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|Photo Galleries at Monterey: Concorso Italiano, Concours d'LeMons, and Mercedes-Benz at Pebble Beach|
|Written by Rich Truesdell|
|Monday, 16 August 2010 10:35|
From the worst of the worst at LeMons to a front-row seat for the multi-million dollar bidding on a 1954 Ferrari 375 MM Berlinetta
As mentioned in Saturday's blog, I'd spent Friday at Concorso Italiano. Instead of focusing on Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Maserati--three marques covered extensively elsewhere--I had my eye on the Alfa Romeos, Fiats, Lancias, Bizzarrinis, and some of the lesser-known marques on display (many of them, ironically, powered by Chevrolet).
On Saturday, I was all over the Monterey Peninsula. The day started with the craptastic Concours d'LeMons. A show in which the cars are known only for their infamy, this event is the antithesis of Pebble Beach. It's what you would expect: AMCs, Edsels, Pintos, and so much more. You really need to check out the gallery to see what I mean.
The next stop was Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. I spent several hours in the paddock admiring the historic race cars, especially the Trans Am and NASCAR stock cars from the Sixties and early Seventies--back when the cars really looked like vehicles you could buy in a local showroom. We're hoping to upload that album at the Automotive Traveler/Fotki Image Gallery later today.
I then headed over to Pebble Beach to pick up my press credentials for the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. While I was in the neighborhood (and while their display was just finishing its setup phase), I visited the Mercedes-Benz historic collection. The emphasis was on the 300 SL, but the model was surrounded by other historic automobiles, many from the Mercedes-Benz Classic Center in Irvine, California. Definitely a must-see exhibit for anyone at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
My day ended at the RM Auctions event in Monterey proper. Exhausted, I positioned myself to the left of the stage to grab my shots. The highlights? Seeing cars roll across the stage as the bids spun well into seven figures... and having one of the buyers sitting in the second row, bidding millions of dollars for a white 1954 Ferrari 375 MM Berlinetta. It was such a rush that I was afraid to raise my hand to scratch my ear for fear of pushing the bidding higher. It was ultimately gaveled at $4,620,000, one of 15 cars that sold for $1 million or more at the event.
My day at Pebble Beach yesterday was purposely short. Grab the best photos I can of the 200 cars on display, take some notes, and then head home to Temecula, about an eight-hour drive.
In the days to come, we'll be uploading photos from the Paddock at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the RM Auctions Saturday Night, and the 18th fairway at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. Check out the Automotive Traveler/Fotki Image Gallery throughout the week for updates.