Collector cars shine at Automobilia Monterey – Monterey Herald


SEASIDE – Sam Halsted affectionately calls his collection of automotive memorabilia a hobby gone crazy, something he has to pawn off in parts to make way for another indulgence. Luckily, like-minded people at Tuesday’s Automobilia Monterey were happy to catch a sample of the obsession.

Back for its 18th year, the annual showcase of automotive collectibles — vintage, eclectic, and the only event of its kind during Monterey Classic Car Week — returned to Embassy Suites Monterey Bay this week for the first time since the suspension of operations for the pandemic. With 28 stalls showcasing everything from Halsted’s admittedly saturated pile of auto sales literature to factory vehicle tool kits, the exhibit was a nostalgic ode to automotive mania that’s sure to satisfy the fix. from anyone for automotive antiques.

“If I want to stay married, I have to get rid of all my excesses,” Halsted joked. “(The collection) started when I was 13, but now it’s popping all over the place. … That’s why I come here.

The 18th annual Automobilia Monterey, the largest international vintage automotive collectibles show in the United States, returned to Monterey County from Monday, August 15 through Wednesday, August 17 (Molly Gibbs – Monterey Herald).

Bringing just a sample of its vast assortment of automobilia, Halsted’s table on Tuesday included binders of car-themed postcards, quirky sales brochures and even a media backgrounder for a Porsche event. dating back two decades. While he’s willing to add any eye-catching automotive-related item to his stash, Halsted said he mainly collects paper memorabilia – partly to commemorate vintage car illustrations rarely seen in modern advertising, but also as a way to consolidate space.

Across the aisle, the 2D testimonials of automotive history continued with Concours Collectibles, where Dave Fearnley and Cherie McEntire sold limited-edition prints by automotive artist David Snyder. Hailing from Ontario, Canada, this year marked the duo’s first visit to Automobilia Monterey as more than spectators. Fearnley had made the cross-border trip to Classic Car Week several times before as a car enthusiast, he explained, but a booming print sales operation up north motivated him to expand his client base. .

Draws for purchase on Tuesday started at around $95 and capped at $2,000, depending on the rarity of the selection. When it came to subject matter, the scenes depicted were as varied as their cost, capturing car dealership parking lots, 1950s auto shows, and even race cars rounding the corkscrew at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

“(Cars) are moving works of art…and (this artist) really captured the essence of that in so many images,” Fearnley explained as she flipped through the images.

“One of my favorite things about what these prints do is they bring nostalgia back to you,” McEntire added. “(People) will look at them and they will remember when their father had this or their grandfather had that. It reminds me of this beautiful memory, and I love it.

Elsewhere in the ballroom, for those whose nostalgia motivated not only the remembrance but also the restoration of classic cars, Ferrari Literature offered authentic versions of automotive details that most owners nowadays leave and forget in their glove compartments. .

Vintage Motorbooks featured a variety of automotive books, manuals, brochures and periodicals (Molly Gibbs - Monterey Herald).
Vintage Motorbooks featured a variety of automotive books, manuals, brochures and periodicals (Molly Gibbs – Monterey Herald).

Offering original car manuals, cover sets, workshop and technical manuals and warranty books, Ferrari Literature celebrated the more mundane but still essential aspects of bringing an old car back to its peak condition.

“A complete car is a more valuable car,” said owner Andrew Herrala, noting that his company has often helped complete restorations for exhibitors at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. “You want (a car) to be as authentic as it was when it left the factory, and that’s ultimately what we try to do for the benefit of the hobby. We want your car to be as good as possible…. If you don’t have the books and the tools, it’s not complete.

Offering a similar sentiment as he walked through the exhibit, attendee Tommy Yang said the willingness to compile more than just a vehicle is an inherent quality of all automotive enthusiasts – and what makes an event as Automobilia Monterey the “Mecca for any car enthusiast”.

“People dream their whole lives of having a gathering like this that they can actually attend every year,” he said. “It’s a dream to come together, to meet and talk about this stuff. … It’s a world-class event.

Automobilia Monterey will continue through Wednesday at the Embassy Suites Monterey Bay at Seaside, 1441 Canyon Del Rey Blvd, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit

Tess Kenny - Monterey Herald
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