Porsche Werks Reunion brings out the best from Stuttgart

The Werks Reunion brought together a major crowd of Porsche enthusiasts | Bob Golfen photos
The Werks Reunion brought together a major crowd of Porsche enthusiasts | Bob Golfen photos

Plenty of pretty Porsches crowded into the Corral de Tierra Country Club on the Monterey Peninsula for the fourth annual Porsche Werks Reunion, but few had the originality or the credibility of Jim Kinker’s bright-red 1969 911E Targa.

The Targa looked to be in excellent condition, as did many of the restored older 911s. But Kinker’s 911 has a key difference: it is an absolutely factory-original car from its glossy-red paint to its unmarred interior and its engine parts. If any car deserves the compliment of “time warp,” this one is it. Continue reading

Nothing mythological about this car but its name

Retired firefighter Kris Hall designed and built The Daedalus, which was showcased at The Quail | Larry Edsall photos
Retired firefighter Kris Hall designed and built The Daedalus, which was showcased at The Quail | Larry Edsall photos

The luxury, exotic and supercar builders were well-represented Friday at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering in Carmel Valley, California. Among them, Ken Okuyama, Jaguar Special Vehicles, Koenigsegg, Rimac, Bugatti, Rolls-Royce, Pagani, Lamborghini and Singer had their displays, and the show field included a flock of Ferraris. Oh, and there also were Kris Hall and The Daedalus.

Kris who and the what?

You know, Kris Hall, the retired firefighter from Sacramento. Continue reading

Worldwide helps shift Monterey auction sales into higher gear

1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 was bid to $1.3 million but fell short of its reserve price at Worldwide sale | Larry Edsall photos
1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 was bid to $1.3 million but fell short of its reserve price at Worldwide sale | Larry Edsall photos

Things certainly picked up Thursday at the collector car auctions that are a big part of Monterey Car Week, and the sales should shift into high gear Friday with Bonhams staging its auction and RM Sotheby’s and Gooding & Company starting their two-day sales.

The auctions are monitored by personnel from Hagerty, the collector car insurance and valuation-tracking company, which reports that sell-through rate, average price and media price are all up compared with 2017 totals. Continue reading

Thousands crowd into Carmel for Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance

A 1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost lead an  Aston Martin and Jaguar into Carmel-by-the Sea | Bob Golfen photos
A 1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost leads an Aston Martin and Jaguar into Carmel-by-the Sea | Bob Golfen photos

Once a year, the picturesque and upscale village of Carmel-by-the-Sea becomes the absolute center of the known universe for collector car folks, and their friends, families and dogs. Usually a sleepy little burg where local folks and tourists come downtown to eat and shop, that all changes on the Thursday that the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance rolls into town.

The Pebble Tour, as it’s known, is the best deal on the Monterey Peninsula during car week, when most of the exceptional vintage cars from the greatest concours in America drive onto Ocean Avenue and park while the drivers and passengers stop for their catered lunch. Continue reading

Andy’s picks at RM Sotheby’s 2017 Monterey auction

The Ferrari Daytona known as the 'Harrah Hot Rod' is among Andy's favorites at RM Sotheby's auction in Monterey | Andy Reid photos
The Ferrari Daytona known as the ‘Harrah Hot Rod’ is among Andy’s favorites at RM Sotheby’s auction in Monterey | Andy Reid photos

RM Sotheby’s auction consistently has been the place to buy the finest cars on offer during Monterey car week and this year is no exception. There are so many extraordinary cars at the Portolo hotel & spa in downtown Monterey that it is difficult to even take it all in. Continue reading

Museums: O.J. Bronco on display at Alcatraz East

The infamous O.J. Bronco is on display and has not been sold | Alcatraz East Crime Museum photo
The infamous O.J. Bronco is on display and has not been sold | Alcatraz East Crime Museum photo

This may have been the most unusual car-related news release ever sent by a museum — and it didn’t even come from a car museum!

“Recent news headlines have stirred rumors of O.J. Simpson’s famous white Bronco being sold on an episode of the show Pawn Stars, the news release began. “While the rumors swirl, the Bronco remains on display at the Alcatraz East Crime Museum. Continue reading

What Larry likes at Gooding’s 2017 Monterey auction

A 1928 Mercedes-Benz S-type heads a line of cars heading to the block at Gooding & Co. sale | Larry Edsall photos
1928 Mercedes-Benz S-type heads line of cars heading to the block at Gooding & Co. | Larry Edsall photos

When my father was a child, his mother took in a pair of young immigrant brothers who needed a home. Sure, my dad’s family already was large, but his mom figured there was always room for one — or two — more, so the young Greeks were enfolded.

At some point, the brothers either opened or bought a soda fountain and candy store. Continue reading

Andy’s picks at Bonhams’ 2017 Monterey auction

This Ferrari 288 GTO is among the cars Andy would love to take home from Bonhams' sale at The Quail
This Ferrari 288 GTO is among the cars Andy would love to take home from Bonhams’ sale at The Quail

I remember my first trip to Monterey Car Week in 2001, and going to the Bonhams auction and discovering a variety of cars at various price points, everything from full classics and classic sports cars to wonderous supercars and race cars. Continue reading

Monterey auctions expected to shift into higher gear today

Mecum got things started Wednesday, but there's much more to come | Larry Edsall photos
Mecum got things started Wednesday, but there’s much more to come | Larry Edsall photos

The annual August angst of collector car auctions taking place on the Monterey Peninsula have begun, albeit to a very slow start.

Hagerty, the collector car insurance and valuation-tracking company, supplies us with daily reports on the auction action. Continue reading

Prancing Ponies make their Monterey debut

Prancing Ponies Ferrari and BMW | Nicole Ellan James photos
Prancing Ponies Ferrari and BMW | Nicole Ellan James photos

The Prancing Ponies Car Show, an inaugural event held during Monterey Car Week in Carmel-by-the-Sea, was created by women for women and featured many female owners presenting their vintage and exotic cars. Continue reading