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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.

 

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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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PBSCC FEBRUARY EVENT DEROSE WINERY CAR COLLECTION

On Saturday, 3 February, 22 members and guests met at 10 a.m. at the Prunetree Shopping Center in Prunedale for a tour of the DeRose Winery Car Collection.

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Ranging from a new Corvette to a ’66 MGB, the group departed at 10:30.  One member having a flat in the parking lot and their guests staying behind to help and catch up at the winery, the rest of the group headed north on Highway 101, turning on Highway 156 east.  From 156 the group then turned on to Union Road just outside of Hollister, and then onto Cienega Road.  After a scenic 7-mile drive we arrived at DeRose Winery.  After a quick tour of club member, Norm Mitchell’s shop, we proceeded to the car collection.

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Cars in the collection included Model T Fords, Grahams, Cadillacs, an MGTF and others.  The tour guide explained that everything was for sale, just some are REAL expensive!  We proceeded to the winery to sample wine, and afterwards some left to have lunch in San Juan Bautista and others went on to other wineries in the area.

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Off to Indianapolis for the SCCA runoffs Or What’s wrong with this *&%$# truck

Club member and racer Tom Tuttle invited me to attend the 2017 SCCA National Runoffs at Indianapolis Indiana. Tom had qualified for the Runoffs via the Majors Tour and needed my expertise on applying the proper torque to wheel studs and having the correct pressure in the tires. I decided to go east with the transporter and met Joe Carr at Huffaker Engineering at Sears Point for a 9:30 a.m. departure on Monday Sept. 18th.  We were in a 2017 Ram 1 ton diesel dully pulling a new 4-car stacker.

Finally departing at 10:30, delayed because the person who had the credit card for fuel decided to come to work late, we headed east on I80 planning on a late Wednesday arrival at Indy.  First fuel stop in Auburn, and about every 200 miles after that, the truck getting on average 6 mpg!

After a fuel and dinner stop in Winnemucca Nev. we continued east with the truck acting strange.  It started to buck and lurch and then smooth out.  Across the salt flats, through Salt Lake City and up the mountains east of SLC, bucking and lurching all the way.  Deciding to stop for the night in Green River Wyo. we learn that there are no vacancies anywhere.  So we catch a couple of hours sleeping in the truck. On the road again before sunup we continue east finally stopping at a dealership in Laramie.  We have to drop the trailer to get the truck into the dealership and they move us to the head of the line.  We walk across the road to a truck stop and get breakfast, I have a deja vu moment, I think Kathy, myself and Ole Anderson ate here on the way back from racing at Elkhart Lake Wis. several years ago.

Back at the dealership they find nothing wrong, but one of the sensors has an update so they did that. Joe gives them a $100 tip for moving us to the head of the line and after fueling up off we go.  Twenty miles down the road we are back to bucking and lurching! Calling ahead to Cheyenne the dealer there can’t even look at the truck until Thursday.  After explaining our situation of needing to be in Indianapolis by Friday at the latest they agree to take a quick look with the OBD reader when we get there.  Again we have to drop the trailer, the tire shop next door to the dealer allowing us to use their parking lot. After a quick scan that shows nothing wrong we are again told Thursday before they can get to it. Joe asked to speak to the owner and after waiting 15 minutes or so he is shown into the owner’s office.  Joe comes out and we are moved to the head of the line! Turns out the owner races dirt cars and Joe builds dirt car chassis at his shop. With two techs going over everything with laptops we decide to spend the night and are driven to a nice motel across town.  Our driver is retired State Police and points out places of interest.  Over there is the hotel where Doc Holiday slit a man’s throat.  That restaurant had a tunnel going under the street to the bar and bordello across the street so the upstanding citizens wouldn’t be seen entering.  That building was built by one of the railroad tycoons, etc.

After a good night sleep we return to the dealership and are informed they found nothing wrong.  As soon as the truck is shut down all the codes clear.  Ok, off we go.  Fourteen miles down the road it starts bucking and lurching.  We call the dealership and they say bring it back, and whatever we do don’t shut it off!  We head back and barely make it over the steep bridge crossing the rail yard it is bucking so bad. We pull into the dealers lot and they OBD scan the truck. Eureka! It throws a code and they know what’s wrong.  We are told if they don’t have the part in stock they will take it off one of the new trucks waiting to be sold so we can get to Indy on time.  Off we go, the truck running and even sounding better, even getting better fuel mileage all the way up to 6.3 mpg.  We drive until around 2 a.m. and stop at a Days Inn for the night.  I don’t have a clue where.

We arrive at Indianapolis on Thursday; go to registration only to find out that I am not on the crew list. The very nice lady at registration says if we can call Tom, the driver, she can add me to the list. Luckily Tom answers and everything is taken care of.  Off we go to the paddock area. Indy is very impressive; the size of the facility and the history, the famous drivers who have run there in Indy cars, NASCAR, and Formula 1 cars is over-whelming.  You enter the main road and turn into a narrow tunnel, which looks, too low and narrow for the trailer but we fit fine.  Joe and I spent the rest of the day unloading the trailer and putting everything into our garages that have been rented.  It is hot 97 degrees with 97% humidity and we can’t park close to the garage so unloading will take some time. They did have a golf cart pulling a small trailer that we could use for 45 minutes to help move things, and Michelle came by to get her tool box we had hauled for her and she had a cart and helped. After unloading everything but the cars and tires we were off to find a motel for the night, we had reservations at a hotel downtown but they didn’t start until Friday when everyone else flew in.

Tom flew in Friday afternoon and after getting him all registered we headed downtown to the hotel we will be at for the next 10 days. Checking in we walk down the block for a nice dinner, by the time we are done the rest of the gang have arrived, including club member Norm Mitchell.  While at the track on Friday I also ran into club members Allen Davis and Jennifer Bickett, both working SCCA tech.

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The next week is a blur.  Tom’s tranny breaks, so out comes the engine and tranny; the spare tranny is installed. Luckily Taylor Transmissions is over in Vendor Row so Norm and I go over and get a new output shaft to repair the broken tranny.  We have four cars all four running F production and two also running GTL (the difference is 100 pounds of weight added to the F cars for GTL). When Tom’s tranny broke he gets towed in and in doing so his splitter gets broken so that needs repaired.  After a trip to the hardware store it is repaired.  The replacement transmission is not working so out it comes and the newly repaired first tranny goes back in. Out Tom goes and comes in with a vibration, a bent drive shaft is found and a spare installed.  Tom goes out and comes back in, vibration still there, a loose steering rack is found, Tom out than back in steering real stiff, shim the pinch mounts for the rack, steering better.

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Everyone survives qualifying and the F production race is on Friday.  Joe Huffaker, Tom Tuttle, Bill O’Kell, and Ray Meister are all running.  As the race gets close to the end, Joe running second, when his tranny breaks on the last lap a few corners from the checker flag. Tom gets by Bill on the last corner and finishes a car length in front and Ray drives a nice trouble free race for his first runoffs finish.

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ALL THE CARS WITH NAMES ABOVE GARAGE

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Saturday no one runs so Norm and I hit the museum at the track and do a little souvenir shopping and then we start packing the trailer.

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Sunday just Joe Huffaker and Bill O’Kell are running GTL. Tom and Ray fly out which leaves myself and Chris who was Ray’s crewman to help Norm with Bill’s car which has been trouble free except for a bad starter.  The car starts fine for warm up but at first call to grid it won’t start, another bad starter.  With three of us working on it we have it changed out in just a couple of minutes and Bill makes his race. Both Joe and Bill finish, Joe P4 and Bill P12 (I think).  We finish loading the trailer with the cars and head back to the hotel for our last night in Indy. We have a nice relaxing dinner setting outside with a view of downtown and return to the hotel and say our good byes as everyone but Joe Carr and I are flying out at dark thirty Monday morning.

Joe and I return to the track Monday morning, hook up the trailer and head west. We got to see the country during the daylight that we traveled through in the night, along the way we got to drive through a lighting storm.  Lighting was first away and then right next to us. We stopped for the night somewhere in Nebraska and encountered snow the next morning. We were both ready to be home so we made it to Sparks Nev. Tuesday around 3 a.m.

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On the road the next morning and in Sonoma at noon on Wednesday.  I jumped in my truck and headed home after being gone for 17 days. A great road trip except for the truck problems.  It would have been nice to explore the city of Indianapolis more, but as they say in the funny papers, “been there, done that, got the t-shirt.