Hi Pat,I'm done with CI, but for a different reason than those mentioned above.
My interest is in vintage Italian cars, not modern-day Lamborghinis, Ferraris, nor God-forbid, BMWs and Porsches (you see these on the streets in Monterey/Bay Area all throughout the week anyway), which CI proudly stuffs down my throat and charges me for it. I'm not into airplanes either, nor boats. I'm looking for a focused event, and it seems the Alameda show is it, with a much smaller crowd and non-commercial atmosphere to boot!
Couldn't have said it better myself and thank you for posting all those wonderful pictures from both the CI and vintage races!
A focused show is very important too IMHO, vintage Italian cars only. Although I do like vintage airplanes at focused events like the Reno Air races and such. I have nothing against the modern Italian exotica as well. Heck as you stated one can see these types of cars almost any day of the week at a show room or simply driving around, especially here in the SF Bay Area.