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Car Enthusiasts and the Monterey Peninsula 2012

Monterey Peninsula, CA – Big Bear Lake, CA, August 22, 2012 – The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion attracted over 30,000 spectators and is crowned as it is the biggest and best vintage event of the year attracting over 550 race cars.  In celebration of Carroll Shelby’s life the Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca managed to attract greatest gathering of Cobras for a once in a lifetime thrilling race.  Tom Sakai of Big Bear City in one of the GT classes finished 13th scoring the second fastest Sunbeam Tiger time. Ray Bowling of Big Bear showed two rare Bizzarrini’s at the Quail Automobile Lifestyle Gathering. The Concorso Italiano attracted thousands to experience “the good life” and everything in Italian motoring on the Laguna Seca Golf Ranch. As entertaining as any car show are the many auctions highlighted by a record 230 million in total sales.  Mecum’s high sale was a Porsche 917 at 5.8 million. Gooding was the top dog with a Mercedes and Ferrari each individually selling for over 11 million. RM sold the GT40 camera car from movie Le Mans for a record 10 million. Russo and Steele brought in over 8 million in sales averaging $56,000 per car.  Experts say that people continue to invest in collector cars as hedge against most other investments.  As they say right now a Ford Mustang GT is a lot more rewarding than Ford...

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This Weeks Car Events on the Monterey Peninsula is an Attainable Automobile Treat

Monterey, CA, August 14, 2012 – For most car enthusiasts there are only a few bucket list events that one can realistically attend, perhaps  Daytona or Indy but for everyone who lives on the West Coast this weeks car events on the Monterey peninsula is an attainable automobile treat.  With so many great car shows, races and auctions crammed into a few days it may be hard to pick your passion.   Historic car races at Mazda Laguna Seca raceway, this year featuring Shelby cars and appearances by Peter Brock and Bob Bondurant. There are new and concept car unveilings, included this year is a special Carroll Shelby tribute car.  The ticket for Quail Lodge car show on Friday will cost you more than your first set of wheels. The Concorso de Italiano is the best collection of Italian eye candy on the planet combined with food to match.  The Legends of the Autobahn, a newer event, shows off the best in classic German cars.  Then each evening automobile auctions can be found all around the Monterey peninsula where watching is as much fun as bidding.  But the one event that is the catalyst for the entire week is the Concourse d’ Elegance on Sunday where hundreds of the best antique and classic cars face off for the “Best of Show” title.  Check our Motor Sports page for links to...

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Big Bear Rolls with Monterey Peninsula Auto Week

Monterey CA, August 22, 2011 8:00 am:   The results from the Monterey Peninsula for Big Bear were impressive in more ways than one.   The Concourse Italiano was well attended and the presentation and setting at the Laguna Seca Golf Ranch was better than any previous year.  The cars were the best collection of Italian cars found anywhere perhaps outside Italy.  Besides such names as Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati one of the brand marks that attracted a lot of attention was the Fiat Abarth of Sam Cabiglio of Big Bear City.   Sam, who is a renowned sports car collector, exotic car dealer and Porsche expert along with his son Gianni spent most of the day delightfully describing their small Italian gem.   If the day was not long enough, later that afternoon Sam was called upon to help verify the authenticity of the serial number of a very rare and valuable 1973 Porsche 911 Carrera RS.  This perticular RS serial number was questioned in an on-line chat room prior to it’s possible sale at the RM auction.  High drama is created when hundreds of thousands of dollars are hanging on such verifications.  In a weird twist a very similar 911 RS was being auctioned the next night at Russo and Steele and then with several helpers in tow, Cabiglio was able to get access and compare the serial numbers appearances.  As the...

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