One executive told me that his company would only display at Pebble because he found the food vendors at Laguna Seca to be an affront to his style and manner. So his company spent hundreds of thousands of dollars pitching sports cars that sat motionless on the grass or in tents. Meanwhile, a fine example from the same marque, built decades earlier, was warming up in the paddock a short distance away. A small crowd gathered, waiting for the driver to put it in gear and head out for the pre-grid for his race. Pebble is a museum, like planes of fame. Monterey is a fly-over. Both events are capable of generating emotion, but for a car guy, it's the motion that matters, not the marketing.

Shock Settings will be going on hiatus as I will be focusing more on the sporting side of ec culture. Good things are in the works.

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