Classic Motorsports Virtual Monterey Kickoff Cruise-In Presented by Hagerty & eBay Motors Awards Thousands in Prizes

The Classic Motorsports staff brought a little Monterey magic to all corners this August. How? Through the Classic Motorsports Virtual Monterey Kickoff Cruise-In Presented by Hagerty and eBay Motors. Entrants simply had to post a photo of their car, but with a twist: a prop that recalled good times on the Monterey Peninsula. 

Thanks to a raft of generous partners, the total prize stash topped $5000, with a cool thousand dollars going to best in show: the 1956 Triumph TR3 of jfarris.

Scroll down to wander through the winners, while the full field can be found on the Classic Motorsports website

Best in show, receiving $1000 cash courtesy eBay Motors: jfarris’s 1956 Triumph TR3. “Unable to make the trek west this year. Had to settle for a local Cannery Row!”

Best WOW Factor, receiving a $500 certificate to The Shop by Hagerty: HVKoby’s 1971 Volkswagen Karman Ghia. “Bought new in '71 and restored the Ghia myself.”

Best Four-Door, receiving a $250 certificate to Hagerty DriveShare: Paul Eklund’s 1957 Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Berlina. “Former owners include Donald Osborne, Santo Spadaro, and David E. Davis…”

Best Austin-Healey, receiving a $150 Moss Motors gift card: rwh_65Healey_NV’s 1965 Austin-Healey 3000. “Although this isn't quite the right time of year to do much Little British Car driving in the Las Vegas area, braving the heat to take a photo with my old surfboard (what better California prop) with palm trees in the background was fun.”

Best Miata, receiving a $150 Moss Motors gift card: ginya91mx5’s 1991 Mazda Miata. “Purchased in 1990 when I was flying for the U.S. Navy, she is one of the first MX-5s to be registered as a Historical Vehicle in California.”

Best Triumph, receiving a $150 Moss Motors gift card: J-Bar-J’s 1954 Triumph TR2. “As you can see, we've been going since at least 2013! Here's to next year's being better than ever!”

Best MG, receiving a $150 Moss Motors gift card: mvh’s 1966 MBG. “This 1966 MGB was restored from a newly acquired "barn find" rolling shell combined with a rusty and battered but mechanically sound driver that I had owned for 30 years.”

Best Mini, receiving a $150 Moss Motors gift card: Nancy McCroskey’s 1965 Mini Cooper S. “My mementos are the vintage-style Laguna Seca sign and pictures of my cars at Laguna Seca, as well as my checkered-flag mask hanging from the mirror in honor of all the essential workers on the front lines of the pandemic battle.”

Best Jaguar, receiving a $150 Moss Motors gift card: LouieG’s Jaguar XK120. “First time in 15 years we will not be in Monterey for Car Week.”

Best Nissan, receiving a $200 certificate to Z Car Garage: Colin W. G’s 1970 Datsun 240Z. “The Z is the Classic Motorsports magazine project car from a few years back.”

Best Volkswagen, receiving a $250 certificate to Techtonics Tuning: georgeduck’s 1969 VW Bus. “Seen here in Pacific Grove … already looking forward to next year.”

Best Classic Porsche, receiving a Classic Fun Kit from Porsche Classic: Crossworth’s 1974 Porsche 914. “My son is a big fan of Classic Motorsports. I have pics of him reading the Classic Motorsports and Grassroots Motorsports in his crib.”

Best Empire State Car, receiving two tickets to the Saratoga Automobile Museum and two tickets to the Motorcar auction: 1974MGB’s 1974 MGB. “Thanks to all for putting this together!”

Best Air-Cooled Porsche, receiving a $250 product certificate to Stoddard and a custom Porsche trophy: wmbeckenbaugh’s 1966 Porsche 912. “We have shown the car twice at the Werks Reunion in 2016 and 2018, receiving first and third in SWB 911-912 class, respectively.”

Honorable Mention Air-Cooled Porsche, receiving a $250 product certificate to Stoddard and a custom Porsche trophy: Jerry356’s 1967 Porsche 356SB. “Props are from Pebble Beach 2013 and 2018! I'm from Denver, Colorado.”

Best BMW, receiving a $100 product certificate to UUC Motorwerks: Tvinje’s “2001 BMW Z8 that I have owned since new.”

Best ’60s BMW, receiving a $100 product certificate to UUC Motorwerks: wmbeckenbaug’s 1964 BMW 700 Coupe. “Bare shell nut-and-bolt restored from 2010-2019 in original orange with a black leatherette interior.”

Best ’70s BMW, receiving a $100 product certificate to UUC Motorwerks: Pgommel’s 1973 BMW 2002tii. “I've been to Monterey every year since 1984 and my 1973 BMW 2002tii 'Fritz' has been with me for 29 of those years.”

Best ’90s BMW, receiving a $100 product certificate to UUC Motorwerks: Tvinje’s “1990 BMW Z1 that I purchased in Dallas after it arrived about 2005.”

Best Oddball British Car, receiving a case of Castrol brake fluid courtesy of Kip Motor Company: sir_mike’s 1968 Ford Cortina GT. “Owned from new.”

Best Real or Replica Cobra, receiving the "World Registry of Cobras and GT40s" valued at $99 from Shelby American Automobile Club: Lotus7’s Factory Five Series 3.1. “It’s a long way from Florida to the 'sunny' shores of Monterey; the last time I was there was in 2002, but in my mind (since this is a virtual car show) the car below helps me in a virtual way to muscle out of Laguna Seca's Turn 11, blast over the stripe, and then power through 1 and down the hill into Turn 2.”

Best Shelby or Boss Mustang, receiving Shelby American Automobile Club registry courtesy Cobra Automotive: britboss302’s 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302. “California dreamin'. Enjoy a nice California cabernet!”

Best Street Lotus, receiving a product certificate to R.D. Enterprises: Gordon Sauer’s 1973 Lotus Elan +2S/130. “A frame-off solo redo over many years.”

Best Lotus Racer, receiving a $100 product certificate to R.D. Enterprises: Lotusteve’s 1965 Lotus Elan. “I bought it from my brother 25 years ago as a basket case. A total of 12 boxes of parts came with the body, including engine/gearbox.”

Best Alfa Romeo, receiving an Alfa Romeo skateboard and scarf courtesy Centerline International: alfa1900’s Alfa Romeo 1900 Super Sprint Coupe. “I raced the car with VSCCA at Lime Rock and Watkins Glen in the 1970s and '80s, then restored it to concours condition.”

Best Chevy, receiving MPVI2 Pro with two credits (retail price $649.96) from HP Tuners: glkuntz’s 2009 Chevrolet Corvette Z06. “The memorabilia is the program from the 1st Annual Monterey Historics. What could be more Monterey Week than that?”

Best Lemon, receiving Lemons Rally entry valued at $425: barryconnally’s 1976 Chevrolet Cosworth Vega. “In 2017 it suffered the penultimate humiliation of being kicked to the curb as truly Cosworth(less) at the California Concours d’Lemons."

Best Mercedes-Benz, receiving a gift basket valued at $250 from Mercedes-Benz Classic: 230SL’s 1965 Euro-spec Mercedes-Benz 230SL. “I am ready to feel that California salt air and enjoy some Motorsports Camaraderie!”

Best Honda or Acura, receiving $200 in Honda apparel courtesy American Honda: CrustyRedXpress’s Acura NSX. “2020 was our year to visit Pacific Grove as a family—big trip for us, but I love cars and wife loves wildlife. Didn't happen, but we're not going to give up—2021 is almost here.”

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ginya91mx5 New Reader
8/13/20 12:46 p.m.

What a great event! Almost as fun as being there in person!

Thanks Classic Motorsports for making the CM Monterey Kickoff Cruise-In happen virtually!

Also, congratulations to everyone on their beautiful entries!

And thank you Classic Motorsports, judges, and Moss Motors for selecting Ginya as "Best Miata" for the second year in a row—very honored and humbled!!!

Looking forward to seeing everyone and participating again in 2021 in Pacific Grove!

Tim Suddard
Tim Suddard Publisher
8/13/20 1:45 p.m.

ginya91mx5 couldn't have said it better. What a lot of fun andreally cool cars/

cyncrvr New Reader
8/13/20 2:31 p.m.

Congrats to all the winners.................and to all the entrants. What an awesome event and such fun to follow along with.  If you can't be there in person it sure eases the pain a little. Thanks to all the supporters, vendors and CM. See everyome in person next year!!

ginya91mx5 New Reader
8/13/20 2:52 p.m.

In reply to Tim Suddard :

Thanks Tim, and thank you for all your efforts too!

Nancy McCroskey
Nancy McCroskey New Reader
8/13/20 3:15 p.m.

This was really fun and a bright spot in our Virtual Car Week.  There were so many clever entries and beautiful cars.

Thanks so much to Classic Motorsports and all the sponsors and judges for putting this on and for picking my Mini as the best Mini!

We're looking forward to next year - in person in Pacific Grove!

 - Nancy

glkuntz New Reader
8/13/20 3:42 p.m.

What a great idea this was and kudu's to all those that participated with great pictures and clever ideas.

A special thanks to all of the sponsors who contributed even in this time of assuredly reduced sales and reduced budgets.

Thanks to the Classic Motorsports staff for taking this on, job well done.

Last, but by no means least, thanks to Tim Suddard for the great magazines and his tireless contributions to the motorsports hobby. Your boundless energy putting out two magazines, putting on events, attending events, racing, writing articles, and your many restorations inspire all of us mere mortals to find a way to complete our own projects and dream of doing more.

See you in Monterey 2021

Gary Kuntz

230SL New Reader
8/13/20 3:54 p.m.

Thank you for a Great Show, even though it needed to be virtual.  Looks like Monterey is the place to be in 2021 in my 230SL.

John B, Southold, NY

sir_mike New Reader
8/13/20 4:00 p.m.

WOW...never expected anything...Best Oddball British Car...might take objection to that...but since I have owned her for 52yrs.maybe i'm the oddball??? Thanks for a fun virtual event....Mike

jfarris New Reader
8/13/20 5:28 p.m.

Wow!  What a pleasant surprise - thank you eBay Motors.  This contest was a great reason for my wife and I to get out of the house and do something very different. Tim, you and your staff did a great job putting the show together and cajoling some of your long-term partners and friends to sponsor the effort.  Those companies are the folks that help us keep our cars on the road.  Most impressive was the variety, quality, and rarity of the entrants from all over the US and Canada.  My best of show list was about a half dozen other cars, no two from the same marque. Thanks again for a great show, stay calm and drive on!

Because, I'm a right coast sort of guy, I'll see you at that island car event just north of you next March!

rwh_65Healey_NV New Reader
8/13/20 5:37 p.m.

A special thanks to Classic Motorsports and all the sponsors and judges for their efforts to put on such a wonderful event.  Browsing through the entrants made me proud to be a part of such a great community.  Keep all those tires rolling and those smiles shining. smiley

proitchamp New Reader
8/16/20 3:43 a.m.

Thanks for a cool event.

Hope to see you guys at Daytona for a "normal" Rolex 24!!

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