Gooding & Co: TLP Goes Gawking
We began our Car Week invasion with a trip over to the Gooding & Company Auction at Pebble Beach, early on Friday, to catch a preview of the cars up for auction over the weekend. We've covered lots of Car Week events over the years but this was our first foray into the the world of auctions. Our past auction experience has seen us relegated to peeking through the fences at the various auctions in Downtown Monterey. That was definitely not the case this year. Our first legitimate auction experience was at one of the world's most prestigious events.
Would we be spotted for the common plebs we are, or could we blend in as elite automotive journalist that sprinkle our conversation with words like "provenance" or "heritage?" It seems that the ruse worked as we inconspicuously mingled among the small morning crowd and even took advantage of the complimentary espresso bar (Thank you Gooding and Chubb Insurance...it's the little things). Properly caffeinated and accepted into the inner circle of elite auctions, we set about to document and incredible line-up of rolling works of art.
Gooding is well known for their Pebble Beach Auctions with offerings that typically bring together cars with amazing stories and atmospheric prices. We were rendered speechless (which doesn't happen too often) at the door as we were greeted by two magnificent gleaming silver Ferraris, a 250 GT California and a 1962 250 GT SWB. This set the stage for a morning of wandering through an automotive field of dreams that we haven't quite stopped talking about yet.
Here are a few highlights: