Legends of the Autobahn: No shortage of icons in sight

Photography by Tim Murray

Story by Tim Murray

More than 200 cars from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz graced the fairways of the Pacific Grove Golf Links on a sunny Thursday leading up to the Monterey Concours d'Elegance. 

This is a very cool, laid-back event with both judged sections and a non-judged corral, and there was a great mix of vintage and modern cars throughout all three marques. 

For the Audi crowd, an immaculate NSU Prinz 1600 and a rare NSU Ro80 framed an array of more modern machines.  Audi also brought two vintage racers, the championship-winning 1988 Audi 200 Trans Am car and the 1989 IMSA GTO runner-up Audi 90 quattro. 

A little further up the hill, the BMW group was not to be outdone with an incredible array of classic Bimmers mixing it up with more modern 3 through 8 Series cars as well as Z and M Roadsters and coupes.  There was even an M1 in attendance.  The German-class winner at Tuesday’s Classic Motorsports Monterey Kickoff presented by Hagerty was there as well.

The Mercedes-Benz participants sat at the top of the hill and, appropriately, there was a fantastic collection of ’50s and ’60s cars from all series.  The 300 SL adjacent to the 2005 SLR McLaren made for an incredible juxtaposition of old and new, and it was hard to determine which car was more popular: The crowd was equally thick around both. 

The newer cars were also there in force with a colorful array of C, CLS and E-class coupes accompanying a large gathering of GTs and even some G-wagons. 

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