Aug 29, 20161270 views

Monterey Car Week 2016 - Cars on streets (Part 2/5)

As a petrolhead, Monterey Car Week is a week worth of car related events like no other. Including the one that just wrapped up a week ago, I've been attending Monterey Car Week annually for four years so far. Figured I'd share some of my pictures from the week along with some thoughts.

Cars on streets Seeing interesting cars of great historical significance in car shows during the week is pretty much a given. But one thing that makes Monterey Car Week particularly special is a number of rare unicorns you stumble upon just walking along streets of surrounding Monterey and Carmel area. Here are a couple especially noteworthy ones I saw over the week.

Porsche 550 A Le Mans

Porsche 997.2 GT3 RS, 991 GT3, and a Toyota FJ

EMG's Porsche 991 GT3 RS in Paint-To-Sample Gelbgrün

Ferrari Daytona

Aston Martin DB4 GT

Lotus Exige S

BMW M1 casually parked outside of a hole-in-the-wall restaurant in the neighbourhood

Alfa Romeo Disco Volante by Touring also parked outside of a local family restaurant

Aston Martin One-77

DDE's incredibly loud fire spitting Liberty Walk widebody Ferrari 458 parked on the street before the accident

9 privately owned Bugatti Veyrons in all sorts of variants. Bonkers.



Porsche 991 Turbo S with Porsche Motorsport 991 GT3 Cup body conversion

Porsche 991 GT3 with Porsche Motorsport 991 GT3 Cup body conversion

McLaren P1

Ben Sloss' F12 tdf


Michdtael Fux's F12 tdf at the Quail parking

Bruce Canepa's Porsche 959 with Canepa Generation III tuning
Lino Emmenegger, livingspeedbump, and 40 others

If I have any of these cars at the end of my life (or an equivalent value) I can die happy.
If I had to choose, I'd take the 959. With the M1 as a close second.
good cars wonderful photography, enjoy it!
After selling my 1967 Bizzarrini Strada I bought a 2015 Corvette Stingray Z51 and a 2015 Mercedes Benz CLS 400. I also have a 1991 Alfa Romeo Spider with 30,000 miles. The Stingray priced below a Boxer S is much faster, has incredible handling and superior brakes ( on the par with a Porsche 911 Carrera). Whenever I drive it I get compliments for its looks and style. A Porsche in a Mall parking lot is barely recognizable. What you stated is true and I appreciate fine engineering as reflected by buying the CLS, style and form is difficult to master and the Italian automotive designers are top. The Alfa Spider when compared to earlier Porsches like the 356 had her disc brakes when the Porche had drums. I get similar compliments for its looks and style by men and women alike. An older Porsche 911 on looks blends in with ordinary cars.
I realize that people have different taste but personally I would not consider buying a Porsche, Audi and any of the Japanese cars because it would reflect on my taste. I would not be caught dead owning a boxy Jeep, any SUVs or trucks.
I appreciate you patience but I think it is important to have this discussion between petrol heads.
Nick Tomljanovich
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can't argue this. i was honestly contemplating on my next car once my lease is up. and a strong contender after driving the CTS, is the ATS-V. i liked the confy seats a lot. i used to have a 2000 mustang cobra svt. it was fast and sounded glorious, but the fit and finish was a joke. car felt like it was going to disintegrate on the highway. interior was the worst i've ever experienced on a premium car. i never looked at american cars again after that. but recently, cadillac has been getting my attention. i was seriously surprised at the overall design and features of the car. The price not so much since german brands offer more prestige and japanese cars at over $50k offer unprecendented reliability and resale value. But nevertheless i think i will be test driving a lot more different brands the next time i shop for a car. You never know until you get behind the wheel.
"You never know until you get behind the wheel."
Certainly. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to test drive quite a few very different cars on amazing roads throughout the week in Monterey. And I came away surprised on several occasions learning aspects about certain cars that I did not know that I'd appreciate.
What is the point of taking photos of Porsches? You see them once and they all look the same. 1965 and 2016 are nearly identical. Totally overpriced and esthetically ugly!!
That's some fighting words.
Despite a rather evolutionary approach to the aesthetic design philosophy, I think there are unquestionably a lot of appeal in its nuance. Beyond the appearance, the intricacy of the mechanical engineering as well as the performance and handling of the cars are incredibly respectable vs. competition. They are certainly considered as one of the best sportscar manufacturers​ in the b​usiness.
Why do you think Porsche cars are overpriced? Any examples you care to share?
i'm trying my best not to insult you here........... why do you think it's overpriced? porsche has spent the last century perfecting a rear engine, rear wheel drive sports car. they are the only ones in the world to do it for that long and actually be good at it. one of the few supercars that can be daily driven unlike garage queens (ahem ferrari, lambo etc). i drove a boxter S for 2 months back in the early 2000s. even if it was a lousy 220hp engine and the cheapest porsche, it still handled like a dream. i can only imagine what a 911 would feel like. Ask any car enthusiast and i doubt there would be any porsche haters. As far as design goes, i think it's timeless. they don't need to re-invent the wheel here. they have a classy design, they just evolve from it. look at all benzes, audis, beemers, they all have the same basic design philosophy for the past century as well. It's more about the prestige and brand recognition when it comes to these vehicles.
If you don't mind me asking, what exactly are you driving at this moment?
It was my first time stopping by the Werks reunions to admire some Porsches, and although there were many nice cars, I was a bit surprised at what I didn't see. There was only one 918 and Carerra GT. There was no 959 or 997 GT3 RS 4.0, even though I know there are several in the Bay Area. Very few 993 turbos and RS Americas, and not as many 996s and 997s as I expected to see either. I guess I should have been at the Quail. What there were a lot of were Cayman GT4s. You'd never guess they were hard to get and commanded prices well over MSRP.
I've heard great thing about the Werks Reunion. It's one of the events I've been wanting to check out, just unfortuante that it conflicts with the Quail.
Sounds like I had a very different experience this year compares to what you saw. I came across several Carrera GTs in most of the auction previews that I went, it defintely seems like there's a wave of collectors offloading their CGT. Both Bruce Canepa and Mike Schein ( were roaming around Carmel during the week in 959s. Also saw the air cool unicorn 993 Turbo S along Carmel Valley Road. Although now thinking about it, don't think I saw any RS 4.0...
What other events did you go this year by the way?
Really beautiful pictures! Plenty of wallpaper material here.
Kinda disappointing only 9 Bugatti Veyrons showed up this year...