Monterey Car Week canceled

Monterey Car Week canceled

State officials suggest moving events to Utah or Nebraska

Citing the impact of concentrating so many non-catalytic-converter-equipped vehicles within such a small and environmentally fragile geographic area, the state of California has issued an order banning Monterey Car Week activities for 2019.

The state Department of Air Particulates based its decision on the findings of inspectors from its own agency and from the California Air Purity Board who went to the Monterey Peninsula in August 2018 to observe Car Week activities and their impact. While there, they reported seeing occasional outbursts of visible and “obviously noxious” exhaust fumes emitted by some of the classic cars.

The officials also found “alarmingly high concentrations of carbon, sulfur dioxide and other pollutants” coming from the tailpipes of the tested vehicles, which included a 1914 Pierce-Arrow, a 1937 Cord 812, a 1955 Cadillac and two vintage racing cars.

“This is just not acceptable environmental impact,” CalAPB said in a news release. “What we have for one week on the Monterey Peninsula is, in terms of air pollution, the equivalent of the Mount St. Helen volcanic eruption.”

The inspectors also noted a number of oil spots on the roads and lawns where the classic cars had been parked, adding to their consternation.

In its announcement, state officials said Car Week events might be permitted in 2020 and beyond, but only if participating collector vehicles, which date back more than a century, are emissions controlled with catalytic converters or, even better, have been converted to electric power.

As an alternative, the DAP suggested that all the various Monterey Car Week events could take place in 2019, just not within the same week, or even the same month.

“We want to clear the air, quite literally,” one state official said. “So many old cars, some of them leaking oil onto the ground and most of them spewing unfiltered emissions into the air, present an unacceptable hazard and threat.

“We suggest re-scheduling such events over a much longer period of time, and preferably over a much larger geographic area, like Utah or Nebraska.”

Monterey Car Week attendees and classic car collectors were quick to dispute the state’s ruling.

“Arg!” the owner of a 1935 Mercedes-Benz 540K being readied for Car Week events exclaimed when told of the decision. “That is just so ridiculous. It’s like this whole thing is a bad April Fool’s joke. I guess I should check the calendar before believing everything I read online.”


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  • Ronald Allen
    April 1, 2019, 3:56 AM

    This story HAS to be an April Fools joke!

    • Carter Nacke@Ronald Allen
      April 1, 2019, 10:06 AM

      Someone checked the calendar before reading!

    • Bob Sanborn@Ronald Allen
      April 1, 2019, 2:19 PM

      Either this story is a joke, or CA itself is a joke. Let’s put catalytic converters on bongs! Let’s tax and regulate outdoor sex! Anything to save an endangered insect! I have heard it all. How did the pioneers make it with all of these regulations? Think about it.

    • John Ash@Ronald Allen
      April 2, 2019, 6:17 AM

      What a joke. I guess these same people are voting for the New Green Deal…..

  • James McIntire
    April 1, 2019, 8:50 AM

    If the state of California expects a car from 1919 to run as clean as a new 2019 vehicle, they’re insane! Even if you choke it up with an aftermarket catalytic converter, they still are NOT going to burn very clean. And I suspect many of the owners of these vehicles would be unwilling to resort to such measures. I’m sure they’d rather travel to a different state. Is anyone else opposed to the Lincoln, Nebraska Concourse? LOL

    • PAUL RUSIN@James McIntire
      April 1, 2019, 1:18 PM

      This is just so typical of California. This is a state that tries to regulate everything from shopping bags to air bags. Their latest "control mechanism" is rumored to be airbags for bicycles and fully enclosed surf boards.
      The bicycle airbags are not for safety of the rider, but in case any blood from the rider would get on the pavement could end up in the ocean through those evil water channels.
      and the enclosed surfboards would keep a unkept surfer from falling into the ocean, thus decreasing the likelihood of oceanic contamination.

      • Marissa Gonzales@PAUL RUSIN
        April 1, 2019, 2:17 PM

        Are you kidding me! This was an April fool’s joke from the headline in my email! LOL good prank.

    • stacy Boulderdash@James McIntire
      April 1, 2019, 2:16 PM

      Thank God! Everything is leaving that horrible State!

      • John Ladd@stacy Boulderdash
        April 1, 2019, 3:37 PM

        "Everything is leaving that terrible state."

        Stacy, when you say "everything" you obviously don’t mean people or business as our population keeps growing and our GDP is around the 10th largest in the world. I grew up in the Midwest and moved out here 30 years ago. I’d never consider living anywhere else. California is the best!

        • Dwight Neisler@John Ladd
          April 1, 2019, 4:09 PM

          April Fools

        • Mike Tierney@John Ladd
          April 1, 2019, 4:30 PM

          Stacy, you obviously do not live here. CA has a great environment because we all care about it. Someone commented on "controlling plastic bags to air bags". Well, plastic bags should be banned. They are terrible as are plastic straws and foam boxes for left overs. Why do people fight to keep straws in circulation or plastic bags? Or fight anything that has the potential to improve our environment? If people want to leave CA because the air is too clean or the water too clean or the GDP too high, that is certainly their right to go. Hopefully sooner than later. And I am one of the polluters at Monterey Car Week.

        • Paul bundy@John Ladd
          April 1, 2019, 4:48 PM

          The reason the population of California is growing is because of illegals. California has the highest rate of poverty, some of the highest taxes, some of the worst schools and that is just of few of the "high points". My wife is a 3rd generation California and my family moved there 60 years ago. We now live in a low tax state which allows US to determine how we spend our money, not some liberal political wack. The businesses creating the GDP there are the silicon valley tech businesses, not the small companies that grew California. Many of the big Corporations there have corporation hdqs in another low tax state.

          • John Ladd@Paul bundy
            April 2, 2019, 8:25 PM

            Paul B.

            We do have a lot of immigrants, legal as well as illegal, and we very much love them. They are hard working, they pay taxes and they are definitely an economic boost.


            Our poverty rate is the 18th worst. With the exception of Oregon and D.C., all of the bottom 17 are dependable RED states. Also, it’s those of us in California and other blue states who pay more in federal taxes than we see in return, unlike most of the red states, which year after year suckle off the blue state teat. You’re welcome.

            That said, poverty is very hard to attribute to one or even a small number of factors. Our poverty seems to be largely centered in urban areas, yet the bottom 17 are largely rural states. Rural poverty is, in fact, a big problem these days. My hometown (pop.14,000) is a shell of what it was 40 years ago. One thread that seems common to most of the bottom 15 is geography. They are southern states.

            We do have some crappy schools, but some excellent ones, too, particularly at the college level (hence a lot of tech companies are based here and recruit our graduates). I’m very happy with the education my kids got K-16. I suppose things are a lot better every where, but having worked in CA schools for 8 years, and having put two kids through them, I’m amazed at how little strife there is over race and sexuality. The only fight I saw in the four years I worked at a high school was between two girls–over a boy, naturally. Being opening gay is no big deal. Gay couples go to prom, are featured in the Valentine’s Day edition of the school paper, etc. I hope this is true everywhere. I think this is more of a generational thing than a geographic one.

    • Richard Elliott@James McIntire
      April 1, 2019, 2:35 PM

      I won’t be surpised if this is not an April fools joke. California is so totally out of control. I will be laughing at this for years to come. With all the hundreds of thousands of cars on the roads there, they think that little pittance of exhaust is really going to cause the state to turn brown and die off. Well it is turning brown, but it’s from the message the politicians are spreading and not from those elegant cars.

  • Terry Wilkinson
    April 1, 2019, 2:20 PM

    Not a surprise from a useless state like California.

  • John Ireland
    April 1, 2019, 2:23 PM

    I wish it wasn’t an April Fools joke…because things are getting that bad…for real. In Europe they are going to have controls in all new cars starting in about three years that will limit speed based on posted limits. You know the eco-Nazis will jump on that for California. It is time for an open civil war between the petrolheads and the evo freaks. The modern world is making the world of Mad Max look better all the time.

  • john gendron
    April 1, 2019, 2:25 PM

    Ha-ha. Good one! Had me going for awhile.

    • Bruce Gardner@john gendron
      April 1, 2019, 3:17 PM

      I heard that California was going to ban toilet paper
      Bruce G

    • John Jackson@john gendron
      April 1, 2019, 4:32 PM

      I know this is April Fools, however tell the Liberals to stay in California

      • Drew Savage@John Jackson
        April 2, 2019, 12:01 PM

        Don’t worry, rising sea levels will cleanse everything just fine in a few years time


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