Monterey Car Week; Ferrari Club Concours 2015
Monterey Car Week usually ends with the Concours d’Elegance on Sunday. This year (Aug, 2015) we extended our time in northern California to attend the 2015 Ferrari Club of America (FCA) National Meet which started immediately after Pebble Beach. The Meet was hosted by the FCA’s Pacific Region, a great group of folks. The highlight was the Ferrari Club Concours.
Very early Monday we met our car hauler at the Nicklaus Club in Monterey, a private membership country club. The venue was quite beautiful; a Spanish architecture clubhouse, 18-hole golf course, and southern California style residences. The Club was a convenient few miles from the Hyatt Monterey, ground zero for the FCA Meet.
This event had some logistical problems; IT issues with ticket purchases, insufficient parking, and lack of space for the haulers to park and unload. Something I did not understand; spectators were not allowed to purchase tickets at the event, only pre-purchased tickets by FCA members were allowed. Several vendors we spoke with were unhappy with the Concours as they had so little foot traffic. It was never crowded, and there was plenty of room for more cars on the field, though they had stopped taking car registrations for ‘lack of room’. Regardless, we thoroughly enjoyed the cars and being with our Ferrari brethren.
The Ferraris that attended were surprisingly good, a nice mix of vintage to new, and speciales. Mr. AutoBlonde was judging, which he enjoys and at which he is quite proficient. However it does turn a long day into a very long day. In spite of the poor logistics on the registration end we did have a grand time with our Ferrari friends, and visiting with Ferrari Club members from other regions and countries. A shout out to Phillip and the gang in the Ferrari Club of New Zealand, what a fun bunch they were all week!!
Pictures from the FCA Concours