Every year for the past twenty years or so (except last year) I have spend almost a full week, Car Week, in Monterey, California. This year I've changed my schedule to down and back on a few different days. I am being selective about what I take in mostly because the last time I did a whole week I just about wore myself out. This year I decided my first outing would be the Monterey Pre-Reunion at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.
The Pre-Reunion is, as the name implies, before the Rolex Monterey Mostorsports Reunion. Some see it as a lesser event, and there are fewer entrants (but more than 300), but the action is just as exciting and fulfilling.
On the way to the track I passed a local Cars & Coffee at Chili's in Seaside, CA. So I made a quick u-turn and had a look. Here's some pics I took.
|There were two early Celicas, this is one. I don't know what the engine is but it sounded darn healthy when the owner fired it up.|
|Nice looking 120 Series Volvo. |
|This Alfa Romeo Montreal didn't seem to be part of the show as it was off to the side. It looked like it had its original paint. |
|Cute 2-door Ford (Vicky?) and a late '40s Ford with a hot rodded flattie.|
|'36 Ford Coupe with a bit of a tail-dragger stance.|
|There's always gotta be a Bug.|
|A trio of Porsches. The 356 looked all original.|
And then it was out to the track.
|A.J. Foyt's '65 Indy car.|
|'35 Ford tastefully modified. |
|'65 Mustang GT Coupe|
|Sometimes old race cars were pretty basic. This is the front suspension of the Cooper-Porsche, aka Pooper.|
|The engine has been turned 180 degrees and the rear suspension is as basic as the front.|
|Ferrari 250 GT|
|Mercedes CLK-GTR. Historic is relative isn't it?|
|1962 Cooper Monaco w/3.0-liter Ferrari V8.|
|1940 Ford pickup with a supercharged Cadillac V8.|
|Nice, clean, modified T-Bird. You can't see it in the pic but it has 'lake pipes.'|
|Another Dekon Monza. |
|The number 19 University of Pittsburgh Camaro was one of most recognized and well known non-factory cars to compete during the heyday of the Trans-Am era. That's my kind of university!|
|Daimler SP250 with 2.5-liter, Hemi V8.|
|I didn't see any identification of this car. Interesting supercharged flathead 4-cylinder.|
|Sorrell-Larkin SR-200, a recreation.|
|Ford Escort w/Twin Cam Lotus engine.|
|1962 Santee Roadster with 215 cid Buick aluminum V8.|
|Ford Anglia w/modified Kent engine.|
|Siata 208S w/2.0-liter Fiat 8V.|
|I had a '65 Coupe and this is what I was aiming for but never finished.|
|'34 Ford Coupe, chopped w/Flattie|
|1930 Bucciali TAV La Marie Torpedo Type Cannes, 4-wheel independent suspension, and FWD.|
|Bizzarrini 5300 GT. 5.3-liter (327 c.i.d.) Chevrolet V8|
My videos are not very good but here's one just to give you an idea of what it's likelAll in all it was a very good day. As usual although the coast is often cool just a few miles inland it warms up and the sun is intense. I highly recommend attending next years Pre-Reunion. It's fun and it's less expensive than the Motorsports Reunion.
One funny little side note: Around 11:15 a.m. I was hungry so I lined up at one of the food vendors that looked interesting. I wasn't alone, I guess a few others got up early. A lady taking orders said, "This line is for meat only. Anything else is the other line." Now I was going to get a hot link, which to my mind is meat. But when I ordered she said "This line is only for meat. You need the other line." Maybe the hot link was a soy dog?