August has always been a very busy month
for Marie and me. It has a birthday, an
anniversary and the Monterey Historic Races
at Laguna Seca Raceway. Marie and I were
married in 1973, and in August of 1974 Steve
Earle organized the first Monterey Historic
event. After learning about the event we
decided to attend the next year. So in
August 1975 we attended our first Monterey
Historic Races, and we have gone every year
since with the exception of 1980. We would
leave work an hour early on Friday and be on
the road by 5pm. We always took our 1963
Ferrari and would drive up Highway 1 to
Monterey arriving by 11pm. We would go to
the Races on Saturday and Sunday.
We would leave at 3pm and drive home and would be at
work Monday morning. In the beginning we
stayed in a motel in Monterey. On the corner
there was a Denny’s with a Bar next to it.
After a few years we decided the Bar was not
the best place to park. So we found a Resort
Motel in Carmel on Carpenter and 2nd St. The
Motel was on the north side of Carmel next
to the Freeway, so traffic wasn’t bad.
We stayed in the same cottage for the
next 35 years until they closed in 2017 due
to a fire. Last year we found a great Best
Western Motel at the tip of Pacific Grove
that has a garage for each car.
Each year we would either take two cars or rent a car
so Marie would be able to shop in Carmel.
She would enjoy lunch
at her favorite French restaurant. Over the
years the shops in Carmel has become high
end art galleries, tee shirt shops, or gift
Over the years the Event has grown from a quaint
weekend of racing to the “over the top”
Motorsport Gathering it has now become. This
year there are 11 car shows, 4 car rallies,
6 auctions and numerous high dollar special
events, and of course the races at Laguna
Seca and the Pebble Beach Concours.
After a week in Monterey I guarantee you will come home
dead tired, dead broke and will have seen at
least one example of every exotic and
classic sportscar ever built.
We had two very enjoyable events in July. Thanks to Bob
Spellmire for “Trees and Trains” on July
14th. The 5th annual VMG Summer Picnic on
July 21st. Thanks to Rick and Jill Pullen,
Dave and Nancy Pullen and George and Kevin
Kershaw, Jenny Astrella and Matthew Kershaw..