Twenty-five years ago, Gordon and Molly McCall had some friends over in their shop by the Monterey Airport to celebrate the coming Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Now McCall continues that tradition, although 25 years later the party is bigger than ever with a few more people. The McCalls estimate they’ve since hosted over 50,000 people on that Wednesday before Pebble, a mighty leap from the handful of close friends who were there in 1992. This year the party included motorsports royalty: Dan Gurney, Wayne Rainey, Eddie Lawson, Bob Bondurant, Danny Sullivan and Bobby Rahal.
Since that first event in 1992, McCall throws a lavish event packed with rare cars and planes to officially start Monterey Car Week. Now in its 25th year we made our first trip to the show to enjoy the party. Inside the Monterey Jet Center, new vehicles from Acura, McLaren and Alfa Romeo stood alongside handcrafted custom cars. Eye-catchers included Aquarius, a polished aluminum French-deco-inspired creation that Carlsbad designer Rick Dore built for Metallica musician James Hetfield. In a word, it’s marvelous.
At one side of the tarmac, jet fanciers stood in line to get a peek inside a custom-crafted Gulfstream. At another side, vintage aircraft fans stood in line to sit inside a 1950s DC-3A that had been outfitted with a modern, custom.
Between them were collections of vintage E9 BMW sports cars, E-type Jaguars, aircraft from Pilatus, a desert storm trooper from US Speciatly Vehicles, concept vehicles from Toyota and new vehicles from Koenigsegg and Pagani.
When it came to two wheels at one side of the Motorworks Revival hangar stood a collection of vintage Norton motorcycles, including a Manx racer from McCall’s private collection. Across the way, a pair of gleaming new KRGT-1 motorcycles, from Keanu Reeves’ Arch Motorcycles, attracted two-wheeler fans.
Now we just look forward to another 25 years of the Motorworks Revival.