Not everyone who lives in Monterey’s gated community of Pasadera plays golf. Those who do, enjoy the Jack Nicklaus-designed signature course unfolding across what early Spanish missionaries named Rancho Laguna Seca. Steinbeck saw it as the “Pastures of Heaven.” The setting, paired with an alchemy of hacienda-style and Moorish architecture, has proved an inspired backdrop for a diversity of celebrations and events, including The Concours at Pasadera.
Chaired by Pasadera resident and automobile aficionado Rick Barnett, owner of Monterey Motorsports, the third-annual Concours is sponsored this year by Porsche, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the marque’s back-to-back wins with a Porsche 917 at Le Mans and Daytona
in 1970 and 1971.
“Ferrari dominated Le Mans from 1960 to 1965,” said Barnett, “followed by Ford’s four-year winning streak, broken by Porsche’s back-to-back wins at Daytona, as well as Le Mans.”
The Concours at Pasadera commences on Aug. 6 at 2 p.m. for Club members, an hour later for ticket holders, and concludes at 6 p.m. During the afternoon, guests can celebrate carefully curated automobiles in six juried classes, including international pre-1990 vehicles, domestic modified cars, vintage prewar automobiles from 1941 and before, commercial and competition cars, as well as a century of vintage and contemporary motorcycles from 1920 to 2020.
This year’s prestigious panel of judges includes, among others, Ferrari specialist and owner of Coppa Bella Motors Steve Fremgen; Don Colman, former program supervisor of the GT-40 Mark I that won Le Mans in 1968-69; John Lackner, vice president of operations, marketing and sales for Exotic Autoworks; Ferrari specialist Daryl Brown; as well as alternate judges: former fabricator, mechanic, and crew chief Peter Miles, whose father drove a GT40 at Le Mans; and Danny Sullivan, who earned 17 wins in the CART Indy World Series, including the 1985
In a special twist on tradition, the Concours audience will be invited to vote for the People’s Choice Award, by judging a unique class of Modern Classics from 1990 to 2020, which features design and technical influences on cars of the future. While each car that wins its class will
receive a Tiffany award, the Modern Classics winner will be honored with a uniquely designed award by Tiffany. In addition, the Best of Show winner, selected by the panel of judges, will receive the coveted silver “Tiffany cup.”
The Pasadera Concours also has invited select automobile exhibitors from 2019 to return with their cars for a special “Alumni Vehicle” exhibition.
The Concours also will present a special exhibition of rare Hot Wheels collector toy cars. Founded in 1968, the Hot Wheels brand reportedly has sold more than six billion cars, more than sales of the “Big Three” manufacturers General Motors, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, and Ford
Motor Company, combined. While they’re only toys, tiny Hot Wheels cars can be worth thousands of dollars.
“I still have some 200 Hot Wheels in their collector boxes,” said classic car collector David von Gompertz of Carmel. “Car guys start very young, with an affordable collection. Hot Wheels spark the imagination of what it would be like to have cars like that, modeled after real production
cars. Every kid’s dream is to have their Hot Wheels turn into a reality. And a few of mine have.”
Collector pieces and charitable proceeds
A Concours wouldn’t be complete without a collector’s poster commemorating the event.
British-born artist Simon Bull, renowned for his exuberant use of vibrant color and movement across the canvas, has paid tribute to three classic marques — Ferrari, Ford, and Porsche — in his “Decade of Champions” painting, which has been reproduced for the 2021 Pasadera Concours
The painting, to be unveiled at Meuse Gallery on Ocean Avenue in Carmel, will be sold during the private Club 100 dinner party for exhibitors and sponsors, at Pasadera. The poster, however, is available online and at the Concours, for $25 unframed ($75 framed), as is Bull’s “Ford vs.
Ferrari” poster from 2020, while supplies last. Visit www.pasaderaconcours.com/2020poster to place an order.
Proceeds from The Concours at Pasadera will benefit CASA — Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children — and Bridge Restoration Ministry, which provides safety, structure, discipleship, and supervision in a residential setting, for those struggling with addictions.
“This four-hour event, limited to just 600 guests, is going to be an afternoon of casual elegance,” said Barnett, “where folks have a chance to mingle from a social distance, see great cars, and have a lot of fun. To bring car-collector enthusiasts together in a great community, to enjoy a
wide variety of automobile exhibits at an event that benefits local charities; it doesn’t get any better than that.”
If you go
The Concours at Pasadera 2021
When: Aug. 6, 2 p.m. (club members), 3 p.m. (ticket holders) to 6 p.m.
Where: 100 Pasadera Drive, Monterey
Cost: $125 at www.pasaderaconcours.com. Sales through Aug. 2.