Monterey Car Week: Paradise for car lovers

1938 Phantom Corsair at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
1938 Phantom Corsair at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

There are certain places and events that the car-obsessed simply must see in their lifetimes. And Monterey Car Week, which culminates in the famous Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and the Monterey Motor Sports Reunion, is one of these pilgrimage-worthy events. Monterey Car Week 2017 takes place August 11 through August 20 (technically more than a week, but no one’s complaining) in and around Monterey, California. We’ve outlined some of the week’s biggest and best events below – if you have a chance to go, don’t miss it!

Monterey Car Week Kick-Off

Friday, August 11

1929 Duesenberg J Murphy Convertible Coupe at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
1929 Duesenberg J Murphy Convertible Coupe at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Car Week gets rolling with this classic car show on Alvarado Street in historic Old Monterey. Check out classic race cars, meet their drivers, and enjoy live music.

Monterey Pre-Reunion

Saturday and Sunday, August 12-13

1939 Maserati 4CL at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
1939 Maserati 4CL at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is one of the biggest events of Car Week, but the Pre-Reunion is pretty amazing, too. More than 300 classic race cars (1947-1991) will be competing at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Salinas, and you can even walk through the paddock to see the teams working in the pits.

Concours on the Avenue

Tuesday, August 15

1956 Alfa Romeo 1900CC SS Coupe at Concours on the Avenue in Carmel-by-the-Sea
1967 Ferrari 330 GTS at Concours on the Avenue in Carmel-by-the-Sea

Take a scenic drive to beautiful Carmel-by-the-Sea, for eighteen blocks of collector cars and other surprises – luxury cars, muscle cars, hot rods, and more. More than 175 cars will be on display and if you need a break, there’s also plenty of great shopping, galleries, and restaurants.

Collector car auctions

Wednesday-Saturday, August 16-19

Ferrari P4/5 at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
Ferrari P4/5 at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
  • RM Sotheby’s – Monterey
  • Russo and Steele – Monterey
  • Gooding & Company – Pebble Beach

Preview the amazing cars that will be up for sale before the auctions, or attend the actual auctions themselves for a look at all the excitement.

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Thursday-Sunday, August 17-20

Shelby Cobra 289 Dragonsnake at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
Shelby Cobra 289 Dragonsnake at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

In Car Week’s largest and possibly most exciting event, more than 500 classic race cars from pre-1940 through 1984 will be competing in a variety of racing events. Admission includes the paddock, where you can watch the pit crews working on cars before the races. Cars are invited to compete based on authenticity, racing provenance, and period correctness.

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Sunday, August 20

1928 Bentley 4½ litre Vanden Plas Le Mans Tourer “Birkin Blower 3” at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
1928 Bentley 4½ litre Vanden Plas Le Mans Tourer “Birkin Blower 3” at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

What to expect: The finest collector cars the world in one of the world’s most stunning settings. Two hundred of the most elegant cars in the world will be displayed on the 18th fairway at the Pebble Beach Golf Links. Cars are judged for historical accuracy, technical merit, and style. Each year’s event has different areas of focus, and 2017’s event will feature American Dream Cars of the 1960s, Ferrari Major Race Winners, and Castagna Coachwork, among others.

If you want a free preview of the Concours vehicles, the Concours d’Elegance Drive happens on Thursday, August 17. Cars depart Pebble Beach at 9 am and finish on Ocean Avenue in Carmel-by-the-Sea, where they can be seen from noon-2 pm.

Maybach Exelero at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
Maybach Exelero at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

These are just a few of the events that make up Monterey Car Week. Want to go? See a full list of Monterey Car Week Events

Also check out Monterey Car Week on a Shoestring for the best free Car Week events, including the Councours d’LeMons, featuring famous lemons like Pacers, Pintos, Gremlins, and more.

Photos by: Rex Gray, Craig Howell (2, 7), James Bond, Chad Kainz, Simon Davison (5, 872Dino

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