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

Family-heirloom Ford Speedster at Carmel Mission Classic

Stephanie Brower at the wheel of the 1914 Ford Model T Speedster built by her father, lost and found again | Bob Golfen photos
Stephanie Brower at the wheel of the 1914 Ford Model T Speedster built by her father, lost and found again | Bob Golfen photos

Stephanie Brower’s red-and-brass 1914 Ford Model T Speedster would be a sunny piece of car history even without its heartfelt back story. But it does have one, a moving tale that explains how she happens to possess a sporty little Model T that’s more than a century old.

This is Brower’s own antique flivver, and she drove it to show Wednesday at the Carmel Mission Classic, held at the historic San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission in Carmel, California, a laid-back respite during the hectic Monterey Car Week. Continue reading

Low and slow joins high and fast at Monterey Jet Center

| Nicole Ellan James photos
The Only 1 lowrider on display at the Monterey Jet Center during the McCall Motorworks Reunion | Nicole Ellan James photos

Monterey Car Week serves as annual homecoming celebration for collector car enthusiasts whether their interests involve the vast variety of classic cars, of vintage racing cars, of the latest in supercars or, as proven each year when Gordon McCall throws a party at the Monterey Jet Center, all of the above plus high-powered aircraft. Continue reading

Little cars are big fun at this Monterey Peninsula car show

Randy Carlson and his two-engine, dual-driver 1979 Honda Civic | Larry Edsall photos
Randy Carlson and his two-engine, dual-driver 1979 Honda Civic | Larry Edsall photos

The Little Car Show information sheet nestled between the windshield wiper and windshield simply identified the car as a 1979 Honda Civic.

But this was no ordinary ’79 Civic because it had not one but two windshields, and two seats and two steering wheels and even two engines.

Oh, and those seats faced in opposite directions. The car can be driven from either seat and either engine. Continue reading

What Larry likes at Worldwide’s 2017 Pacific Grove auction

George Barris customized Chevrolet Corvette among the cars on the Worldwide Auctions docket | Larry Edsall photos
George Barris customized Chevrolet Corvette among the cars on the Worldwide Auctions docket | Larry Edsall photos

The northernmost point on the Monterey Peninsula provide a spectacular vantage and includes the United States Coast Guard’s Point Pinos Lighthouse, the Pacific Grove Golf Links and, during Monterey Car Week 2017, the inaugural Worldwide Auctioneers’ classic car sale. Continue reading

Shelby’s Venice crew brings back GT350R as it was meant to be

The Original Venice Crew's Shelby GT350R at McCall Motorworks Revival at the Monterey Jet Center | Larry Edsall photos
The Original Venice Crew’s Shelby GT350R at McCall Motorworks Revival at the Monterey Jet Center | Larry Edsall photos

Back in 1964, Pete Brock designed several additional enhancements for the K-Code Ford Mustangs that Shelby American was racing as the 1965 GT350R. However, the demands of the racing season left little time to build very many of them. Thus only 36 of the 562 GT350s for 1965 carried the “R” designation and independent rear suspension.

Now, however, comes word that the Original Venice Crew — the earliest Shelby team was based in Venice, California — will build a limited run of 36 continuation cars incorporating Brock’s upgrades. The cars will be licensed by Carroll Shelby Licensing and the Ford Motor Company, according a news release. Continue reading

What Bob wants to take home from Russo and Steele in Monterey

Russo and Steele's colorful head honcho Drew Alcazar creates an 'action-packed' experience | Larry Edsall
Russo and Steele’s colorful head honcho Drew Alcazar creates an ‘action-packed’ experience | Larry Edsall

The high-energy Russo and Steele collector car auction launches its 17th annual Monterey sale Thursday with more than 200 cars crossing the block over three days in “what is undisputedly the most action-packed event anywhere on the Peninsula,” according to a company news release. Continue reading

Best of show? 1954 Maserati acclaimed best of the best

1954 Maserati A6GCS53 acclaimed best of concours champions from 2016 | Peninsula Classics photo by Adam Swords
1954 Maserati A6GCS/53 acclaimed best of concours champions from 2016 | Peninsula Classics photo by Adam Swords

The 1954 Maserati A6GCS/53 Berlinetta by Pinin Farina has been selected for the second Peninsula Classics Best of the Best award.

The car, part of the Destriero Collection from Monaco, took the honors as the best concours d’elegance-winning car from the 2016 collector car auto show season. Continue reading

Porsches reign but Ferrari wins at Carmel Concours

A fleet of Porsche 356 Speedsters attracts a crowd | Bob Golfen photos
A fleet of Porsche 356 Speedsters attracts a crowd | Bob Golfen photos

Porsches, Porsches everywhere. The booming popularity of nearly everybody’s favorite German sports car was powerfully evident Tuesday at the Concours on the Avenue in Carmel, California, an event considered to be the launch of Monterey Car Week.

Definitely the most-represented marque by far, Porsches packed the shady streets of the upscale burg – 911s by the score, including many intriguing customs and all-out race cars, plus an impressive collection of the earlier 356 models, with a gaggle of Speedsters, plenty of coupes and cabriolets, and an absolutely stunning 1951 356 coupe in dark maroon, a survivor from the early days of Porsche. Continue reading