Nearly everyone has heard of the legendary Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the world-class event that combines classic car gazing with sipping champagne. But there’s a host of automotive amazement preceding the August 18 Concours that ranges from funky and free, like Concours d’Lemons, to McCall’s Motorworks Revival and the Quail Motorsports Gathering—events so exclusive they’re consistently sold out.
Friday, August 9
5 pm – 7 pm | This year, Classic Car Week is off to a roaring start with vintage race cars gathering in Downtown Monterey. The car show and live jazz entertainment are free.
Saturday & Sunday, August 10 – 11
Pre-Reunion at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca is where vintage racers practice for the following long weekend’s Rolex Motorsports Reunion. It’s a great venue for enthusiasts on a budget, since streets are still not jammed, hotels reasonable, and many of the same cars that race the next weekend are on the track and in the paddock. Spectator admission is $40 each day or $70 for the weekend.
Tuesday, August 13
10 am — 5 pm | Concours on the Avenue in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea may be the best free car show on the planet. Not only are the classic vehicles great, Carmel’s Ocean Avenue shops, restaurants, and coffee houses are open, traffic is manageable, and even lodging is relatively reasonable. FREE Admission
3 pm — 7 pm | Classic Motorsports Kickoff Car Show and Cruise in Pacific Grove on Lighthouse Avenue is a nice stroll and a town with friendly natives and good food. It’s a lot like the car show in your own suburban downtown that you may have missed on Independence Day. FREE Admission
Thursday through Sunday, August 15 – 18
Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is an iconic event that has grown into a motorsports phenomenon. Spectators are able to mingle with racers in the paddock area as they take in a variety of racing, from horseless carriages to Formula One. The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) celebrates its 30th Anniversary this year. Admission for all four days is $170. Daily admission varies from $70 to $110.
12 pm – 2 pm | Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance ends its classic car drive from the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center to Ocean Avenue in downtown Carmel. It’s a great preview of top Pebble Beach Concours cars. FREE Admission
Father and Son autophiles participate in Monterey Classic Car Week
Woodside resident and Gentry reader Dick DeLuna is a life-long car enthusiast, an avid car collector, racer, and concours honorary judge. Shawn DeLuna, president and CEO of the company his dad founded (Collection Bureau of America, Ltd), shares that passion and both will celebrate with participation in Monterey’s major events this year.
Dick will drive his rare 1925 Bentley 3-4 1/2 up from Los Angeles to Monterey with a group of classic Bentley owners celebrating the marque’s 100th Anniversary. DeLuna’s Bentley will appear at McCall’s Motorsports Revival on Wednesday, The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering on Friday, and on the lawn at Pebble Beach on Sunday.
That might be more than enough for most celebrants, but both Dick and Shawn will also compete at WeatherTech Raceway for the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. Dick will drive his wonderful Hall Scott vintage racer while Shawn competes in his race-prepared MGA.
We’ll be rooting for them both!
Friday, August 16
10 am – 4 pm | The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering maintains its stature as one of the week’s premier events by including a luxury experience for all guests. This year, organizing consultant Gordon McCall has highlighted the 70th anniversary of the iconic VW microbus with a display of a dozen prime examples on the field. And memorable movie cars will also mix with wonderful vehicles from the classic era as well as ultra-luxury new car displays.
7 am – 4 pm | Werks Reunion, A Porsche Gathering returns to the Corral de Tierra Country Club in Salinas. FREE Admission
8 am – 3 pm | For Legends of the Autobahn, the Club at Pasadera is this year’s destination for vintage German cars, primarily Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz along with Borgward, Auto Union, and other relatively obscure German cars on the field. This year Legends has partnered with RADwood to bring period-correct attire to the field. FREE Admission with a parking fee of $25.
12 pm – 4:30 | pm At Pacific Grove Concours and Auto Rally, classic cars gather on Lighthouse Avenue in Pacific Grove before departing on a rally-style drive. Shelby Cobra is the featured marque this year. FREE Admission
Saturday, August 17
9:30 am – 4 pm | Concorso Italiano is a legendary celebration of all things Italian: food, wine, fashion, and especially stylish sports cars. This year’s show will stage nearly 1,000 vehicles at the Black Horse Golf Course, cementing the 34-year-old Concours as the largest Italian car show in the country. Admission $190 – $510
10 am – 1:30 pm | Concours d’Lemons is the antidote to the overload of high automotive fashion that car enthusiasts have endured all week. You’ll laugh out loud at some of the entrants. Bring a camera! FREE Admission
Sunday, August 18
10:30 am – 5 pm | For the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, an ambitious lineup of honored marques this year are Bentley and Zagato’s celebration of 100 years, Bugatti Grand Prix and Touring cars, and historic Hot Rod “Cover Cars.” It’s a first-class automotive history immersion, and the event that brings classic cars and spectators from around the world. Admission $375 – $825
Sunday, August 18
Outside the venerable Lodge at Pebble Beach and the Concours field, there’s an amazing collection of concept and one-off cars on the lawn that fronts The Lodge. Stroll up 17 Mile Drive to the Peter Hayes Hill where major luxury carmakers have great displays. Then walk over to Cypress on the other side of the field and visit the Mercedes-Benz pavilion. Best way to get there is to park in nearby Pacific Grove and use your favorite ride share app. FREE Admission
Concours & Cocktails at Santa Lucia Preserve
The whole Monterey Carmel area gets into the spirit of Monterey Motor Week. One of the most exclusive and highly anticipated gatherings takes place in Carmel Valley on August 15 at the private community of Santa Lucia Preserve. The Preserve’s members and their guests celebrate “Car Week” by showcasing their most prized and adored vehicles among friends. The evening also includes top wine and cuisine with live music.
For more information about Santa Lucia Preserve properties, call Lisa Guthrie at 831.238.5725 or email [email protected].