It’s widely agreed by American car enthusiasts that we got the short end of the stick – it almost always feels as though our friends across the ocean – in all directions – got better cars that we did. Whether it was emissions, crash test regulations, or simply market demand, the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s provided unparalleled allure for cars afar. However, as the saying goes: “We always want what we can’t have,” and the same rings true for car enthusiasts around the world.
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.