Monterey Car Week is a truly wonderful thing. Tens of thousands of cars and enthusiasts from all walks of life descend upon the beautiful Monterey Peninsula to celebrate these four-wheeled methods of transportation that we all love. It’s the only time of year when traffic jams are gorgeous and old cars are allowed to park on world-class golf courses.
This was my second time in Monterey for some Car Week festivities and I wasn’t alone. Tim and Bradley were both wandering around the same place and we were all busy snapping photos of anything with a tail pipe. So for this weekend, enjoy some large [photo] dumps from the three of us.
For this one, it’s a plethora of German cars on golf courses (groundskeeper’s worst nightmare) between two shows: the Werks Reunion run by Porsche Club of America and the Legends of the Autobahn which hosted Audis, BMWs, and Mercedes-Benzes.
Enjoy! Or don’t. It’s a free internet after all.
This was my second time at Werks Reunion, a one-make show run by the Porsche Club of America. This show is still fairly new to the Monterey scene but it saw over 600 cars this year. Porsche used to be a part of the Legends of the Autobahn gathering until they decided they were too good for everyone else and made their own show. It’s a great place to see some wonderful Porsches, but you can only see the same cars for too long before you get bored. Later on I did jump to Legends of the Autobahn for my fix, but for now, enjoy my highlights from the Werks Reunion.
If you want to know what any of these cars are, just ask Bradley. He would know.
This thing looked stellar. Like a modern day Speedster.
This might be the first 904 I’ve seen.
A gorgeous new 911 GT3 RS that’s already on aftermarket wheels. It werks though… heh… get it? Werks? Sorry.
Oh man… this 917 was sick. Also a first for me.
You know it’s gonna be a good show when a 911 RS America is parked at the entrance.
ANOTHER RALLY PARSCH.
I don’t know what this it but it looked awesome. And dangerous. But mostly awesome.
This wins my coveted award for cleanest car. I think it’s a 356. I don’t actually know, I’ve just decided that any Porsche that looks like this is a 356 now.
This interior was also gorgeous.
My Personal Best in Show:
It’s a 911 GT1! This is the first one I’ve ever seen and it was gorgeous. A real piece of racing history sitting right before my eyes.
Legends of the Autobahn
After a few hours of looking at a bunch of cars with engines in the wrong place, my uncle and I got into his Parsch and went over to catch the end of Legends of the Autobahn. This place was infuriatingly difficult to get into because they’d rather you go all around Monterey for the “spectator entrance” then have two-way traffic through a gate 1/4 mile away from the golf course. But once you got in there were some great sights to be seen. And free beer.
LOTA didn’t have the same population as Werks did but the variety of cars was spot on. These are my LOTA highlights…
“Nothin much, just thinkin about some catastrophic electrical failure today. You?”
“Just burnin oil. You know, the usual.”
“I’m a real Corvette C6R! I promise! I’ve even got my scoring lights!”
The newest car here was also one of the most beautiful. AMG got this one right.
I think this one won best in show among the Audis, and rightfully so. This one was spotless and it was even German-spec.
Me like. I wouldn’t change a thing about this.
This pre-war Benz was so classy it made me feel like a peasant.
M3 Lightweight! Only 125 were built. It was authentic.
New BMW Concept M4 GTS. It looked mean but I’m really growing tired of the “frozen” paint they’re putting on these things.
BMW Z4 GTE wearing the prettiest livery in the company’s history.
This is an E9 after my heart.
I’m also assuming that every old Benz is a 300SL. My uncle recognized the owner as he was driving up to claim a concours prize. He had just finished restoring it himself and said it was valued at around $1.5 million. It was immaculate.
Another Mercedes-Benz after my heart.
2002 Touring! Another car you don’t see very often.
My Personal Best in Show:
This is Blumax, a 1970 BMW 2800CS. This car earned the designation of being the sixteenth E9 to roll off the line and it’s still in beautiful condition. It also has 424,000 miles on the odometer. A gentleman named Murray Fowler bought this car in 1972 and drove it pretty much everywhere while meticulously maintaining it throughout his journey. His wonderful journey unfortunately came to an end a few years ago at the age of 84, but his car carries on with an equally passionate owner who’s taking his place.
Up next from me, I spent the weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. 1,224 photos later, I’ve got a few dozen picked out for you.
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