Speed ​​meets style in Monterey at the Concours d’Elegance

The Concours d’Elegance celebrated its 71st meeting, but the value of the weeks events is more than just cars. They are auctions, gatherings of friends and car races.

MONTEREY, Calif. — The Concours d’Elegance celebrated its 71st meeting, but the weeks of motoring events are about more than just cars. They are auctions, gatherings of friends and car races.

This year at WeatherTech Raceway, Laguna Seca, the Rolex Motorsports reunion honored the 100th anniversary of Lemans and fans were not disappointed. The collection of racing cars that had been at Lemans was said to be the largest that most had ever seen.

We found San Diegan Don Anderson, who was doing some racing since 1982, “I’ve been racing since 1975, I have an SCCA license which I still hold.”

Anderson drives a 1964 Bobsy Porsche with the help of his wife. “My wife Karen and I do everything in the car. She’s the crew chief.

Laguna Seca is 11 laps… the most famous is the corkscrew according to Don. “You jump off this thing and you jump on top of it and you try to land in the same place.

The beauty of the meeting is the wide spectrum of racing cars… from vintage to modern and you get right in the middle of the 4 day action.

Slowing down is the Concorso Italiano, and as the name implies, it’s all about Italian. Whether it’s a new or old Fiat… Ferrari… and I mean lots of Ferraris, Maserati… Lamborghini… Bizzarini, there are plenty of Italian cars to see!

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George Alspaugh brought his Alfa Romeo from San Diego. “This is a 1947 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500Ss. It is one of 383 cars that Alfa Romeo built over a period of 20 years.” Alfa Romeo built the chassis and engine, George says the bodies were custom built. “And they would send them to coachbuilders to design and assemble the bodies. They are all aluminum bodies that are hand-built to customer specifications. :”

The Alpha ranked first in its class.

There was so much to see when it came for no charge. German brands were well represented at Legends of the Autobahn with Mecedes Benz…a grand Gullwing to a classic Mercedes Benz 4-door sedan. Vintage convertibles and modern AUDIs, and there were plenty of BMWs in a rainbow of colors.

For the Porsche lover, it was all about Werks. This group runs a tight ship, everything had a purpose and a place.

But a new show for me was Prancing Ponies… “Creating female leaders, one girl at a time.”

“We pay low-income women to attend workshops and webinars to improve their lives. We also provide a stipend to ensure they are full on days off to improve their lives.” About 10,000 attended

A record $469 million was sold at multiple auctions during the week and Gooding & Co had some of the best.

Sunday was the Concours d’Elegance at Pebble Beach. This is where the best cars in the world wait to show their stuff. Also celebrating 100 years of Lemans the show was spectacular.

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Starting the pitch on grass for the fourth time was San Diegan’s Jonathan Segal. “We are looking at a 1953 Fura Maserati A6GCS Spider.” Segal not only shows that he is coming to win. “We have won 3 times, we are Stuarts of the Maserati brand, we have 4 Maserati.

And this Maserati is as rare as it is attractive, says Segal. “They did 60 race cars and 60 road cars and 2 intermediates. This is one of only 2 intermediates in the whole world.”

On the lawn, wherever you look, there’s automotive royalty… from racing to luxury and all the best in the world. These cars are now in a different class, they have been on the lawn of Pebble Beach for the Concours d’Elegance.

How did Jonathan do? Second in the postwar touring class, but he looks like a winner to me.

The Concurs d’Elgance at Pebble Beach raised more than $2.6 million for charity, with all of the money being shared on the Monterey Peninsula.

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