It's the Monterey Car Week, where some of the most expensive and exclusive cars have ever been shown and auctioned. It's the perfect event to see the car industry legends – and it's practical beg for a heist. This way you can theoretically pull it off.
[ Editor's Note : We obviously do not tolerate or encourage illegal activities such as stealing, pirating and hoisting. This is clean for shits and giggles. The organizers of Pebble Beach Concours did not respond to multiple requests for comment. We can not understand why.
I guess the best thing you can say about the Monterey Car Week is that there is once a year where all worth stealing is gathered on a peninsula that is about 30 square kilometers. You have your Ferraris. You have your Bugattis.
You have assorted other cars so expensive that you did not even know they were cars. Looking for a Siata and a Cisitalia rubbing shoulders? Look for them on Pebble.
Most of the people participating in the competition, in turn, suggest people. LARGE TABLES.
This neighborhood cuts out a lot of work for you, our imagined thief. But everything is right up to the ocean, making it all a natural fenced area. A vacation may seem impossible. Do not worry. There are some challenges, but they also make a few different types of possibilities for the resort.
The first question you need to address is: What are you trying to get away with? You can hug a couple of dozen low-end cars to keep things under the radar, but then you run into a space problem. For all my efforts, I would go for most bang-for-your-money cars. Like vintage Ferraris and Porsches. Like a Ferrari 250 GTO worth over $ 40 million. It's the good shit. To steal only one of them is like stealing 20 cheapo Bugatti Chirons. You will not waste your time with farm cars as as .
Now you will also fine-tune what event you want to be directed to. Throughout the week the whole peninsula is flooded with several million dollar cars, parked up and down the main street of the city. Introducing the sunbathing lawn in Monterey. Rolled before the flock of Instagram bell is affected by various auctions.
To gather some intel, I traveled to an expert in collecting and curing rare and valuable vehicles, which I do not want to mention here, for any information about transportation and viewing expensive cars.
Sportingly they played together.
They did not go into extreme details, but they revealed that most of the contestants regret crowds. LARGE TABLES. Do not trust anyone in this world, not even the person you fall asleep next to at night.
It will decide. Night: It's your window.
A thief may have a chance to get the cars when they are saved before the week starts, my source pointed out, but the problem is that you will risk dealing with private security.
A major weak link in the safety chain occurs at the event itself, when the cars are parked near the lawn the night before an event. During the crucial hours, they are left unattended and supervised by temporary security guards, according to the source.
I traveled to another independent person who has worked the incident afterwards in the past. They confirmed (after a laugh) that the cars were left out in the open at night. Just a security guard or two watches over them. (Unfortunately, we could not confirm with the organizers the true number of weights that patrolled at night duty. We could also not confirm the presence of the seaplane. See if it was too easy, everyone would withdraw this job.)  The most important thing to be aware of , our other source noted, is that the cars get shields to protect them from rain at night or dew in the morning. Not a problem at all.
It will decide. Night: It's your window.
At night, visibility is significantly reduced, and the general public is not allowed in the golf course anymore. The few remaining security guards are easily taken out with soothing blazing art. After that you have to move fast as there is nothing to tell what kind of attention your lack of response will bring.
Here is your map, offered by Pebble Beach Concours. Things like Ferraris are held near the first fairway, a small road inland. It is not too far. Sunday's arrangement is spread over the well-mowed grass in Concours Field, backed by the ocean. We will come to it later.
You can see that there is a rocky bluff that cuts down to the water, but that's it. There is really only one way in or out of the field, which regulates an immediate country holiday. However, be aware of these roads.
Scenario 1: Operation Aqua
The beautiful property at the waterfront is that it provides a clear opportunity for vacation. Plus, when you steal a car, people will assume you've driven off with it.
- A barge that fits four or five cars (or how many you notice)
- Crew for the pram
- A small inflatable motorized fleet
- A mobile docking system extending from the bluff down to the barge
- Six trucks armed with four jacks and dollies
- Three decked car transports with drivers; one inch two filled with regular cars
Place two of the carriage cars near the golf course on the famous 17 Mile Drive. Have the third and the empty one waiting for you at nearby Monastery Beach, about five miles south.
Close the course from Carmel Bay and send the loading devices on the separate smaller fleet so they can land. When they are outside the barge, place the mobile dock on the edge of the bluff.
The country team, which has already been informed of the location of the targets, locates them on grass. First, they support the cars and push the dolls under the wheels.
You can connect the cars and drive them where they need to go, but it's vintage cars, both loud and temperamental. Reduce the risk and get dollies.
Then, like a team, you'll push your first car to the bluff and on the mobile bridge, where the car is locked and slides down on the barge that's waiting (the dock is recorded in a kind of high-friction material to lower the cars). Depending on the distance between the cars and the bluff, you may need to push them a little longer than it is comfortable. But if you're not strong enough to move the cars over that distance, you'll have plenty of time to get a jail in jail.
Repeat this as many times as you have space on the vessel. Cover the cars with the black tarp to minimize their silhouettes. When the barge is full, pull back the dock. The team again controls the fleet and splits up from the main boat to rendezvous at another predetermined location.
Now it's time for your vacation.
Hopefully you have come so far without attracting too much attention. Fortunately for you, most of Pebble Beach has been full since 11.30 in the morning by the free Grand Marnier at the McLaren tent and have not heard much of anything for a while now. Also, the golf course is not exactly right at all, so no one will hear much other than the surf.
But if you've been discovered by someone in their medium-sized daydream-to-night timber phase, that's why you have the first two trucks as decoys. One leads north, one leads east.
These trucks are filled with private cars, yes, but private cars from people who have already paid to ship their cars regardless of the Monterey Car Week. The police will look for the cars you've just stolen on roads or in trailers, so give them something to chase.
Over time, the barge with the cars has the coast southward and moved down to the monastery, where the empty carriage is waiting. Load the cars in it and head to the nearest freeway. Wherever you go and what you choose to do with your newly purchased cars is up to you.
Scenario 2: Operation Caeli
Perhaps Scenario 1 moves a bit too slowly for you, maybe it requires a little too much manual labor. This is what you need for Scenario 2:
- Turn on regular cars on tarps covered
- Crew of four
- Steel Cables
- Any kind of festive platform to attach under the car and to the cables
- ] Lastfly
This plan is fast, dirty and high.
Fly over the course and drop down your crew. You already have four steel cables hanging from the belly of the abdomen. If you have a good Sikorsky, you have a slung payload capacity of a solid 36,000 pound. Keep it over the first car while the crew slides the platform under the car's rocker panels, ensuring the wheels to the platform so it does not roll and fasten on the other side. Pull the cables by about 10 feet and do the same with the next cars. Depending on how much cable you brought, you should have a stack of four or five cars when done. The crew rides with the last two cars.
This must be done fort do you understand me? Choppers make a lot of noise, noise that is not masked by the ocean. Fortunately, choppers are quick too, as you are not hindered by traffic or tide. Meanwhile, it is now time to use the barge as a decoder to extract some of the heat from the helicopter.
Besides the obvious Monterey Regional Airport, which is the first airport that the police will check, you have five airports within about 50 kilometers of the golf course. Of these five I will lean towards Clark Ranch Airport, as it seems to be the smallest. You want your medium-sized airplane waiting there.
Cut the airline officials to see the other way while loading the cars into the cargo plane while another team spray paints the chopper to another color and writes about the serial number. Leave this in a hangar for a good, long while the mess blows over. Fly the cargo plane to the indefinite, secret location you choose.
Scenario 3: Operation Biohazard
Now, the two scenarios will work well for the other cars and events, the fields into the night with completely misplaced trust in their surroundings.
But the most important event is Concours Elegance on the 18th hole of the Pebble Beach golf course, right on the water. This is Sunday-only convicted event, the classy. And for you, a great criminal, this is the one to beat.
For many of these events, the cars are driven into place in a kind of parade. It is complete peacock behavior and you must take advantage of it. Everyone travels on either side of the road to see them drive past. This is an excellent opportunity to expand what is there and choose your goals.
In the case of Concours, you have what is called Dawn Patrol when all the cars put on the golf course before sunrise. Crowds are tight and everyone is groggy because it's hard for them to find out where the help is with the coffee. This makes hanging around the unnoticed easy. You do not even need a disguise! Notice where everything is parked.
How do you get into the big daylight with millions of dollars to precious cars and surrounded by spectators, the rich and the social climbers? Well, we dropped an expert. We called Dan Ott, a car thief who has stolen over 1000 cars during his lifetime, according to a very excellent feature in the Cleveland Scene.
"It would work," Ott said. "Today, everybody thinks everything is a terrorist."
Do not doubt that Ott is legitimate. The Cleveland scene noted that over 50 years Ott had two points in federal prison, four in state prison and countless others in local prisons.
Ott has hunted cars from performances and events before. Earlier, the way he would do that way was that he was there when they looked up and looked at how the cars were taken. The cars were not driven most of the time, but instead they were pulled in by closed trailers. When the trailer gave the car, they would be parked somewhere outside the spot while the show occurred.
Ott would go and take down the information from the truck he might need. On the last day of the performance, it would generally be that the car would be loaded onto the trailer, and the owner would leave it somewhere, as in the original collection area, and go to the clubhouse or restaurant or something afterwards. Ott would then take the entire truck or trailer, drive it somewhere tucked away and load the goods on its own trailer.
When it comes to pulling a hoist in a place like Pebble, "it's always possible," he said. "Some are harder than others."
He took a few days to think about it and called me back.
Because there are no night opportunities to tear off Concours Elegance, Ott would have a closed car trailer (or two) and hide it as a local hazmat truck. Rent some people to form security and create disruption with something big, like a smoke bomb. Get it safe to tell everyone that it's a biohazard and evacuate the area.
Your team, dressed as authorities and rolled up in an autoritative truck, goes in to "investigate" the problem while you really loose truck up with the cars. You may need to drop another smoke bomb to reduce public visibility. When done, just roll out with sirens on. The traffic actually comes out of your way.
"It would work," Ott said. "Today, everybody thinks everything is a terrorist."
You may wonder why someone would care to steal cars and not other types of valuable items, like paintings. Cars are difficult to transport, and they are usually quite difficult to explain, especially the very rare ones.
The simple answer is: You will be surprised at how often this actually happens.
James Dean's Little Bastard Porsche 550 Spyder disappeared mysteriously in 1960 when it was transported from Miami to Los Angeles. And one of the Aston Martin DB5 stars starred in Goldfinger was heisted in 1997, and has not been seen since (although rumors have arisen in the Middle East). Hell, a Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing was just stolen recently.
Tell me what if you pull a heist like this one way or another and do not go to prison, I will not even have a cut of the money. Just say you got away with it because of these instructions.
It's all validation I need.