From The Drivers Seat

 


 
 

 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 shops.
     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.. 
 
                      Ken Thomas

 

 

 

 

 

 

   


 

 


 

 

 
 

 

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