Monterey Auto Week: The highlights

The roads surrounding the Pebble Beach Concours D'Elegance are the only place in the world where you can get jaded by the sight of a mid-'60s Ferrari in a matter of days. Here's the best of what I saw this weekend.

For all the upper-crust snootiness that any collection of million-dollar objects brings, the saving grace of Pebble Beach and the surrounding events is that all of these machines are expected to not just turn over, but drive on public roads during the weekend.

While Pebble Beach's draws included 22 Ferrari GTOs, the show at the golf course known as The Quail has grown into the weekend's other major event, a place for those who feel the Pebble Beach concours is simply too crowded with the hoi polloi. Here's a small slice of what caught my eye.

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Monterey Auto Week: The highlights

If you're worried that your antique Bugatti engine isn't up to the strains of moving a few hundred yards, you're in the wrong place — and there are several Bugatti owners who enjoy not just showing their rides off, but taking them on the track at the Monterey Motorsports Reunion.

Monterey Auto Week: The highlights

1959 Ferrari 250 TR 59/60

Monterey Auto Week: The highlights

1964 ISO Rivolta GT

Of the hundreds of cars, and dozens of vintage '60s rides, there was but one gorgeous little Iso Rivolta on the track. Owner Pete Whitehead bought it from an Australian man five years ago who had converted it for racing use. What it lacks in speed it makes up for in rarity, and of all the vehicles I saw this weekend, this was the one that made me question whether the kids can't just pay for college themselves.

Monterey Auto Week: The highlights

1974 March 741

Monterey Auto Week: The highlights

1936 Ford Aerosport

A custom Ford roadster with an airplane-style interior built by hot rod enthusiast Eric Zausner, this was a hit at The Quail.

Monterey Auto Week: The highlights

1963 Shelby King Cobra

Monterey Auto Week: The highlights

1930 Stutz M

Eight decades before Leo Dartz envisioned wrapping cars in leather exteriors, Stutz attempted to burnish its luxury cred with something similar, covering its bodies in a leather-like material called zipon. It didn't work.

Monterey Auto Week: The highlights

1954 Packard Panther

Monterey Auto Week: The highlights

1968 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 NART

Monterey Auto Week: The highlights

1926 Renault 40CV Labourdette Skiff

While most of the cars at Pebble Beach are restored to some degree, there's also a competition for the vehicle that's still running and yet preserved in an original state, like this monster Renault.

Monterey Auto Week: The highlights

1965 Fiberfab Stingray Concept

Built by a California custom body shop as an advertisement for custom Corvette bodies, this car rides on a '65 Stingray chassis, and has the original motor, suspension and other parts. Only a handful exist, none as complete as this one.

Monterey Auto Week: The highlights

1934 Voisin C-34 Aerodyne

Pre-WWII classic cars can seem indistinguishable from a distance, and their propensity for winning Pebble Beach's top award always made the event a bit stuffy. But the judges made a call that can only be described as punk rock in choosing this as the overall winner for 2011: a 1934 Voisin C-34 Aerodyne owned by collector and French car enthusiast Peter Mullin. Yes, it's gray, it's not a convertible and its 100-hp straight six isn't all that special. But the style and quality popped out even among the throngs Sunday.

Monterey Auto Week: The highlights

1934 Voisin C-34 Aerodyne