The 71st edition kicked off on August 17 with the Pebble Beach Motoring, a caravan of classic cars that traveled around 2200 kilometers along the Pacific coast between Seattle and Monterey. Then it was the turn of “The Quail – A Motorsports Gathering”, where we exhibited part of our collection: our Pagani Zonda Revolucion and Huayra BC, one of the sixteen BMW E30 M3 “Roberto Ravaglia Edition” produced in Misano Red -exhibited at the Commemoration of the 50th anniversary of BMW M Division-, one of the few Ford RS200 road cars -presented in the Post War Racing Car category- and a pristine Mercedes-Benz 190 Evolution II with just 6430 miles on the clock.
On Saturday, the spectacular “Concorso Italiano” was held and our Alfa Romeo 155 Ti V6 -former Nicola Larini- champion of the 1993 DTM won the Chairman’s Award. During these days we were talking with enthusiasts, collectors and petrolheads about the work and preservation we do on these mechanical jewels and explaining the main differences between preserving and restoring, as well as the care we provide to our cars. Even the jury, great connoisseur of automotive and motorsport history, was surprised by the state of show and originality that our collection exhibits.
The auctions -organized by Bonhams, Sotheby’s and Gooding & Company – broke all records thanks to the 790 cars sold that added a total of 469 million dollars raised, well above the 395 million obtained in 2015. Sotheby’s sold the most expensive car: a 1955 Ferrari 410 V12 Sport Spider. This art on wheels, which was driven by Juan Manuel Fangio -five times Formula 1 champion- during the 1000 Kilometers of Buenos Aires in 1956, was auctioned for $22.005 million dollars. It was followed by a 1937 Bugatti Type 57 Atalante ($10.345 million dollars) and a 1937 Mercedes-Benz 540 K ($9.905 million dollars).
There was also intense activity at the Laguna Seca circuit where some of the Le Mans winning cars throughout its 100 year history were on display. Squadra Lupo took both Pagani to the circuit and accelerated them to the maximum, making the sound of their 12-cylinder engines an incomparable symphony that set the track to music and made speed fans delirious. The Monterey Car Week ended with the traditional Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where the Duesenberg J Figoni Sports Torpedo one off was chosen as “Best of Show”.
They were unforgettable days lived with pure adrenaline, passion for cars and high speed, and in which we were able to show and explain to fans and connoisseurs the way in which we preserve the cars in our collection, which is nothing more than preserving the history of the automotive industry and motorsport.