2018 Monterey Car Week - The Week That Was.
I decided this year that I just couldn't do everything I wanted to and I didn't. I regret not getting to all the events but I didn't wear myself out so I guess it worked out. I apologize to those I didn't get to visit. the
I meant to go to the Worldwide Auction but got my days mixed up. I will check their site so I can include their overall sales. Just based on the preliminary reports it looks like the auctions had a very good year.
I drove too much, three round trips to the Monterey Peninsula - first for the Pre-Reunion, then for the Concours on the Avenue, and finally down on Thursday and home Sunday. At approximately 130 miles one way that's 780 miles in the old Luminati ('95 Lumina). There were a couple of hiccups but nothing fatal (the driver's window went down and then wouldn't come back up for a few hours, and the security system prevented the car from starting now and then).
Traffic as usual was terrible. On Thursday it took me about an hour and a half to go maybe four miles. I pity the locals and I hope all the money that comes into the area for the week plus helps.
Talking about the money there were survey takers at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion asking people, among other things, how much they planned on spending for the week. Good idea.
For the most part those driving exotic and collectible cars were respectful of other drivers and pedestrians. But there are always idiots. Unfortunately most of them seem to be driving exotic Italian cars. You all know who you are.
I have to give a big shout out to Karen and Barry Meguiar, my hosts for the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. They are two of the nicest people I have ever met. I am proud to plug their products, Meguiar's car care products, not only because they are nice people but because their stuff is the best.
It isn't too early to start making plans for next year.