Legends of the Autobahn Concours Moves to the Nicklaus Club Monterey for 2014

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The BMW Car Club of America, the Mercedes-Benz Club of America, and the Audi Club of North America have announced the new location of the annual Legends Of The Autobahn concours d’elegance.

On Friday, August 15, during the famed Pebble Beach Concours week, the largest club event on the Monterey peninsula will take place at the prestigious Nicklaus Club-Monterey in Monterey, California. The new venue will provide the growing event the much-needed room to expand — and it’s so close to Laguna Seca that you can hear the historic cars warming up!

In addition to an expanded display area, the Nicklaus Club Monterey, just off Route 68 west of the track, features extended parking and other facilities that make it an attractive venue.

Legends, once called “the best-kept secret on the peninsula” by automotive writers, is not a secret anymore. In 2013, the event reached capacity in terms of entries and shattered all previous attendance records.

New for 2014, Legends will offer an open class for non-BMW/Mercedes/Audi owners to display their German-made cars. There will be corral and judged categories for the three hosting German-marque car clubs, as well as the new open class. Membership in one of the three clubs is required to display a BMW, Mercedes or Audi.

At the Legends concours, you may encounter rare models, from historic Audi Group B rally cars to the BMW Z4 Zagato Roadster that debuted here. Mercedes-Benz fans have been treated to iconic Gullwing coupes and even a Rennsport transporter from the 1950s. You’ll find everything from factory-prepared specials to beautiful private cars lovingly buffed by their enthusiast owners.

In past years, marque clubs have displayed special cars, or selected a group of cars around a special theme. The 2014 theme is “Motorsports,” so you’re sure to see some legendary race cars on display!

For additional information and to register for the event, please visit www.legendsoftheautobahn.org.

Tony Piff

SCM Auctions Editor and Photographer

Tony has long trumpeted the virtues of collecting Japanese cars. His daily driver is a 1970 Toyota Hilux — the one with the turn signals on top of the fenders. His popular “Rising Sun” column keeps a pulse on the J-tin market.

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