Audi Club made a big splash at our first year participation in 2012 Legends of the Autobahn. This event, drawing over 1500 guests and 400 historic, show and owner cars, was held on this past August at the beautiful Rancho Canada Golf Course in Carmel Valley, CA.
The event coincided with the famous annual Monterey Motorsports Weekend that began in 1950. Thousands of international car enthusiasts descended to this usually quiet and quaint city by the sea to take part in the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
Legends of the Autobahn is a relatively young event. It began in 2009 as a BMW only event. Today with Audi Club NA presence, the event covered four German brands: Audi, BMW, Mercedes and Porsche. German car manufacturers take this event seriously because this is the best place to connect with the most passionate car enthusiasts. This year, BMW displayed its newest BMW Zagato prototype on the main stage.
Despite the fact that this was Golden Gate’s first event, a positive impression was made. Audi Club members showed their beloved cars. The new RS5, TT RS and S6 were placed in a very prominent location at the entrance of the corral. Furthermore, thanks to Audi Tradition and Audi of America, the legendary Audi Sport quattro Pikes Peak S1 was flown from Germany and displayed next to the main stage, accompanied by 1998 Audi 200 Trans Am and 1992 Audi S4 GTO race cars. The two latter cars belong to Steve Zlotkin of EuroSpec Sports & Overland Parts in Gilroy, CA.
The darling Audi car of this event was a meticulously restored 1959 Auto Union belonging to Byron Brill of Menlo Park, CA. Also, in the corral, there were about 40 Audi Club member cars, including a few masterfully refurbished Ur quattros and some modified cars with various racing-grade components.
Throughout the beautiful sunny California day, our brand new Audi Club tent and flags supplied by Audi of America drew many visitors—not only club members but club prospects. They were new Audi owners but they were not new to German cars. We exchanged stories and appreciation of Audi driving experiences and technologies.
After the show, we helped Audi Tradition team load up the S1 to a specially designed truck that was headed to Los Angeles International Airport. The next stop for the S1—Switzerland!
We could not stop talking about what we would do next year and hope to see many of you at 2013 Legends of the Autobahn!