Festivities and Finances at Monterey 2016

Invited my closest friends to join me at Pebble

This is coming to you from San Francisco International Airport, where I’m waiting to board my direct flight back to SCM World Headquarters in Portland.

My ride from Monterey to SFO was a 2017 Chevrolet Volt, and driving this high-tech hybrid was a vehicular sorbet — a refreshing and relaxing change from a week of carbon-monoxide-spewing vintage cars (I admit that if I could find a cologne that smelled like racing fuel I’d probably own it).

My Car Week started Read More

Monterey Car Week Auctions Total $345 Million — So Far

Gooding Cal Spyder

Preliminary results show that total sales at the big five Monterey Car Week Auctions — RM Sotheby’s, Gooding & Co., Russo and Steele, Bonhams and Mecum — are an estimated $345 million — well short of the $397 million total in 2015.

The highest sale totals during Monterey Car Week were in 2014, with $463,744,226 in total sales. In 2013 — just three years ago — total sales were $308 million.

At the same time, top-notch cars sold for serious Read More

2016 Pebble Beach Best of Show: 1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Cabriolet

Best of Show Confetti

Richard Mattei’s 1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Cabriolet is on top of the collector car world.

Mattei’s Lancia won Best of Show at the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 21. This was the first time Mattei entered a car at Pebble Beach.

“I was just happy to be an entrant at Pebble Beach — and now to get an award, and not just one, but three!”

This year’s Pebble Beach Concours has 228 cars from 16 countries and Read More