What Not to Miss at Monterey Car Week.


Monterey Car Week is perhaps the most prestigious time in a petrolhead’s calendar. More than just one event, as the name suggests, it’s an entire week of automotive festivities on the picturesque coast of California. There is a lot going off, so James Hanson, owner of A38 Car Storage gives us the rundown of what not to miss each day.


“I’d suggest three or four days is enough to experience Monterey Car Week. The big events kick off with Motorlux on the Wednesday evening, which a party surrounded by cars, planes and entertainment. Thursday is good for seeing some of the auction previews, and maybe the Pebble Beach tour, where you can see all the vintage cars returning to Pebble Beach in the afternoon. The RM Auction is probably the big headliner with the best cars, and Mecum auction is an experience — a fast and frantic auction which is very entertaining for a couple of hours! 

“Friday is The Quail, a Concours which is expensive but definitely worth seeing once, then Bonhams and RM have an auction in the evening. RM and Gooding also have auctions on Saturday, but this is the big day at Laguna Seca race track to see cars in action, although there are things happening there from Wednesday onwards.

“Sunday is the grand finale, Pebble Beach Concours, self-proclaimed as the world’s most prestigious car show, held on the stunning Pebble Beach Golf Links overlooking the ocean. “Other events to consider: Werks Reunion was meant to be good this year as a celebration of Porsche, Concorso Italiano for all things Italian, and Concours d’Lemons, for really bad cars!

“I’d combine the main events above with some events from the car manufacturers who have a presence there, like Aston Martin, Lamborghini, McLaren etc. Also, there is the US1 drive down the coast road to do down to Big Sur or further which may be worth including too. “Accommodation is the hard thing to organise as the prices go through the roof for the week. It is not a cheap trip to do, but I think it’s one to tick off the bucket list”.



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