While many automobile events are all about purring engines and the need for speed, the Pebble Beach Concours is about the perfect pitch of elegance. The once upon a time small social soiree that kick-started in the 1950’s has turned into a glorious gathering for the rarest and most beautiful antique cars. Along with a celebration on the famed 18th fairway of the Pebble Beach Golf Links of these beautiful automobiles, the highly sophisticated shores of Monterey spill over with life as many first-class events take precedence. Pick up a pen and jot these names in your little black book, as these are the must attend events to mark on your calendar.
Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance / August 16th
Expect to see the sparkling badges of Ferrari, beautiful gleaming Bentleys, and dreamy sleek Porsches at the striking Concours d’Elegance. This year the prestigious event is expected to showcase marques from Isotta Fraschini, American Dream Cars from the 1960’s, Ferrari Major Race Winners, and Ferrari One Off Specials. The Concours is a highly exclusive event complete with champagne toasts for after the competing cars complete their circuit that takes these beautiful automobiles winding the scenic roads of 17-mile drive and Ocean Avenue. From automotive aficionados to those who just love the idea of dressing up and admiring some of history’s most significant cars – the Concours d’Elegance is a must.
The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering / August 18th
During August, it seems that Monterey goes stir crazy for stunning cars and The Quail is another impeccable event of five-star caliber. The glazed green golf course of The Quail Lodge lights up with rows of the coolest cars in history, right here on the green you can see millions of dollars’ worth of cars in one place. Amidst the sun splashed landscape of Carmel you can run your hands across pre-war sports and racing cars, sassy supercars, racing motorcycles, mid-engine marvels, and the greatest Ferraris in the world. The garden party setting also provides the perfect mise-en-scene for an afternoon talking about cars, sipping cool drinks, and rubbing shoulders with elite socialites and exclusive guests. Adorers of the automobile should be sure to attend.
McCall’s Motorworks Revival / August 16th
A lavish luxury lifestyle bash is exactly what you need after drooling over simply sublime cars lining the courses and roads of Monterey. At McCall’s Motorworks revival you can expect the red carpet to be rolled out at the Jet Center and for the crowd to be filled with top tier patrons ready to sip the finest Californian wine, nibble beluga treats, and sample some of the best dishes from local chefs. Throw into the mix a host of rare vintage cars, gorgeous state of the art aircraft, and a plethora of VIP guests and you have the hottest event in Monterey.
Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion / August 17-20th
If you haven’t had your fill of cars, then the Rolex Reunion will tempt you with its museum spring to life like feel. With over 500 cars, this isn’t an event about looking pretty – but one that is designed to deliver speed and prowess and plenty of heart thumping action on the track. In keeping with paying homage to the golden era of motoring you can see select cars in different groups race around an iconic circuit including sports racing cars from the pre-1940s all the way up to 1960’s. In between races there is cheese and wine pairings, Q&A sessions, and autograph signings with world famous drivers.
Carmel Mission Classic / August 16th
The Carmel Mission Classic is one of the classiest events on the circuit composing beautiful automobiles, wonderful wines, and harp music on the grounds of the Carmel Mission. As you stroll the glorious grounds you can admire cars like the 1954 Packard Caribbean, the 1966 Chevy Corvette Stingray, and the 1937 Rolls Royce 25/30.
Gooding and Company’s Pebble Beach Auction / August 16-19th
International collectors with a penchant for prestigious cars can find their fill at the Gooding and Company’s Auction. Held within the gates of 17-Mile Drive, there is nothing more exciting than arriving at auction with your cheque book and seeking the sweetest new addition to your collection. From 1976 Alfa Romeos to 1966 Ferraris – the Gooding and Company’s auction is a dream come true for first rate collectors of awesome automobiles. The catalogue starts at $200.
RM Sotheby’s Monterey / August 18-19th
Sotheby’s is certainly one of the leaders when it comes to the world of the wealthy, so it’s no surprise they would make an appearance on the Monterey peninsula with their own line up of exclusive automobiles. Expect the highest selection of automobiles up for auction at the RM Sotheby’s event along with plenty of excitement when it comes to the banging of the hammer. In between breathless bidding you can also gather on Fisherman’s Wharf to taste some of the best gourmet treats the area has to offer.