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MONTEREY – Christopher Dyer first saw his dream car – a 1975 Ferrari Dino 308 GT4 – in 1987. Just 17 at the time, he remembers seeing the vehicle’s unusual wedge-shaped chassis , recognizable only by his iconic stallion logo, and believed he would own this car one day.

Well, a day has come nearly 35 years later, a feat he commemorated Friday at the 2022 Monterey Classic Car Week opening event, the Concours in Pasadera.

“It’s been a lifelong dream for me,” said Dyer, now 52, ​​showing off his fir-green 1975 Ferrari.

  • A 1975 Ferrari Dino 308 GT4, owned by Christopher Dyer, is one of more than 100 vehicles on display at the 2022 Concours in Pasadera on Friday, Aug. 12 at the Club at Pasadera in Monterey. (Tess Kenny/Monterey Herald)

  • Exhibitor Christopher Dyer previews his 1975...

    Exhibitor Christopher Dyer takes a closer look at his 1975 Ferrari Dino 308 GT4 at this year’s Concours in Pasadera on Friday August 12 in Monterey. (Tess Kenny/Monterey Herald)

  • A 1948 Ford Super Deluxe Woody Wagon owned by Arthur...

    A 1948 Ford Super Deluxe Woody Wagon, owned by Arthur “Skip” Cook, is one of more than 100 vehicles on display at the 2022 Concours in Pasadera on Friday, Aug. 12 at the Club at Pasadera in Monterey. (Tess Kenny/Monterey Herald)

  • The Pasadera contest kicked off Monterey Classic Car Week...

    The Concours at Pasadera kicked off Monterey Classic Car Week 2022 on Friday, August 12 at the Club at Pasadera in Monterey. (Tess Kenny/Monterey Herald)

  • The Pasadera Concours opened the 2022 Monterey Classic Car Week...

    The Pasadera Concours opened the 2022 Monterey Classic Car Week with a diverse display of automobiles dating back to the 1940s on Friday, August 12 at the Pasadera Club in Monterey. (Tess Kenny/Monterey Herald)

  • Christopher Dyer bought and restored his 1975 Ferrari Dino 308...

    Christopher Dyer purchased and restored his 1975 Ferrari Dino 308 GT4 for a total cost of $65,000. The self-proclaimed car enthusiast even found the car’s original license plate holder to complete its authenticity. (Tess Kenny/Monterey Herald)

  • The Pasadera Concours opened the 2022 Monterey Classic Car Week...

    The Concours in Pasadera opened Monterey Classic Car Week 2022 with a diverse display of automobiles, including models of Corvettes, Porsches and even a few wooded wagons (Tess Kenny/Monterey Herald)

  • For its fourth edition, the Pasadera Competition presented a...

    For its fourth edition, the Pasadera Concours featured a center court celebrating Ferrari, along with the coachbuilders responsible for the automaker’s acclaimed looks over the decades, on Friday, August 12 at the Pasadera Club in Monterey. (Tess Kenny/Monterey Herald)

Dyer’s car award was one of more than 100 cars included in Friday’s Concours. Hosted by The Club at Pasadera, just a few miles from WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, the launch celebration included a diverse display of automobiles dating back to the 1940s. Models of Corvettes, Porsches — and even a few wooded wagons — populated the grounds , Ferrari forming the central brand in honor of the manufacturer’s 75th anniversary.

Although he’s been searching for a Dino 308 GT4 since he was a teenager, Dyer only realized his aspiration about 10 months ago. After years of searching for an affordable option, he finally found the car, in red, for $50,000. With some necessary repairs applied, as well as a coat of its original color, Dyer restored the Ferrari at a total cost of $65,000.

It was completed the day before the Pasadera Competition.

“I literally picked it up at the store (Thursday),” Dyer said, praising his fresh paint job. “My guys are really good. They said they would do it in time, and they did, but it was stressful.

The fulfillment comes just in time, not just for Friday’s event, but for the rest of Classic Car Week. In an upcoming appearance, Dyer’s Dino 308 GT4 will be on display at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance next Sunday.

“It’s incredibly special,” Dyer said. “I never, in my entire life, thought that I would own a car that was on Pebble Beach. … To get this honor, I’m just blown away. I don’t have words to adequately describe it.

As Dyer contemplated the culminating event, the Pasadera Contest looked back.

A 1966 Sunbeam Tiger M1, owned by Monterey Classic Car Week regular Dane Conklin, is one of more than 100 vehicles on display at the 2022 Concours in Pasadera on Friday, Aug. 12 at the Club at Pasadera in Monterey.  (Tess Kenny/Monterey Herald)
A 1966 Sunbeam Tiger M1, owned by Monterey Classic Car Week regular Dane Conklin, is one of more than 100 vehicles on display at the 2022 Concours in Pasadera on Friday, Aug. 12 at the Club at Pasadera in Monterey. (Tess Kenny/Monterey Herald)

Polite but relatively understated, the opening affair was designed as a testament to the early days of the Concours d’Elegance, before Classic Car Week grew to span 10 days and attract over 85,000 visitors to the Monterey Peninsula.

“It’s become denser from the point of view that there’s a lot going on,” said Tony Singer, an exhibitor on Friday. Classic Car Week “serves a lot of people in different ways. … (But the Contest in Pasadera) is a great kick-off. I like that, relatively speaking, it’s more laid back. There are not many people. It’s just a nice way to start 10 very eventful days.

Singer brought his 1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GT to this year’s Pasadera parade. While he already owned five similar models, Singer said he “had to have” the 246 GT.

“One word: balance. It’s the right combination of performance, brakes, handling and good noises,” he said. “It’s just a spectacular car.”

“And he looks sexy,” added car enthusiast Lynne Boyd, seated next to Singer in her red Ferrari.

Both Classic Car Week regulars since the 1990s and local residents since the early 2000s, Boyd and Singer have known each other for years. On Friday, the pair spent the afternoon browsing other attendees on the court. When asked what caught his eye, Singer nodded to the 1967 Apollo GT Coupe and the 1966 Ferrari 330 2+2 a few yards away.

“These two racing Ferraris are out of this world,” said Singer, who is also the founder of longtime Classic Car Week exhibit Automobilia Monterey. “…I think (the organisers) have chosen good cars to be here.”

The fourth annual contest in Pasadera was held earlier Friday afternoon from 2-6 p.m.  The cars on display celebrated Ferrari in honor of the manufacturer's 75th anniversary (Molly Gibbs - Monterey Herald).
The fourth annual contest in Pasadera was held earlier Friday afternoon from 2-6 p.m. The cars on display celebrated Ferrari in honor of the manufacturer’s 75th anniversary (Molly Gibbs – Monterey Herald).

Elsewhere in the exhibition courtyard, Concours at Pasadera founder Rick Barnett offered a broader takeaway from the 2022 edition of the event: its variety.

Determined to salute a wider Ferrari culture, rather than a name alone, Friday’s event also promoted the automaker’s design houses: Pininfarina, Ghia, Bertone, Scaglietti, Zagato and other coachbuilders responsible for bodywork of the automaker over the decades. This meant that Ferrari and non-Ferrari automobiles designed by common coachbuilders made up the display.

“The fact that in this center court there is an MG B-GT, which probably has a market value of $40,000, and then right behind me there is this beautiful Testarossa which is worth between $60 and $80 million, and yet there is a common denominator,” Barnet said. “Both cars had their bodywork designed by Pininfarina. … It’s exciting, and it’s completely different. Then, as participants, we get to see these museum-quality cars all together in one place.

Taking in the maze of nearby automotive history, Melissa Jones echoed Barnett’s praise.

“You don’t have to be a car enthusiast to enjoy being here,” said Jones, a part-time Carmel resident and Club member in Pasadera. “It’s such a fabulous place.”

And it’s getting bigger. Throughout the venue, oscillating between the Corvette Corvette and Alumni categories of the event, Pasadera Executive Chris Laver said, “We’re taking small steps every year and we’re growing.

Laver, alongside Barnett, was instrumental in creating the Concours in Pasadera, which was first held in 2019. Imagining the possibilities ahead, Laver said he believes “this event, in the next three to five years is going to be amazing.”

“We’re kicking off car week,” he continued. “It’s the very first event. We’re starting Monterey Car Week at the Club at Pasadera. Saying that phrase and making that phrase your own has a lot of responsibility. We have to kick it off right. That’s what we do, and that will continue to improve year after year.”

Joe Schubert (left) and David Marsh, local residents since the early 2000s, walk through the vehicles featured at this year's Concours in Pasadera on Friday, August 12 at the Club at Pasadera in Monterey.  (Tess Kenny/Monterey Herald)
Joe Schubert (left) and David Marsh, local residents since the early 2000s, walk through the vehicles featured at this year’s Concours in Pasadera on Friday, August 12 at the Club at Pasadera in Monterey. (Tess Kenny/Monterey Herald)
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