Just an FYI
I was booking hotels for the rally. While most the of rate are typical, everything in Santa Cruz is on the "God Damn" end of the scale. It only gets worse the closer to Monterey you look.
So I booked us at the Days Inn Convention Center in San Jose. It's ~30 miles north of Santa Cruz. So the drive down to Monterey will take about an extra half hour, but whats an 30 min in a 1500 mile 4 day road trip.
Yeah, having paid what you so eloquently call "God damn" prices to stay at a perfectly average Holiday Inn Express in Santa Cruz, I reached my tipping point when trying to park near the check-in for the rally that night.
Despite having paid for a weeks worth of hotel rooms, and a Jag-sized tank of high test every morning, paying $15 to park literally anywhere within two miles of the boardwalk was TOO FN MUCH and I checked in by sending Steve a pic of the placard on the hotel room door. Close enough.
Monterey car week seems like it would be Mecca for a gearhead but it just felt like the world's most expensive traffic jam.
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Judges Choice and Regional Award winner! Chuckwalla '12, Buttonwillow '13, BFE GP '15, Miller '14 & '15, Sonoma '13,'14,'15,'17. Inde '16,17. Other foolishness: Finisher of the inaugural Lemons Rally, in the black Jag.... and IOE in the Super Snipe back in '12.