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The Drive to Big Sur

By: Anthony Jimenez

 

We started our journey by gathering at the bottom of the main entrance of WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca off hwy 68 for a drivers meeting following the Monterey Cars and Coffee event that morning.

It was a bright beautiful day as the cars started gathering around slowly to make what would become our caravan for the trip.

 

After everyone had showed up, we all gathered around for a group photo before we set out on our journey.

The road there was amazing, lots of sun and beautiful scenery a plenty (sorry no photo of that… I was driving).

 

Once there we did our best to park together in the same lot before you made our way to the Big Sur River Inn & Restaurant for a bit of brunch.

 

Once seated we were greeted by a friendly server how took our drink orders as conversations around the table began to strike up from all sides.

 

Aside from the long wait time the food was delicious and in large quantities.  I ordered the try tip sandwich and by the looks of things, this was going to be an adventure of its own, “sorry body”.

 

It was such a beautiful day we all decided to hang out just a little longer after the meal just to enjoy our afternoon and good company a little more.

 

Thanks to Dean and Monica for organizing this event and here’s to many more events like these in the future.

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PBSCC Photo Rally 2018

Photo Rally 2018

 

A tour of the back-roads of Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties

Saturday October 20, 2018

Join us for our annual rally event     A new look for this year’s rally.

 

In the past, the photo rally has featured written, turn-by-turn route instructions with a fist-full of photos to find along the way. To be competitive, teams had to drive the route slowly to locate each photo, sometimes too slowly for safety.

 

For this year’s event each team will be given several maps accompanied by route instructions that feature photos containing clues to each photo’s location. Teams then determine their own route to those locations. As in the past, the photos will be missing some information that teams need to gather as they locate each photo. In addition, there will be a timing element at Checkpoints along the route.

 

No special equipment is needed. Bring pens/pencils and a clock or watch. A clip board can be handy as well. The rally will finish at the Gizdich Ranch berry farm.

 

START:  We’ll meet at the parking lot next to the Nifty 50 Café at 1760 Fremont Blvd. (at Echo) in Seaside. Come early and have breakfast or coffee before the start.

 

RALLY FEE:  $20

 

TIME: Registration opens 9:30 a.m. Drivers meeting at 10 a.m. First Car Out at 11:01 a.m.

 

Please RSVP to Tim Errington and if you have additional questions please contact Tim.

Call or Text (831) 293-4570 or e-mail to tim@singmaster.com

 

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2018 Monterey Car Week on a Budget

2018 Monterey Car Week on a Budget

 

By: Joe Chuddy

 

It’s that time again when the classic car world focuses on the Monterey Peninsula for the biggest car event in the world. While other places have historic races, tours, auctions or a Concours D’ Elegance, the Monterey area has all these within the same nine days.  Historic Week begins with the Pre-Reunion Races on August 18 at Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca, and ends with the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance on Sunday, August 26.   While you can google on “Monterey Car Week” to get more detail on the 30 plus events during that week ranging up to $450 to watch, I’ll try to point out some fun events for free to $30.  One of the bargains is still to go the Pre-Reunion races, pay only $30 for paddock access and not have all the crowds.

 

On Tuesday, visit the Concours on the Avenue in Carmel. Come early to miss some of the crowds. That afternoon is the Classic Motorsports Kickoff Car Show and cruise in Pacific Grove.

Tuesday also is the start of the two day Automobilia Monterey, selling genuine original items at The Embassy Hotel in Seaside – $20.  Wednesday features the Little Car Show in Pacific Grove for cars under 1601cc. There is also a small car show, Prancing Ponies, by women owners of Italian and German exotics on Dolores in Carmel.

 

Thursday is the Pebble Beach Concours Tour starting at 9 AM.  My favorite place to see the cars is south on Hwy 1 as they tour and return from Big Sur. Thursday is also the start of the six auctions – most entry fees are $30.  Then, Thursday through Saturday has the Pebble Beach Auto Retro, a collection of automobilia, at the Inn at Spanish Bay. Free, enter through the Pacific Grove gate.  Friday is car show day with the free Pacific Grove Concours Auto Rally and Legends of the Autobahn and PCA Werks Reunion – free but $20 parking.

 

Saturday has the Concours D’Lemons at City Hall from 8 AM to 2 PM in Seaside where you may see anything from rusted out Pintos to an Aston Martin and everything in between – a real hoot!  Later that afternoon has a wine and cheese Ferrari event at the Barnyard in Carmel but you can see the cars for free.  You may also see an impromptu car show as you pass a hotel parking lot or see a group of Lamborghinis flying by.  So, enjoy!

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PBSCC’s Annual Pre-Car Week BBQ

By: Joe Chudy

Many thanks to Michael and Cathy Rippey and her family for having us enjoy the afternoon at their home!
“Yes, this is what I had for lunch, PLUS some appetizers before and luscious desserts afterward.  There goes the diet!”
Presentation of check to PBSCC by Cathy O’Brien and the  Monterey Ski and Social Club in honor of Bill O’Brien
Oh yes, there were desserts!
One of the pastry chefs in our fabulous group:
And then there were the cars.  Not a bad PBSCC Car Show!
And the Rippey’s Play House.  Everything you might want, but indoor plumbing, I heard! 😎
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Dinner Night at Fandango’s

By Sandi Miller.

The Pebble Beach Sports Car Club’s July event was dinner at Fandango’s restaurant in Pacific Grove.



31 club members enjoyed a full course dinner. We were able to choose from three entrees along with a delicious


salad and to top it off a scrumptious coffee/ice cream dessert, a good time was had by all.


Well done to Monica Nathan and Dean Craig for arranging this event!


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Le Mans Party 2018 Blog

Ladies and gentlemen Start Your Engines!!!

By: Marisa Martinez

Monica and Dean once again hosted the Le man’s party at their home on Saturday June 16th, 2018. Le Man international car race is held once a year in Le Mans France, for an exciting 24 hours.

 

An impromptu car show.

As we walked towards the house of our esteemed hosts we were treated to a small yet colorful  gathering of “good old fun” Machinery.

 

Nothing like the Red White and Blue.

 

A look from the other side.

 

Party goers were greeted at the front door with a sign that read “Race car enthusiast welcomed”!  Monica and Dean adorned their home with race car Le Mans race flags of winners from years ago.

 

The ominous entrance to our destination “just follow the yellow door”.

 

Greeted by some friends.

 

Adorned for the occasion.

 

Stories to be told.

 

The master chef of the festivities.

 

The other side of the story

Guest brought appetizers and drinks to share with everyone present. Monica prepared a delicious dinner buffet with a variety of salads, potatoes dishes, spätzle pasta, meats and assortments of sauces.  Delicious desserts were served and car race themed cupcakes.

Food and wine abound.

Le Mans party goers Locked in the excitement as they watched the 24hr. Le Man car race live on television.

The main event, and what a spectacle it was.

…Meanwhile in the other room… 

Guest could view the race from the game room or in the den room. Party goers rooted for their favorite teams and chatted about car projects and other interests.

The wall of “Memorabilia”.

 

Good times Good people.

Overall it was an exciting night for race car fans full of good people, good food, and good times. Once again thanks to Dean and Monica for putting this on, great  party guys.

 

One last look before we leave.

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Monterey Cars and Coffee at Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca May 12th

First off I want to thank everyone that came to this event. 317 cars!!! It’s because of you guys this continues to get bigger and bigger each time, lets keep it going!!

 

 

 

The morning started out quite gloomy with about as much fog as you would expect on these late spring mornings. We arrived at around 7:00 am to the venue with about as much excitement as any sane person could have at that hour on a Saturday morning, maybe a little more, I’m not sure the coffee hadn’t kicked in yet mind you, but never the less we were, at least in our heads, ready. As my wife and I prepared ourselves by dawning our cautionary vests, you know… because safety, we proceeded to our self-designated posts to help guide the cars into the venue as they arrived, because again… you know… professionalism and junk. As the volunteers from SCRAMP begin to percolate in slowly we begin to organize ourselves as best we could. At around 7:45 am when brain cells decide to finally wake up and get some coffee that I had previously consumed and hour and a half ago cars start showing up. For the first 10 to 15 minutes only 5 or 7 cars show up, it’s still cloudy at this point so no surprise there. It’s what happened at exactly 8:00 am that was just amazing.

 

 

 

 

It’s around this time that the clouds parted and the sky started to clear up that the show truly began. Suddenly it was wave after wave of 5  to 7 cars all arriving one by one.

 

 

 

 

As the hour progressed more and more showed up until finally the different car clubs started showing up in groups of 6-8 cars each.

 

 

 

 

By the time it was 9 we had a little over 300 cars show up. It was incredible just absolutely incredible.

 

 

 

 

Once again thank you so much to everyone that participated and helped out and we hope to see you all at the next one.

 

 

 

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Pebble Beach Sports Car Club Cambria Tour, 2018

Back in the ’60’s and ’70’s, one of the yearly events held by Pebble Beach Sports Car
Club was the Annual Sleeping Bag and Survival Tour. Not for the faint of heart, club
members ventured forth in various means of transportation, some sketchy while others
fairly roadworthy, packed with foods and means for fire, sleeping bags and pillows
stuffed in various nooks and crannies, with Tour leaders heading the pack to parts
unknown. Dirt roads or paved, it didn’t matter a whit as various destinations were
reached by nightfall. Some years it was Yosemite or the Sierras while others had us
closer to the Monterey Peninsula. One year it was Boonville near Mendocino for their
Boonville Festival complete with speaking in Boontling (a weird and special language
known only to the locals). No matter where everyone ended up, it was fun if your
version of fun involved sleeping on dirt and rocks, freezing your butts off, no showers for three days, toilets, like some of the cars, also sketchy, and food supplies running short
all the while us thinking that Donner Party group might have been on to something.

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In the late-’70’s, motorhomes became the norm.  So did hotel rooms.  And showers and real live flushing toilets.  And restaurants.  The Sleeping Bag and Survival Tour took on the look of an RV Park and those that braved it sleeping bag style looked askance at those living the Winnebago high life thinking how things had changed.  In the ’80’s, the Bags ceased to be and it was vans and RV’s.  Then the weekend died … or did it?

Fast forward to the present and overall PBSCC has become a kinder gentler club.  Our membership isn’t the competitive folks of yore but more so ones that like to enjoy their cars and also the people that own them.  Gone are the events such as the TSD and Monte Carlo Rallyes, the Autocrosses, our not-for-the-faint-of-heart Rallye “The Nacimiento Rallye” which if you never ran one, was really something.  An occasional Wine Tour has been held but the signature Rallyes have evolved into Tours with basic rallye instructions.

For 2018, the Tour had two clubs traveling on back-roads with about ten seconds of freeway, PBSCC and the Cypress MG Club.  Steve Kellogg planned this year’s Tour to Cambria and we left Carmel promptly at 10am.  We had eight cars ranging from a Mazda MX5, a couple of nice MG’s, a Jaguar and an Alfa, some late-model Mopar products, and an uber cool C3 Corvette.   Route instructions were easy to follow and well laid out.

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Heading down Carmel Valley Road, we twisted and turned navigating the roads leading us through shade trees, fields of cattle, and gorgeous wildflowers.

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Once we cleared the canyons of Carmel Valley, we entered US 101 south of Greenfield and almost immediately exited onto Jolon Rd. in King City for a splash of fuel.

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A brief stop for fuel and back on the roads to the Interlake areas (San Antonio/ Nacimiento Lakes) to our second stop at Rock ’n Robles Pizza for well-deserved human sustenance.

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After bellies were sated, we left the lunch stop and continued south, then west, on more backroads before ending up on Hwy 46 West to drop down to Hwy 1 just north of Cambria.  On this last section, we traveled past several world-class wineries with a few of us thinking this might just be a subject of yet another Tour.

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Our destination, Cambria Pines Lodge, was campus-style for rooms and we found ours really nice.  The room was clean with all the amenities and most, if not all, of the rooms had a fireplace.  Breakfast was part of the lodging and what was also nice was a lowered room price just for us Tour participants.  The staff was exceptionally nice and took excellent care of us.  Vicki Kellogg and I decided on an impromptu visit into Cambria
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proper for some sightseeing and shopping but the only way down was via a log staircase of about 257 steps all of which were down the backside of the mountain.

I found this somewhat cool; Vicki … not so much.  Shopping needs satisfied, we decided on an alternate route back up on the side of the main road.  About 100 feet into this decision, we both realized that death by automobile was imminent and after crossing the road and hightailing it over the guardrail (this is a mountain after all), found a path that was fairly safe.  Also of note was Vicki not having a clue what poison oak looks like and I pointed it out at every step thereby saving her a night of meeting Itchy McScratchy.  I found a really cool Porsche Can-Am poster (an original one, I think) at an Antique shop, bought it, and gave it to Dave that evening.

On our own for dinner that Friday evening, several ventured into Cambria while others stayed at Cambria Pines.  Quite noteworthy was the Lemon Merengue Pie at Linn’s in Cambria.
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Next morning, we enjoyed hotel breakfast and then headed on yet another Tour from Cambria up and over the rough and narrow Santa Rosa Rd. This road crossed Hwy 46 and most of the caravan continued south.
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Dave and I turned towards some wineries but apparently few open before 11 and being 9:45, that gave us opportunity to visit Templeton and then see a Gem Show at the Paso Robles Fairgrounds.  Looking at rocks (some were pretty cool) and other geological stuff can only occupy so much time so when we were done there, we met everyone at Firestone Brewery in South Paso Robles for lunch and libations.

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Afterwards, we got to tour PBSCC member, Jeff Sines’ wonderful collection of cars.  His “House on the Hill” with the fabulous garages full of automotive coolness was the highlight of the weekend.

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Steve also arranged a real-deal Santa Maria style BBQ.  Now if you haven’t a clue what this entails, think of marinated Tri-Tip, grilled chicken, fresh green beans, mashed potatoes, salad with fixin’s, garlic breads and butter, and finished with wonderful carrot (or chocolate if you were allergic to walnuts) cake.

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With the hotel bar just down the stairs, we were set for the evening.  Several of us stayed for the live music in the bar while others called it a night.

Sunday morning, we again met in front of Cambria Pines to determine routes for home. Several chose to drive the shortest route, up and over Hwy 46 to continue north on US 101 while a few others peeled off on Jolon Rd. to find the famed Nacimiento-Fergusson Rd. that pretzel’d its way down, down, and down the mountain before dumping it’s automotive contents onto Hwy 1.  Those that braved Nacimiento-Fergusson headed North and after stopping for a late lunch in Big Sur, arrived back on the Monterey Peninsula and home.

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In closing, what really struck me in a good way was how mannerly we caravanned.  No traveling at 90+ mph pissing off locals or leaving those behind in a cloud of dust … or oil … or coolant.  And as for the oil or coolant, Dave and I were the sweep car and behind the MGB and Alfa.  Puffs of smoke preceded lubrication smells and it was a toss-up on which car was the originator.  Our first fuel stop in King City solved the mystery … the Alfa won the OPEC award.  Dave also commented on how nice this Tour was as in years past, another marque club had a Tour and there were two groups, the Slow Guys and the Haul Butt Guys.  The Haul Butt’s did just that and while all ended up good for them, by the time the Slow’s got to the areas where the Butt’s had pissed off the locals, rocks were thrown in appreciation of their fine displays of speed and exuberance with several finding their marks.   Thankfully, PBSCC isn’t “That Group …”

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Monterey Cars and Coffee at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca March 10th

First I want to thank everyone that came to the cars and coffee event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca . We had about 255 cars on display that morning which is 110 cars more than last time!, and this is despite the forecast for rain. I also want to thank Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and SCRAMP for helping out with volunteers, free coffee, and putting out some burritos for breakfast that were available for purchase, thanks guys. Here are some pictures of the event and hope to see you all next time.

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