The Great Gatsby of Car Shows: Pebble Beach Concours d‘Elegance

This week the air on the Monterey Peninsula is filled with the roar of engines and the sparkle of polished automobiles of the past and the future that outshine the diamonds in the audience.

The annual automobile extravaganza of the Monterey Car show is happening for the 68th time, and the lucky ones who can make it there will enjoy a cornucopia of the finest that the automobile world has to offer.

The highlight and most celebrated event is the Great Gatsby of car shows, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, taking place on the last day of the of this grand automotive celebration, on Sunday, August 26th, at the 18th green at Pebble Beach Golf Links. It draws in car enthusiasts from all over the world to compete their collection piece with other extraordinary classic vehicles. Others come to watch and swoon over these pristine witnesses of automotive history while enjoying the many festivities around the event.

No one knows this better than Jay Leno, a regular participant who once said: “This is the only car show where a simple millionaire can beat the billionaires.”

While the focus is on vintage automobiles, there is also a look into the future of driving, with 10 world and 7 North American new car debuts and the highly anticipated concept cars. One of them is the audacious Infinity Prototype 10 single-seater and we can’t wait to see Audi’s electric supercar, the PB 18 e-tron. A highly anticipated debutant is the 2019 BMW Z4, which has not been confirmed by the German manufacturer, but all signs point to it.

Citroën will have its first appearance at the Concours d’Elegance with postwar custom cars. Another classic debut is by the legendary Tucker. Among the other marques and special classes that will be featured are: Motor Cars of the Raj, Rollston Coachwork, the Maserati bothers’ OSCA, Vintage-Era Sporting Cars from 1916 to 1924, Eisenhower Era Dream Convertibles.

Collectors and those who would like to be one flock to the classic car auctions that are taking place all week long. This is where dreams become reality and passion flies high, especially when it comes to the bidding amounts. This is where the rarest of the rare, past and potential future winners of the concours are available.

Other not-to-miss events are:

Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours on the Avenue in downtown Carmel on Tuesday, August 21 from 10 AM to 5 PM with more than 175 pristine cars from all eras.

Carmel by The Sea

The glamorous red-carpet gala of McCall’s Motorworks Revivalin Monterey on Wednesday, August 22 from 5 PM. to 10 PM. Experience rare vintage race cars, motorcycles, and aircrafttogether with fine culinary delights.

McCall’s Motorworks Revivalin Monterey

The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, Aug 23 – Aug 26, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 6:00 PM at the Laguna Seca Raceway in Salinas. 550 race cars from 1940 to 1981 will give their best.

The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering in Carmel on Friday, August 24 from 10 AM to 4 PM. The $950 tickets are allotted by lottery in February, a sure sign of the exclusivity of this event.

The Quail

On the humorous side is the Concours d’Lemons Monterey in Seaside on Saturday, August 25 from 9 AM to 3 PM where rust buckets, oil stains and some of the worst examples of the automotive world have their moment of glory in front of a celebrity judge.

Then on Sunday is the day everyone is waiting for. The 68thPebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

For more information and details, please visit the official website: www.pebblebeachconcours.net

Bea Israel

Bea Israel is a freelance writer covering stories that she feels passionate about in the fields of automotive, travel, art, wellness, and the culinary world.

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