maxichamp Avatar

      Nah, I'm still holding out hope that my friend's friend will sell his to me.

  2. stigshift Avatar

    This post is full of grade A car porn, as usual. But how can anyone not lust after that lead image of a Ferrari 400? I love that car, as long as it's a stick.

    1. Maxichamp Avatar

      That's why it was on top, my friend.

      1. monkey_tennis Avatar

        The only false note on that beauty is the 'Cavallino Rampante' shields on the flanks: Surely the best part of driving a 400 is that most people do not recognise that it is a Ferrari?

  3. Van_Sarockin Avatar

    Bellisima! Now, about that Quattroporte…

  4. john365 Avatar

    The Porsche Carrera GTS too wears italian period plates.

  5. mdharrell Avatar

    Regrettably my own Monterey week ended on Thursday afternoon just north of Eugene, Oregon:
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    Only 300 miles into the trip, the Freeway's exhaust came apart and took a few other things with it. No Concours d'LeMons for me this year.

    1. chrystlubitshi Avatar

      Sorry to hear about the troubles; but… a roll-back? no friends with mini-trucks available? I have a feeling that tow cost way more than it should have.

      1. skitter Avatar

        This gives me a new idea for ride-sharing.

      2. mdharrell Avatar

        The tow was okay. The guy just took me into town to the nearest U-Haul where I rented a truck and motorcycle trailer to bring it back home.
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        I didn't even have to claim it was a '74 Bug.

        1. chrystlubitshi Avatar

          okay good, that looks more like what I expected. Good luck!

  6. Jay_Ramey Avatar

    What is UP with that Aston DB7???
    Is that a 3/4 scale mockup?

  7. Mad_Hungarian Avatar

    The answer to the question how did the front wheels turn on the Nash Rambler wagon is "not very much." The skirted front fenders gave it a very poor turning radius. When AMC reintroduced this car in 1958 as the American, they rounded out the wheel openings and fixed that problem.

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