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Pebble in Perspective: A Photographic Retrospective

Its been almost two weeks since the 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K was crowned the King of All Cars. We have taken the last two weeks to reflect and digest all things Monterey. It was a hectic but productive five days on the Peninsula. Turtle Garage fit one hundred pounds into a five pound bag. On the auction front, we attended RM, Gooding, Bonhams, and Mecum. Through some good connections and friends, we were able to secure tickets to most key events including the Quail. From a meal perspective we did it all! We had breakfast with Wayne Carini prior to picking up his Concours d’ Lemons ride from Dodi’s auto sales in Monterey.We had lunch in Carmel at Le Bicyclette. We had dinner at Stillwater at the Lodge. We watched the tour depart. We attended the seminars. We went to Concours d’ Lemons. We even made it to Dawn Patrol. Of course we also attended the grand finale at Pebble on Sunday. It was a full week!

What follows is a photographic journal of a hectic but fulfilling five days in Monterey. Each photo tells a story and we have added captions.

Arrival on Thursday night at Eric Keller’s EAG’s dinner party with Regan Clark (left) and Alec Cartio (center)

The Tour departure

Some of the most rare and spectacular 300SL’s were on display and were driven on the tour

This rare Pierce Arrow was a head turner

A prior Pebble Beach winning Packard

Its a Duesy

Vintage electric cars were a big hit at Monterey this year.

The winged lady was a popular ornament

The tour departs

Dinner at Stillwater—the best view at Pebble Beach

The Mecum auction was lively and full of bidders

The Bonham’s auction was very well attended and results were spectacular

Luckily my connections with SCM and others helped gain access to all the venues

The Quail was loaded with gorgeous pre-war cars

More from the Quail

The Singer booth was popular

Mercedes-Benz through the years

Arriving at Dodi’s used car sales

Wayne and Julie with her “Lemon Dress”

Dodi welcomed Wayne with open arms…and cheese

The main office of Dodi’s car sales

Concours d’ Lemons made it easy to find what you were looking for!

The energy at Lemons was palpable

More great signs

and more….

A mint condition Pinto with period correct plates

Miles Collier and Rupert Banner gave a great lecture on collecting with Donald Osbourne moderating

The Gooding McLaren F1 was the star of the auction block

RM sold a lot of pre-war cars at huge prices—that market appears strong!

Dawn Patrol

Dawn Patrol is a great way to see cars before they get on the field

A Bugatti at Dawn Patrol

The totally original Mozart Packard—the star of the preservation class

The new Countach on display at Pebble

An incredible Packard Twin Six from Audrain

The big yellow Duesy

Mark Hyman in the Figoni et Falaschi Delahaye

Ferrari with dip door

The Collier Porsche 917 race car

Gulf livery

The Simeone Porsche race car

The Mozart Packard Twelve

The Cadillac Eldorado

Spectacular Ferrari race car

A totally original unrestored 300SL Gullwing

The show winner! 1938 Mercedes-Benz 540K was best of show

The crowd at Pebble




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One Response to Pebble in Perspective: A Photographic Retrospective

  1. Bernard Picchi September 7, 2021 at 12:17 pm #

    Wow! Philip, these gorgeous photos made me salivate! Good work – almost (but not quite) like being there. Thank you, my friend.