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Celebrating beauty and power on the Monterey Peninsula

Written by maryp posted on Thursday, August 14th, 2008

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Beginning today, August 14-17 on the Monterey Peninsula, car aficionados from all over the world converge for the what is considered to be the greatest gathering of collector and classic cars from around the world. Some of the main events this weekend are the Concorso, The Event at Quail, the Monterey Historic Races, (at Laguna Seca), and of course the famous Concours de’ Elegance at Pebble Beach. If you have ever taken in some of these events, you understand the thrill of seeing, (and sometimes hearing), row after row of special, gorgeous vehicles in pristine condition. It is pure, unadulterated, sensory overload!

Various auction houses are displaying and selling this weekend also. That’s a fun event if you want to witness the excitement of people parting with some serious cash, and taking home that “special baby”. What else can you do, when you see something that you can’t live without!

If you are lucky enough to speak with someone who actually found a car, had it restored after many years of research and was eventually invited to Pebble Beach, you may see one of the biggest smiles ever! This is always really cool. Of course, it’s cool to see Jay Leno or Ralph Lauren there, but you already know their stories.

But, if you are thinking that you’d love to scour your local recycle yard for an old car body to restore, you might want to do it sooner rather than later. Due to the substantial increase in prices of metals, (and similar commodities), there are reports that entire salvage yard inventories are being liquidated at a much higher pace than usual! Who knows where this trend is going, and the effect for serious rebuilders, collectors, hot rodders, and even those who might just want a weekend project car.

It is sad to think that there may be some historic, diamond in the rough engines and bodies out there, (waiting to be re-born to former glory)! Or are they just going to be crushed, shipped to who-knows-where, only to come back as a ……..(this is the part where you get to use your imagination).

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