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Legends of the Autobahn, 2021

Legends of the Dust Bowl?   By Joel Camarda

August 14, 2021

There was already some apprehension concerning the venue for the approaching 2021 event, namely downtown Carmel Valley Village, a significant departure from the previous site, the Nicklaus Golf Course, next to Laguna Seca Raceway.  With one week to go, it appears the good people of Carmel Valley Village decided that they did not want their lovely little community invaded by potentially hundreds of vehicles of the Panza Division. No detriment to those good people. The “Panzas” could have occupied all the available local parking, although maybe beneficial to local restaurants.   Panza crews do get hungry.  Please note, I have no official information.  This is just my personal conjecture.

Let’s give some credit to the Legends organizers in finding a viable venue at the last minute, the Monterey County Fairgrounds.  Let’s subtract some credit for getting in this jam at all.  Follow the guidance of the 75 year old grand daddy of concours, Pebble Beach, A GOLF COURSE.   I have attended many Concorso Italiano events over the years, including one year on an airport runway. Concorso has stabilized on a golf course.

All that said, I believe the event was a qualified success, but I am going to nag about the detriments, because it has been much better.  A lot may be attributed to post pandemic hangover.  I do not know how Concorso, Historics, or Pebble Beach fared this year.  If you attended any of those events, please send your reports to David, the newsletter editor.

The strength, of course, is the cars, and there was a very good collection, but not as good as past events.  Post pandemic hangover?  The competition viewing area was crowded, less space than previous events.

The biggest detriment was the “display parking”, which costs an extra $75.  On a golf course, there is adequate room to set out a blanket on the grass next to the car, some beach chairs, enjoy a picnic lunch, a bottle of champagne.  At the Monterey Fairgrounds, the display parking was a dirt lot, i.e. the “dust bowl.”   If you parked here all day, if you could get in, you had to come back every hour to dust off the car.  I spent all of Friday, waxing and detailing the 335i (sorry MBers, I did not bring the SLK350, driving down from Sonoma).  The display parking was also too small vs. the tickets sold.  I met one couple that drove their 2004 SL55 AMG from upstate New York and could not get into the display area, despite arriving at 8:30 am (not a direct drive from NY).

Well, how was the lunch? At $35 a pop, it was delicious (luckily we decided against a picnic), a broiled half chicken per person with vegetables, more than one could eat.   No glass of wine, however, and the adult beverage bar outside had a very long line.




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Where shall we go in 2021?


The following suggested events were proposed at the last Board meeting. This is an ambitious list, with lots of opportunities to participate. If you would like to help with or lead one of these events, or propose an event you would like to lead, please contact our Activities Chairman, Barton Lane, who is listed below with the new Leadership Team.

Members Only Events

March 26th - 28th (Fri-Sun)

Reno Overnight Road trip (Sections) - 4Matics  Checked 

April 18th (Sunday)

Grand Island Mansion - Doug Storkovich  Checked 

May 8th-9th (Sat-Sun)

Napa/Skunk Train/Hwy 1 Overnight Road Trip- Convertibles   Checked 

May 16 (Sunday)

M-B Classics and Coffee Members-only event - Checked

June 6th (Sunday)

Lafeyette to Niles Through the East Bay hills and regional parks  Checked 

July 11th (2nd Sunday Drive)

Pescadero Creek Through Redwoods Checked

July 24th (Saturday)

The Canepa Motorsport Museum (Private Guided)  Checked

August 1 (Sunday)

Marin Cheese Factory IV Checked 

August 21st (Saturday)

Board meeting - open to all SFBA members   

Sept 5th (Sunday)

FSD: Danville - Camino Tassajara - Downtown Pleasanton

October 9th (Saturday)

Annual Planning Meeting Changed to August 21st (Saturday) at Peter's Cafe

Sonoma Raceway Vintage Car Races / Race Car Rides  October 2,3 Sonoma Raceway

Oktoberfest Dinner at Harry's Hofbrau - Redwood City

November 7th (Sunday)

FSD: In Planning Stage

December 4th (Saturday)

Annual Member Appreciation Holiday Day Banquet - Sunol

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First Sunday Drive

Sunday October 3

First Sunday Drive - Sonoma Raceway Charity Challenge Vintage Car Races and Race Car Rides

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Upcoming Events

October 2,3, Sonoma Raceway Charity Challenge Vintage Car Races



A Hybrid Event – October First Sunday Drive / Sonoma Vintage Car Races/ Race Car Rides

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December 4, 2021  Holiday Gala

10:00 am - 3:00 pm Casa Bella, Sunol

Classics and Coffee

Two successfuly Classics and Coffee events in 2021

See you in 2022

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Upcoming Events

Sonoma Raceway Charity Challenge Vintage Car Races

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Saturday, October 2, 2021 - 9:00am to Sunday, October 3, 2021 - 3:00am

First Sunday Drive - Burlingame to Sonoma Raceway

Burlingame | Sunday, October 3, 2021 -
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SFBA - CSRG Charity Challenge Vintage Car Races

Sonoma | Sunday, October 3, 2021 -
9:30am to 5:00pm

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