I live in the Central Valley, about 2 1/2 hours from Monterey. I've been a BMWCCA member for 11 years but every August I've had other commitments-- until this year. So I'm wondering what these events are like. Is it just a bunch of people talking about shock absorbers? Are the attendees absolute car nerds? I ask because while I am fairly car centric, my wife is definitely not. She loves the Monterey/ Carmel area but I wonder how much all the car related events make the other activities a problem. I guess what I'm asking is: how are these events for a person who is highly interested in cars but not obsessed, and married to person who is indifferent to cars, more or less?