Gordon McCall's Motor works Revival is considered the big kick off to major festivities surrounding Monterey Car week and this year they certainly didn't disappoint. They had an awesome line up of GT40’s both old and new, a number of modern sports cars and some awesome jets and private air craft. Amongst awesome food flowing drinks and spectacular cars Shelby American unveiled the 50th Anniversary Daytona Coupe. Both the Aluminum and fiberglass models were on display. It was great to socialize with legends like Bob Bondurant, Peter Brock and Alan Grant who were all associated with Shelby and the Daytona Coupe.
On Thursday a number of cars lined up at the Baja Cantina for an informal car show and some good Mexican food. It was packed with a number of old, classic and new cars and bikes.
While on the streets in Carmel a parade of the cars for the Pebble Beach concourse lined the streets and had spectators in awe.
On Friday 14th August at Quail Lodge this year's themes included Long Tail Cars of Le Mans, Coach built Ferraris, and Iconic Pre-1965 Porsches. This year marked the 50th anniversary of the Shelby GT350 along with the Shelby Daytona Coupe and in uncharacteristic 80 degree weather, former late-night TV host Jay Leno arrived, leading a pack of historic Shelby GT Fords into the Quail under CHP escort. The Quail event is held in the lush setting of a golf course nestled against the Santa Lucia mountain range where you can sip champagne and wander amongst the cars or rest up at one of the gourmet food stations.
Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Shelby GT350 Mustang which was the featured marque. This year's reunion brought together a wide array of machinery from the annuals of racing history. There were lots of Can-Am racers and Porsches but the biggest part of the spectacle was the Shelby GT350. Great timing as Ford has now brought it back. Hillbank a Superformance Dealer had a large display of everything Superformance and Shelby in the vendor area. It was wonderful to have so many owners join the display on the weekend.
At the auctions a 1965 GT350 development Prototype lot 254 sold for $412,500 at the Sotheby’s auction on Friday August 14, 2015.
A Red 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Roadster sold for $1,210,000.00 at Sotheby’s making the top 10 sales list at number 8.
This was the 66th annual Pebble Beach Concours which as always pays homage to the past with prized collector cars displayed on the famed 18th fairways of Pebble Beach Golf Links. The Concours also debutes the latest new cars on the grass in the circle up front. This year there were a number of Mustangs on display. This 2015 best of Show was awared to a 1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A. Congratulations to the winners. We were surprised to see an original Shelby Daytona Coupe on display and it to took home a first place throphy.
In Class O-3: Postwar Racing 1st place was awarded to a 1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe belonging to Kazuo Maruyama from Japan. The Road & Track Trophy was awarded to a 1965 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 to John Atzbach from Redmond Washington.
Well that was the roundup of our spectacular week of car events in Monterey CA. Hope to see more of our customers next year.