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Social start
For over 20 years now, the McCall Motorworks Revival hosted by the Monterey Jet Center has served as the social start of the action-packed motoring week on the Monterey Peninsula. Commonly referred to as the 'Jet Center Party', the event opens its doors late on Wednesday afternoon and treats the 3,000 visitors to some of the vehicles that will star later in the week and a selection of the finest wines and food the area has to offer. An exclusive group of luxury manufacturers is also on hand to demonstrate their products ranging from for example Breitling watches, to Bombardier private jets and of course a choice of supercar manufacturers. Another crowd favourite is the display of classic airplanes, which this edition included a B25 Mitchell and a P51 Mustang. This unique combination of premium exhibitors and the finest food and drinks provides the ideal backdrop to become re-acquainted with friends most only see once a year.
Always keen on visiting a party, our photographers were on hand to capture and also sample the highlights of this year's McCall Motorworks Revival. This has resulted in this 70-shot gallery.

New supercars
This year a larger than ever before selection of supercar manufacturers displayed their latest models at the Monterey Jet Center. Aston Martin showed their all-new Vanquish for the first time. The British company also showed a stripped down version alongside the show car, to display the sophisticated and very light chassis, which combines the familiar aluminium structure with many aluminium components. Italian manufacturer Lamborghini also had a strong presence, showing off the recent Urus and Seste Elemento concept cars. Additionally, they also had two limited edition Gallardo models on the 'tarmac'. Despite being finished in a deep black, Hennessey's latest Venom GT also grabbed a lot of attention. This particular car is the only Spyder built to date and was commissioned by Aerosmith lead singer Stephen Tyler. Other supercar manufacturers of note present were the likes of Koenigsegg, Pagani and Ferrari. Taking centre stage on the tarmac was Lexus with a large display that included the LF-A sports car and the latest generation LS.

Barrett Jackson Salon Collection
Event founder and host Gordon McCall is a man of many talents; two of his road race bicycles were also displayed at the Jet Center. He is also a noted classic car expert and after spells at Christie's and Bonhams, he has recently joined Barrett-Jackson to head the auctioneeer's new 'Salon Collection' department. Aimed at the top end of the market, the Salon Collection vehicles will take centre stage at Barrett-Jackson's traditional auctions. A notable difference will be that most of these cars will be offered with a reserve. To mark the occasion and to provide a look ahead of what can be expected at the signature Scottsdale sale in January, Barrett-Jackson displayed several cars across the venue. Among them was a rare 1967 Ford Shelby Mustang prototype, which was officially known as the 'EXP500' but is today better known as the 'Green Hornet'. The one-off machine was the pet project of Shelby American chief engineer Fred Gooddell and Carroll Shelby himself. Other Salon Collection cars on display were a lovely Bugatti Type 38 and a majestic Duesenberg J.

Carroll Shelby remembered
The recent passing of Carroll Shelby and the 50th anniversary anniversary of his Cobra was also marked at the Monterey Jet Center. Fittingly, the very last car to arrive was the original Cobra prototype, which had always been part of the late Carroll Shelby's private collection. Still fitted with the original '260' Ford V8, it is certainly one of the most original Cobras still in existence. Not quite original but still very impressive was the line up of the Peter Brock sanctioned Superformance Cobra Daytona Coupes at one corner of the show field. Sixteen examples were expected but our count was closer to twenty. After creating the Cobra, Shelby was tasked by Ford to support the GT40 project. Fittingly two very interesting examples of this equally legendary machine were lined up at the edge of the hangar. The earliest of the two was the very first GT40 built for use on the road but like many of the cars built to this specification, it was later used for racing. Finished in an understated green with silver stripes, it was one of the stars of the event. Behind it was a much brighter example that was one of the very last off the line. Featuring wide fenders and a '302' V8, this GT40 was similar in specification to the Gulf-liveried 1968 and 1969 Le Mans winner.

Final thoughts
The 21st McCall Motorworks Revival was once again a treat for all involved. With wines provided by the Bernardus lodge and great food, highlighted by fabulous sushi, there is little that can go wrong. What really matters to us, of course, is the quality of cars on display and there was little wrong with that either. In addition to the aforementioned, the Jet Center Party, for example, also boasted the earliest Sting Ray Corvette in existence but also a lovely little Lancia Appia with streamlined Zagato bodywork. All this and much more can be found in our 70-shot gallery.

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Report by Wouter Melissen and images by Pieter Melissen and Wouter Melissen for Ultimatecarpage.com