AUGUST 11 – 20, 2017
The annual migration of every car nut, horse power junkie, and finest classic car connoisseur occurs each year in August. Where might they all head you ask? Well, if you have to ask then you definitely are missing out, but we’ll let you into the secret, its Monterey, California. For over a five decades, Monterey, California is flooded with the finest collector automobiles imaginable for a week’s worth of concours, parties, auto shows, auctions and more. To say you need to clone yourself in order to hit all the events is an understatement. Yet, for those of you overachievers, we’ve compiled a list of all the events happening to give you a running start.
But the Concours is only the final event in a packed week celebrating the classic automobile! All over Monterey County, classic cars take to streets, golf courses, parks, and the world-renowned Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, surrounding visitors with automobiles from yesteryear.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 11
MONTEREY CAR WEEK KICK-OFF
Monterey Car Week officially kicks off on Alvarado Street in Old Monterey on Friday, August 11 from 5pm-7pm. Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca hosts this free classic car show featuring over 30 classic race cars accompanied by their drivers and live music.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 15
CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA CONCOURS ON THE AVENUE
Concours on the Avenue will be held Tuesday, August 15 from 10am-5pm. Sixteen blocks of downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea will showcase over 175 domestic and foreign collector vehicles.
CLASSIC MOTORSPORTS KICK-OFF CAR SHOW AND CRUISE
Hundred of classic sports cars and vintage automobiles line up along Lighthouse Avenue in Pacific Grove on Tuesday, August 15 from 3pm-7pm.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 16
CARMEL MISSION CLASSIC
The iconic Carmel Mission is the backdrop for a variety of vintage automobiles during the Carmel Mission Classic on Wednesday, August 16 from 10am-4pm.
THE LITTLE CAR SHOW
Lighthouse Avenue in Pacific Grove lines up all sorts of tiny vehicles during Auto Week. The Little Car Show is Wednesday, August 16 from 12pm-5pm.
PRANCING PONIES CAR SHOW
The Prancing Ponies Car Show is the newest addition to Monterey Car Week. This all women car show lines the streets of Carmel-by-the-Sea on Wednesday, August 16 from 1pm-5pm.
MCCALL’S MOTORWORKS REVIVAL
On Wednesday, August 16 at 5pm the exclusive Motorworks Revival takes centerstage at the Monterey Jet Center from 5pm-10pm. The VIP event showcases some of the best in food, wine and, of course, automobiles.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 17
PEBBLE BEACH TOUR D’ELEGANCE
Spectators on roads around Pebble Beach and Carmel-by-the-Sea will be transported back to the past as classic cars participating in the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance drive by on Thursday, August 17. The tour will depart Pebble Beach at 9am and eventually end at Ocean Avenue in Carmel-by-the-Sea. The cars will be displayed from noon to 2pm on Ocean Avenue, and then will return to Pebble Beach. For some of these vehicles, successful completion of the Tour will be their key to a win in Sunday’s Concours.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 18
LEGENDS OF THE AUTOBAHN
Legends of the Autobahn plays host to beautiful BMWs of all ages, as well as entrants from the Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, and Audi clubs who will share this event. The Concours will be held on Friday, August 18 from 8am-3pm at the Nicklaus Club. Judging and displays are limited to members of the four respective clubs, but the public is welcome to walk the grounds and enjoy the beautiful array of German cars!
WERKS REUNION-A PORSCHE GATHERING
The Porsche Club of America hosts the Werks Reunion on Friday, August 18 from 7am-4pm. The show will feature the latest Porsches, special vehicle presentations, celebrity guests, and a surprise or two.
THE QUAIL, A MOTORSPORTS GATHERING
Enjoy luxury cars and view the finest in automotive design at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering on Friday, August 18 from 10am to 4pm. Themes include Great Ferraris, Supercars, Sports and Racing Motorcycles and more.
PACIFIC GROVE CONCOURS AUTO RALLY
On Friday, August 18, from 1pm to 5:30pm, Lighthouse Avenue in Pacific Grove will feel like a trip back in time during the Pacific Grove Concours Auto Rally presented by the Rotary Club of Pacific Grove. Over 200 cars will participate at this event, which is free for spectators. At 5pm cars will cruise the streets of Pacific Grove. Afterwards, participants and spectators can enjoy a barbecue dinner at Chataqua Hall.
EXOTICS ON CANNERY ROW
On Friday, August 18, from 3pm-8pm, Cannery Row in Monterey becomes a haven for rare and exotic cars from around the world. Exotics on Cannery Row is free to the public and will showcase a variety of automobiles and vendors.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 19
The legendary Concorso Italiano, makes its home at Black Horse Golf Course. Celebrate all things Italian with displays of Italian fashion and art and great Italian food and music, as well as over 800 Italian cars. This year’s event will be held Saturday, August 19 from 9:30am-5pm.
Craving Pintos, Pacers and Corvairs instead of Porsches, Ferraris and Rolls-Royces? For an auto show that is the reverse of everything the Concours d’Elegance holds dear, head to Concours d’LeMons on Saturday, August 19 from 10am-1:30pm at Laguna Grande Park in Seaside.
THE BARNYARD FERRARI EVENT
The Barynard in sprinkled with bright and sleek Ferraris on Saturday, August 19 from 4pm-7pm. Spectators can lust over dozens of Ferraris with great local wines, plenty of delicious food, and live music among the Barnyard’s signature gardens.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 20
PEBBLE BEACH CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE
The banal term “auto show” hardly befits the most elegant exhibition of classic automotives in the world. Only the finest 200 classic cars will be allowed onto the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links during this event. The culmination of a week of classic automotives, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will celebrate Ferrari’s 70th Anniversary, with four full classes of Ferraris, including special classes for One-Off Spéciales and Major Race Winners. It will also feature Isotta Fraschini, Castagna Coachwork, American Dream Cars of the 1960s, California Specials that Raced at Pebble Beach, and Vanderbilt Renaults. In tandem with the Pebble Beach Concours, Ferrari will host its own Ferrari 70th Anniversary Concours on the first fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links, drawing as many as 70 additional prancing horses. Opens to spectators on Sunday, August 20 at 10:30am. Purchase tickets on the official Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance website.
ROLEX MONTEREY MOTORSPORTS REUNION
While seeing classic cars on a golf course may be a treat, watching them compete on one of the world’s finest racetracks is a can’t-miss experience. See historic cars in motion at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The Monterey Pre-Reunion races will be held Saturday-Sunday, August 12-13 while the main event takes place Thursday-Sunday, August 17-20 from 8:30am until 4:30pm every day. Tickets can be purchased at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca website.
Visitors with deep pockets who want to do more than look at the cars can attend auctions throughout the week.
RUSSO AND STEELE
The worlds most exciting auction holds its 17th annual “Sports and Muscle in Monterey” auction event August 17-19. Russo and Steele takes over the waterfront of Old Fisherman’s Wharf; previews open on August 16th. Admission is $30 per person.
BONHAMS & BUTTERFIELDS AUCTION
RM AUCTIONS’ SPORTS & CLASSICS OF MONTEREY
Fine classic cars and unique sports cars, including a dedicated Ford-themed auction, will be auctioned at RM Auctions’ Sport & Classics of Monterey at the Portola Hotel & Spa, August 18-19. In total, over 200 investment cars will be auctioned off. Preview passes are $40; a $300 bidder registration includes two preview passes, two auction passes and includes an auction catalog.
MECUM MUSCLE CARS AND MORE
WORLDWIDE AUCTIONEERS PACIFIC GROVE AUCTION
The Worldwide Auctioneers Auction takes place at the scenic Pacific Grove Golf Links on Thursday, August 17th. This new comer to the scene will showcase roughly 70 historic automobiles in the spectacular oceanside setting.
PEBBLE BEACH AUCTIONS PRESENTED BY GOODING & COMPANY
The Pebble Beach Auction is one of the premier automotive auctions in the world and has set many world records. The auction itself takes place August 18-19, but window-shoppers can admire the breathtaking displays of automotive magic beginning on August 16th.
ART AND ACCESSORIES
Automobilia Monterey, an exhibition of original vintage posters, hood ornaments, signs, scale models, and much more, all connected to the history of the automobile will take place August 15-16 from 10 am to 6 pm at the Seaside‘s Embassy Suites. Admission is $20.
If headed to Pebble Beach one can enjoy the Pebble Beach RetroAuto, an exhibit showing not only automobiles from the past, but photos, tools, and other objects associated with automobiles of yore. The RetroAuto pavilion at The Inn at Spanish Bay is open August 17-19 from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm. The Inn at Spanish will also play host to several Classic Car Forums August 17-19.
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