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Quinn on Nutrition: What we have in common with classic cars

August 24, 2015

I got a media email blast from Russo and Steele, a prestigious car auction company, and almost hit delete. Then I realized it was from the young man I befriended on a flight into Monterey last week. I was coming home; he was coming to Monterey for Classic Car Week.

So I responded with a greeting back to him.

Next thing I knew, I had complimentary media tickets to attend a classic car auction, which for me was about as unlikely as Annie Oakley tying up her horse at the Ritz Carlton.

But what the heck, you only live once. A couple evenings later, after almost going home because of the traffic and impossible parking, I marched into the giant white tent like I attended classic car auctions every day. Sure enough, tickets were waiting for me (thank you,Darin!) and I sat down and acted like I knew what was going on.

When the man sitting next to me (he and his wife were from Illinois) asked about the notes I was scribbling, I told him I was "media." I didnít have the heart to tell him I write about nutrition, not cars. Then the most amazing thing happened.

The auctioneer and professional whatever you call the guys who yell out "Yup!" every time someone in the audience nods their head, actually began to talk my language.

These guys encouraged the crowd to "exercise your discretionary collecting muscle" as they sold a 1988 Porsche 930 Turbo coupe for a mere $86,000. I assume that means car collectors can get flabby without regular activity.

I was intrigued with the "full carbon fiber package" included with the 2005 Ferrari F430 that went for a cool $87,000. Apparently this helps reduce the weight and size of a carís frame. Matter of fact, we would all do well to adopt fiber-containing food packages (vegetables, nuts, whole fruits and grains) to reduce the size and weight of our own frames.

I was a bit confused, however, why these "muscle cars" ó American made sports coupes with powerful high-performance engines ó spend so much of their lives in show rooms or garages. If it could talk, I wondered if the 1969 Chevy Camaro Z28 Coupe might say, "Stop gawking at me, and take me out for a spin!"

But what do I know? These are serious pieces of equipment, and Iím no car expert. I did however, like the comment in our local paper about this particular car event. It showed, the resident wrote, "that sometimes something old cannot only be good, but highly desirable, very valuable, and even classic ó if kept up or, when fallen into disrepair, is lovingly restored. We can remember that and be encouraged and motivated the next time we look into a mirror."

Well said.




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