Mid-week at Monterey: A birthday party at the Jet Center

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McCall's Motorworks Revival is a huge party at the Monterey Jet Center with food and beverages, cars and airplanes | Rebecca Nguyen photos

Monterey Car Week 2018 continues with an extravagant mid-week event that’s a mixture of aircraft, motorcycles, and cars that are classic, modern and some that race. It’s McCalls Motorworks Revival staged at the Monterey Jet Center, and this year the annual event was especially special since it coincided with host Gordon McCall’s birthday.

Upon arrival, you are greeted by a highly decorated woman suspended from an archway in a half-moon ornament and holding a bottle of champagne that fills guests glasses as they pass through.  

Then, after dodging a few airplane wings, your eyes are greeted by an onslaught of seemingly every breed of automobile, from muscle cars signed by Carroll Shelby to a 21-window Volkswagen bus and to Lamborghinis and retired race cars.  

One car that stuck out to me the most was the Genesis Essentia concept car with it’s “Athletic Elegance,” a vision for the future vision of the GT.

The eye candy didn’t stop there as a rally arrived with a variety of cars including the new Acura NSX and a vintage Porsche 356.  

As if the event didn’t already have enough to see, the rally gracefully parked behind a beautiful plane and the new Ford GT.  

The only unenjoyable portion of the event for me? Trying to photograph the cars around all of the sharped dressed guests.

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An experienced automotive motorsports photographer and enthusiast of all things with wheels, Rebecca Nguyen is the Marketing Manager of ClassicCars.com. Former Marketing and Project Coordinator for several aftermarket brands, Rebecca has a unique perspective developed from being on several different sides of the automotive world. From developing innovative automotive products to doing her own DIY modifications on her 2003 Subaru WRX and 2014 Ducati Monster, Rebecca’s passion for the hobby brings fresh ideas to The Journal. In addition, she has spent many years publishing event coverage for events like SEMA, Formula Drift, and Global RallyCross while coordinating the annual Future Collector Car Show in Scottsdale Arizona.

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