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Old 08/17/2011, 06:04 PM   #1
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Concours on the Avenue, Carmel by the Sea

Well, as many of you know, this is Pebble Beach Week, Car head Nirvana. Many things to do this week in Monterey and Carmel by the Sea, Ca. , but one of my favorites is Showing our S code GT/CS at the Prestigious Concours on the Ave. in Carmel by the Sea. We were lucky enough to be selected to compete in the ‘63 to ‘72 Muscle Car class competing against a ‘73 Plymouth Cuda, 1970 Plymouth Super Bird with only 21 K original miles, beautifully restored 1969 Mach 1 S code, Olds 442 convertible, SS 396 Chevelle convertible., 69 Camaro SS, and a ‘63 Plymouth altered wheel base drag car with a 426 Max Wedge, which I think was in the wrong class.
After getting the car in place we quickly looked over the competition and said to ourselves, “Well, at least it is a beautiful day to show the car, We don’t have a chance with this competition for an award”. The judging started promptly at 11:00 am and went for several hours. It was foggy when we placed the car and within an hour the marine layer headed back out to sea and the sun shown trough making every car on the field look alive.
Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin, Jaguar, American made Iron, just to name a few were represented. Alfa Romeo, Maseratti, Etc. and best yet, it is the only Concours d’Elegance I know of free to the public to spectate.
About 3 PM, a show official approached me and my wife and said “I would like to introduce you to a couple of people”. He presented The Mayor of Carmel by the Sea and The Director of the Concours, who intern presented my wife Robinette and I with the 1st in Class award. It took me a moment to realize the Mayor said 1st in Class. I could not believe my ears, with the competition we were up against I didn’t think we had a chance.
All day we were flanked by spectators commenting on the GT/CS and how beautiful it was, looking at the photograph in the window, (same as my avatar) and stepping back again to look at the car, not believing it WAS the same car.
We have won several 1st in Class awards at other Venues, but this one for some reason meant the most to my wife and I.
Let’s get those cars out there and show them, for those working on them, finish them up, but don’t take short cuts to do so, and show people what we have. Mike
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