I’ve heard my fair share of tales of car ownership, and up until recently, I’d have said “I’ve heard it all.” Stories ranging from lucky back-yard finds that cost little more than a 6-pack of beer, to long cons, with enthusiasts spending years convincing others to let go of their prized vehicles. Anthony Herrera, however, begins his story a bit differently than most.
It’s the weekend I count down to every summer. The Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion marks the end of summer for me, and it’s the race that I look forward to the most. Sharing a spot on the calender amidst an ever-growing list of automotive events that celebrate classic automobiles across the Monterey Bay area, the Motorsport Reunion acts as a beacon for Californian enthusiasts.
The word “craftsman” is thrown around casually in today’s society. It’s stamped on tools and used all over television. Things are processed and assembled at a furious rate as manufacturers race their competitors to the bottom line. There is a whole generation wandering aimlessly through alleys of mediocrity built by a culture of that expediency.
As Unitronic, the official sponsor of Southern Wörthersee puts it, “Our inspiration for Southern Wörthersee is to bring together cars and fans of these beloved marques in a truly authentic European atmosphere.”
What they have done is just that.
It was nearly two years ago that sheer chance lead me to a secluded shop in Southern California. Behind unsuspecting doors sat an assortment of classic BMWs, unparalleled by any collection I had seen before. Dozens of cars, ranging from classic touring sedans to vintage race coupes, sat fender-to-fender, and any empty space between them was sure to be occupied by an equally impressive parts collection.