Category archives: News

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

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