Monterey 2014 – Five Days of Automotive Porn – Day One

Wednesday

Little Cars, Big Deal

There are events at Monterey as early as Monday, but for those who don’t have a car that qualifies for the Quail Tour, your best bet is to arrive before noon Wednesday for the Little Car Show in Pacific Grove, free to the public. The name is quite literal, but while there is a specified upper displacement limit of about 1,500 cc, there were cars on display with up to 2,196 cc.

Among the prettiest cars on display was the Abarth Allemano Coupe below.

Abarth Allemano Coupe

Meyers Manxes

Above: This year there was an entire row of Meyers Manx dune buggies. Note the red flag with the Isle of Mann heraldic symbol. Some might have thought the show was for the birds (upper right).

Craig Vetter with YR-1 and Sigil

That Isle of Mann sigil was the inspiration for Craig Vetter’s Logo (inset left). Craig (above), his brother Bruce and your correspondent were at the University of Illinois in the late ’60s when he started his motorcycle fairing business. That’s his second fairing (with graphics by yours truly and Carroll Shelby) on my Yamaha YR-1 on the right. His aerodynamic studies have led to this all-day comfortable luxury motorcycle that only needs 16 horsepower to reach any legal speed.

Mini

Those familiar only with today’s Minis would be astonished by the dimensions and austerity of the original. This 1973 version has all of 37 horsepower.

Volkswagens, DKWs, Renault 2CVs, MGs, a couple of Bantams and their predecessor, the American Austin, Porsches, Fiats and Minis of course, and the marque conspicuous by its absence the last time I blogged about it, Alfa Romeo, all in a lovely setting with good food available on every side.

Alfa Jr Zagato

Ruth Ann Yager rolls onto the Little Car Show field in her sexy Alfa Junior Zagato. It seems the philosophy when Zagato designed it was that sports cars are for driving, not for parking.

To dive into the Monterey experience with one of the big events like the Concorso Italiano, the Tour d’Elegance, or – Oh my! – the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance itself way be a bit overwhelming for some. The Little Car Show in Pacific Grove, coming as it does before these three, is a perfect way to dip a toe in the water and mix with a smaller, more low-key crowd. If you still have not experienced this August ritual, you could do worse than start here. If the drive is short enough, you wouldn’t even have to book lodging.

 

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One Response to Monterey 2014 – Five Days of Automotive Porn – Day One

  1. RW says:

    Great concept: the antique ‘little’ cars.

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