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Twenty-Five of the Best from Monterey

Avatar By Yoav Gilad
August 27, 2014
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Photography by Yoav Gilad for Petrolicious

If you don’t know that two weeks ago was Monterey Car Week, then you just haven’t been paying attention. We’ve shared a Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion first-timer’s story, here, the shocking Pebble Beach Best in Show-winning Ferrari, here, and even some of the cars spotted in local parking lots, here. The week is just a cavalcade of events showcasing amazing cars that, as my esteemed colleague Mr. Jonathan WC Mills explained, make you say, “Look at that!”

But the one thing that we haven’t really discussed is the sheer amount of people that show up. I’m not complaining, it’s a great time. But there are a LOT of other car enthusiasts on the Monterey Peninsula that week. As a result, moving efficiently is impossible whether we’re talking about getting from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to Seventeen-Mile Drive (where Pebble Beach is located) or just being able to photograph cars cleanly to share them as we’d like to see them (without twenty-seven people, camera-phones at arm’s length, crossing in front of your shot like camera-wielding zombies… “mmmm, chrome….”).

It is extremely difficult and frequently requires the patience of a saint or sniper. Usually you have to set up a shot, pick your focal point, aim, exhale slowly, depress the shutter half-way, and then… oh wait, some guy telling his wife why his Maserati Gran Turismo is in fact better than a Birdcage just brushed by my lens. “No, no problem sir, excuse me.” Yes, this actually happened. Fortunately, the press does usually have early access to the cars, but that’s when they’re being prepped and preened for the judges and audience. 

And because the crowds do present an unusual problem it certainly creates a somewhat-frantic atmosphere for the shooters. Will I get the shots I need?! If I don’t get the right cars will I get paid?! (No, you won’t.) But still, nothing worthwhile is easy and as many of you can imagine, I do this because I love it, because I love the cars, the events, and the people. Even those who think their Gran Turismo is cooler than a Birdcage.

Enjoy twenty-five of the coolest cars from Monterey Car Week. Next year, you should be there too. Just don’t block my shot.

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Charles
Charles

I just want to take that Miura home and baby it. It looks a bit… rough. Beautiful photos!

JuanSanchex
JuanSanchex

Lovely shots, all of them!

I’m curious about the wires on running around parts of the Fangio Maserati, can anyone enlighten me with what purpose they might serve?

Fraser Wright
Fraser Wright

The bolts or nuts are wired – before locktite or locking bolts this was the was the way you stopped them coming undone. You would tighten them to the torque you required then drill the hole through the bolt or use bolts with the loop brazed onto them. You then twist a pair of wires together like a braid. When you get to the next bolt you put one wire through the hole, the other would go over the top, you then twist them together and continue onto the next bolt. Downside is that if you need to access the… Read more »

JuanSanchex
JuanSanchex

Fantastic! I figured it may have been something along those lines.

Dennis White
Dennis White

Beautiful shots. Only wish you had caught the rows of Testa Rossa’s and incredible historic Maser’s. And it is amazing how clueless people are walking around the cars and in front of others looking to take a quick picture.

Kurt Oblinger
Kurt Oblinger

I have some but it doesn’t appear we can put photos in the comments.

Fraser Wright
Fraser Wright

Actually I would like to have some more of the freaks and weirdos of this Automotive scene. Be that the who has the skin of an old leather sofa ala Villa d’este? Men in red trousers at Goodwood, the 80’s mullet hairstyles of the Geneva Motorshow or in this case the old men in Panama hats with dated plastic surgery on either themselves or the ones who sign the prenup’. While I am sure you love the static cars as a photographer I always like people watching at these events.

Miles
Miles

I don’t see why we couldn’t have had these pictures but with dorky rich car tourists everywhere.

Just kidding, great photos. These were all so serious though, something like funny old pre war british race car would have been jolly.

Kurt Oblinger
Kurt Oblinger

I hear you brother! I first went to Monterey in 1977 and it was a very different experience, almost like a gathering of friends. Each year it grew and grew until it has become the monster that it is now. I went every year save one, from 1977 to 2001 and then took a break until last year. For most of the ’90s I had press credentials and that was bliss. Now I’m sort of back to my roots of shooting from general admission crowd areas but it’s kind of relaxing in a way not having an editor to satisfy.… Read more »

Loud Pedal

Great shots! Can you talk about your photography technique? Equipment used and post processing? Petrolicious photos always stand out as a very unique look so this raises curiosity as how you set up you shots and what you do to them later.