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Automobilia Monterey is shopping heaven for collector car set


The Automobilia Monterey show is a collector car-orientated shopping opportunity. The event benefits the Monterey Rape Crisis Center hard thru  admission costs, which are $20 per person, and through items donated by different vendors for a silent auction.

This year, the event expanded to three days, Monday through Wednesday.  This might seem like a good idea, but I noticed that the number of vendors was down a bit, likely due to the increased costs of being in Monterey an extra day.

However, the vendors present had everything from Ferrari and Porsche manuals and literature to tool kits for every British car you can imagine, as well as artwork, and more books that you could ever have space for at home, unless you live in a library.

If you, like many of us are fans of all the ephemera that has to do with vintage cars, be it literature, parts, tools or artwork, then Automobilia Monterey is a definite must-go place. 

I always go home with something; this year the perfect birthday present for a good friend who is racing at the Rolex Reunion this week.

Andy Reid
Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.


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