Pebble Beach Monterey Automotive week carchat

Good Morning Warren and Friends,

It’s Pebble Beach week. The most wonderful week of classic cars and luxury unveils in the United States, ney the world. I am chatting with you from the Hyatt in Monterey, home of the Mecum auction. Thanks to Hyatt for the Internet access and the hot coffee.

Yesterday, and well into the night was party after party. I started at the Mazda Raceway where BMW celebrated its 100 year anniversary with a vast array of their cars and motorcycles.

I ran into Bill Hetzler at the BMW event. Hetzler served with Elvis Presley in Germany. He was there to talk about the Elvis 507 that Presley owned during his stint in the military. According to Hetzler, the car was originally white, but the young female teenagers kept scraping the white paint off the car as a souvenir that they had to paint the vehicle. The car has been repainted the original white color.

BMW also brought out the hommage turbomeister, which is rumored to go into production, but no one in charge was talking.

On the lawn of the Clint Eastwood’s Tehama Golf Club was a stunning translucent blue LC500. Lexus was showcasing the LC500 and LC500h. It has taken me awhile to like the grille of the Lexus, but on these supercars that front shines.

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With supercars come super drivers. Bobby Rahal, Bill Auberlen, Scott Pruett, Dario Franchitti. Franchitti is getting the Acura NSX next month in the UK. I asked Franchitti if he would be driving the Acura NSX GT3 at all, but he said his insurance wouldn’t let him. Have you seen that crash he was in? Watch it on youtube, but watch his 22-minute interview afterward. Straight up guy.

I was not able to get to the unveil of the electric Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6, a 2-plus-2 coupe concept, but will get pictures of it as well. All the luxury brands are here; from Rolls-Royce to the bespoke cars such as Singer. I will get as many pictures as I can and put them on driving the nation.

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About the Author:

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.