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post #1 of 54 (permalink) Old 06-09-2006, 03:42 PM Thread Starter
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Planning the Monterey Week

Hi all,

This is an attempt to get better insights and help each other with planning and enjoying the upcoming Monterey week. There are already a couple of threats in the regional sections but I think it makes sense to put our collective wisdom under one threat.

Of course, this attempt is also egoistic in nature since it will be my first time participating in more than just the Pebble Beach concours Here is what I am interested in particular:

Which events are the "must see" ones?
Did I miss any events? Which day is the best to go to the races?

Then there are the auctions. From your experience, which ones are worth seeing for entertainment value (I assume that you better check the consignment lists if you want to buy a particular car):
  • Christie's - 8/17
  • Bonhams - 8/18
  • Kruse - 8/18
  • RM - 8/18, 8/19
  • Russo and Steele - 8/18, 8/19
  • Gooding - 8/20

The most important question I have is: What are the fun inofficial events? I am looking for:
  • Rides and car togethers
  • Fun and funky breakfast, lunch, dinner places with parking lots full of cool classics
  • Anything else that is a "must"

Lastly, is the Alfa crowd here planning on a get together up there at some point? If not, maybe something to think about?

By the way, I booked the Martine Inn, supposingly a fun little B&B, owned by an avid MG collector and full of crazy car people. I also plan to bring the Junior Z and put it in the Concorso.

So, all of your collective input will be appreciated,

Mike

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Here is what I usually do:

Thursday afternoon go to the auctions and pre inspect cars and dinner on Cannery Row

Friday Concorso Italiano during the day and then hit Christie's auction. After that, cruise over to wharf and have dinner and visit RM Auction

Saturday - Monterey Historics during the day. Dinner in Carmel Saturday night followed by some walking around on Ocean Avenue. Finish off the night at RM auction and then hit up a bar/club in downtown Monterey

Sunday - Pebble Beach or Monterey Historics or go home after breakfast.

Food:

Cannery Row - Trattoria Paradiso
Wharf - Abolonetti's
Carmel - Il Forniao

***make your dinner reservations now***
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Hi Mike!! One other event that we really like is the Pacific Grove Concours Auto Rally. This is on friday afternoon (after Concourso Italiano). Pacific Grove is between Monterey and Carmel on the coast. They block off the entire Main St. for the car show, then all of the cars do a tour of the 17 mile drive, up Lighthouse Ave in Carmel, north on PCH, thru Canery Row and back to Pacific Grove for a big bar-b-que! Also, you get to run every stop light along the route! Really fun!

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What kinda cars would qualify for this show/rally? I live close by and I should know better, but I generally hit the race track, and go home after that.

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Most any interresting car will do!

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Also have to add "Grandma's Kitchen" in Seaside for inexpensive, home cooked breakfasts! We should set up a BBbreakfast one day of the weekend!!

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Wednesday has the Jet Center Party by McCall, and then Thurs morning is the Pebble Beach Tour, which is exciting because it's the first time many of the recent restorations are shown. The cars end up parked on the main drag in Carmel which totally plugs up with people.

After the Historic Races, the Ferrari Club usually rents Laguna for a couple of days.

I'm fishing for new Restaurant ideas, esp some of the more obscure places in Carmel. I highly recommend the following, which are harder to find out about:

da Giovannis (If Sergio Pininfarina eats here, it must be good, heh)
West of Ocean Ave. on Lincoln
between 5th and 6th
http://www.dagiovannis.com/

SUSHI HEAVEN (A must for fusion sushi fans)
( 831 ) 625 - 2067
DOLORES BETWEEN 7TH,CARMEL,CA
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So who is going to the concorso and historics this year? What car will you be taking?

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I'm registered at Friday's Concorso Italiano...

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I'm registered at Friday's Concorso Italiano...

Sorry I won't get to see your car's Concorso debut. It should be a hit, even with its non originale pieces ... or probably because of them.

Hope you and the other SNO members have a great time. My car will be visiting in the old neighborhood about a week later, if all goes well.

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I'm all signed up ot bring the '70 1600 S, IF it gets thru customs etc. in time!

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I'm all signed up ot bring the '70 1600 S, IF it gets thru customs etc. in time!
If not, which car is your "backup"?
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Possibly the '67 GTV. Do you know how long I should expect customs to take?
The cars are arriving Port Hueneme on 8/10.

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Possibly the '67 GTV. Do you know how long I should expect customs to take?
The cars are arriving Port Hueneme on 8/10.
When we get shipments, they usually clear customs in a matter of a few days, never more than a week. All our stuff docs at San Pedro and they are super busy there. By going to Port Hueneme, you should get them a little quicker.
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