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Pebble Beach Refutes the Decline of the West

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LOL at the title.

I had a similar feeling attending car week in Monterey with the finale of the Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance on Sunday (emceed by car fanatic Jay Leno). Dan Neil of the Wall Street Journal (the only automotive journalist to win a Pulitzer Prize) estimated that over $9 billion of auto value was on display in Monterey last week. (At Saturday’s Concorso Italiano, there were over 1,000 Ferraris, Lamborghinis, Maseratis, and Alfa Romeos on display, virtually all of them six-figure cars due to their rarity.  Of course, about 100 members of the Porsche Club also crashed that event and parked on the show lawn….ahh, those German car enthusiasts….)

It’s been said that Monterey should be on every car buff’s “bucket list,” and that is absolutely spot-on.  About the only complaint I have is that there are so many great things going on at once — from auctions to automakers’ exhibits to antique racing to press tours — that it’s virtually impossible to take it all in.  For example, I spent most of Friday at the spectacular Quail Lodge show and missed all but a few minutes of the Porsche reunion, which was the largest gathering of Stuttgart’s finest in many years. So, I may have to return to Monterey next year! (The sacrifices some journalists make to get a story….)