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
responded with a greeting back to him.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!"
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."