by Wallace Wyss
PUBLISHER'S NOTE: Anyone who has ever been to the Monterey Peninsula for "Car Week" can attest to the borderline insanity of attempting to take in all things automotive in such a brief period of time... and with a wife in tow! Really? Our intrepid west coast correspondent has done exactly that and here is his report. Apparently he is still married.
By the way, the views expressed in this story are Wallace's views, not necessarily those of the publisher, the magazine, or any government agency including the NSA.
Here’s my Monterey car report. There was a lot going on so I’m only going to hit the events I went to, looking at them with an artist’s eye so to speak.
I arrived in town Wednesday night and headed for the McCall aviation shindig. This is held at the Monterey airport and there are old planes (my favorite a polished P51 Mustang with little swastikas on the side for every German plane shot down), new Gulfstreams and other bizjets, and food, and beautiful ladies and usually some sort of super exotic car making its entrance on the US market. Last year it was Pagani, from Italy, this year it is a car from Sweden whose name I can’t spell , which I don’t find as attractive outside or as glitzy inside as the Pagani but it is getting great reviews as far as the driving. (which bring us to the philosophical question of: Should we like a car that's ugly if it still performs well?)
As far as art, there was none for sale there, though I would think some artist should set up shop there—as the crowd looked “monied” (I think it costs over $200 to get in). As far as photo ops, if you like cars and planes, it’s your show.
The next day Thursday I went to the parade through the streets of Carmel, getting a preview of some of the cars that will be in the Pebble Beach concours. The drivers are anxious their cars not be scuffed up on the trip but the judges wisely credit them with some points for going on the tour if they are chosen to win a class and even on points, the parade points count. If you ever wanted to depict an event like the Mille Miglia creation—this is it, the crowds, the cars, the glitz, I loved it and did I mention it’s free?
Your humble servant Wyss