Legends of the Autobahn celebrates German cars, and their owners

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For the first time since its inception, I missed The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering this year. While I missed attending that huge Bentley centennial celebration, I am glad I finally got to attend The Legends of the Autobahn show, with the adjacent RADwood event as a bonus.

Legends, in its 10th year and staged at The Club at Pasadera, is run by the Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi owners clubs and the volunteers working the show welcome you eagerly.

The two biggest things I saw at Legends were the extreme demographic diversity, both in age and income level, and the way the show celebrates the car owners as much as the cars themselves. And it’s not just the cars from Germany’s big three automakers. Anything German that arrives is welcomed into the party.

There were hundreds of cars, including Volkswagens and even some Porsches, even though the Werks Reunion, a Porsche-only event, was taking place just a few miles to the east.

Standout cars for me were the nicest Audi 5000 I have seen since they were new, a pair of stunning BMW 2002 tii Tourings, and a rare Mercedes-Benz R129 300SL roadster with a 5-speed gearbox.

But no matter what model of German car you like, there appeared to be scores of them present. The E24 BMW 6 Series is one of my favorites of all time and there were more than 30 of them there.

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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