Monterey Car Week is where the past and future of automobiles collide

Traffic was abysmal at this year’s Monterey Car Week. Blame it on the 20,000 captive car enthusiasts who descended upon this picturesque peninsula on the California coast 120 miles south of San Francisco to flaunt, ogle, and nerd out over the world’s most expensive cars. The week culminated in a splashy Sunday afternoon cascade of confetti as a prewar 1937 Alfa Romeo 8C won the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance best of show, edging out the crowd favorite, a cream-colored 1937 Cadillac.

The sheer size of the audience that visits Monterey Car Week is a reminder that the love for the gasoline-powered, four-wheeled motor car isn’t dead, and there are many well-to-do benefactors intent on preserving its legacy. The official Concours held at…

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