Referred to as "Classic Car Week", this is the week that Carmel-by-the-Sea pretty much becomes all about some of the most fantastic cars in the world. For example, today Ocean Avenue, the main street of our story book town was closed for the annual Pebble Beach Tour d' Elegance. This is where practically all of Sunday's entries in the Pebble Beach Concours d' Elegance at Pebble Beach will take a drive around the Monterey Peninsula and end up parking on Ocean Avenue in Carmel-by-the-Sea while its owners take in a lavish luncheon at Devendorf Park.
This is the best bargain of this week's mostly VERY expensive festivities where one can see these incredible cars for FREE. And people flock to Carmel-by-the-Sea to do so. And they can watch these million-dollar-and-more cars roar!
And, of course, my real estate brokerage office is right there in the middle of town. Yes, this brings thousands of people with deep pockets to our area, people who will hopefully fall in love not only with the cars that they see - yes, there are car auctions - but also that they will return and look at the Monterey Peninsula as a place to buy their first, second or third home.
Me? I just pretty much parked my car this week and walked all over to meet people on the street or at various gatherings. Plus I have taken so many photos, it's hard to give preference to some cars over others.
So here are a few of these marvels that especially enthralled me:
1927 Packard 336 Roadster
1948 Talbot-Lago T26 Grand Sport Figoni Fastback Coupe
1938 Bentley 4.1/4 Litre Gurney Nutting Sedanca Coupe
1931 Cadillac 452A Fleetwood All Weather Phaeton
1936 Mercedes Benz 500K Special Roadster
1934 Packard 1107 Twelve Convertible Sedan
1932 Duesenberg J Rollston Victoria Coupe
1930 Rolls Royce Phanton Brewster Windblown Coupe
Usually, I get someone to take my photo in front of my favorite. This time, I took my own inadvertantly in the reflection of the Talbot Lago.