MONTEREY — Clear the streets and prepare the golf links because Monterey Classic Car Week is revved and ready to make its return to the Monterey Peninsula.
The 10-day celebration starts Friday with the Concours at Pasadera, an electric car show where guests can get up-close-and-personal with automobiles in six juried classes, as well as vintage and contemporary motorcycles. Presented by the Club at Pasadera, the event starts at 2 p.m. for club members and 3 p.m. for ticket holders and will conclude at 6 p.m.
Opening fanfare continues Friday night at the Monterey Car Week Kick-Off. From 5 p.m.-7 p.m, 30 historic race cars will line Alvarado Street. To get to know who’s behind the wheel, guests will also have the chance to meet drivers at Cibo Ristorante Italiano’s Special Classic Car Week Driver Reception.
Kick-off events will continue through the weekend at the Monterey Pre-Reunion. For two full days, more than 300 historic race cars will get valuable track time at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca before competing in next week’s Rolex Motorsports Reunion.
Auto shows resume on Monday with the Porsche Monterey Classic Partner Event from 4-8:30 p.m. in Seaside. While all Porsches are welcome, the real headliner is the long-awaited 993 Classic restoration challenge car.
Classic Car Week in Pacific Grove is set to begin on Tuesday with the Classic Motorsports Kick-Off Car Show and Cruise In. From 3-7 p.m., classic sports and luxury cars, muscle cars, new exotics and classic 4x4s will line up along Lighthouse Avenue for a welcome party to mark the start of a week’s worth of automobile events.
Over in Carmel, Ocean Avenue will be closed to traffic on Tuesday for Concours on the Avenue, where over 175 collector cars will line 18 downtown blocks from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. To attend, visitors must present either proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than three days before the event. Otherwise, visitors must wear a mask.
On Wednesday, the Little Car Show will bring 125 mini, micro, electric, stream and arcane vehicles to Lighthouse Avenue in Pacific Grove from noon to 5 p.m. Featuring cars from all over the world, the show will culminate in a parade of participants’ vehicles down Pacific Grove’s waterfront.
Those itching to see Classic Car Week’s grand finale can get a peek into Concours Sunday with the annual Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance. Starting at 9 a.m. Thursday morning, the Tour will feature more than 150 Concours entrants as they depart from Pebble Beach, trek down Highway 1 to Big Sur and return to Pebble Beach.
Off the roads, Pebble Beach will become an automobile enthusiast’s dream from Thursday through Saturday for the Pebble Beach RetroAuto. Anything from rare collectibles and memorabilia to the latest luxury goods and technological tools are sure to satisfy car aficionados no matter their era of interest.
Also starting Thursday, hundreds of historic race and sports cars from nearly every era will transport WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca back in time for the annual Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. While no prizes will be awarded, drivers will take to the tracks every day through Sunday to challenge themselves and celebrate motor sport history.
Pacific Grove’s Classic Car Week celebrations will round out on Friday, Aug. 13 with the Pacific Grove Concours Auto Rally. Beginning at 5 p.m., over 200 vintage and exotic automobiles will depart on the Rally Drive for a scenic route along the city’s shoreline through Pebble Beach.
Friday’s lineup also includes the Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. Though the event is limited to 5,000 visitors, those who find themselves on the Quail Lodge and Golf Club’s rolling greens will be able to stroll between more than 200 rare cars and motorcycles from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Enthusiasts will face a car show conundrum on Saturday, Aug. 14 as an array of automobiles are set to impress at events across the Peninsula.
In Carmel, over 300 cars will populate Carmel Valley Village for Legends of the Autobahn, while Ferrari lovers gather to commiserate with members of the Ferrari Owners Club and enjoy a wine reception at the Barnyard.
Seaside’s car shows include Saturday’s Concours d’Lemons, where the automotive world’s worst can feel welcome. Starring rust buckets, mistakes and misfits, the showdown will give run-down cars a glimpse of their glory days from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m on Harcourt Ave. Across town at the Black Horse Golf Course, Concorso Italiano will feature automobiles far from rusty in the world’s largest luxury and exotic Italian car show.
Classic Car Week’s grandeur and excitement comes to a head on Sunday, Aug. 15 for the 70th Annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Considered to be the premier celebration of the automobile, the Concours invites 200 of the world’s best collector cars onto the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links to compete for Best of Show.
For guests interested in taking home a piece of Classic Car Week, collector cars will be up for auction throughout the 10-day affair. Mecum Auctions will offer 600 consignments Aug. 12-14 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel and Spa on Del Monte Golf Course.
On Fisherman’s Wharf, Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auction returns Aug. 11-13 with 300 automobiles up for bid. RM Sotheby’s Auction, another long-standing Classic Car Week tradition, will take place Aug. 13-14 for its 24th year at the Monterey Conference Center.
To pair with the Sunday Concours, Pebble Beach Auctions presented by Gooding and Company offer car collectors the opportunity to not only see but acquire automobiles of the same caliber as those on the show field.
More information on Monterey Classic Car Week can be found at https://www.seemonterey.com/events/sporting/concours/.