We’ve been a part of car week in Monterey since 1985. With so much to see and do, planning an itinerary can seem overwhelming. That is why we have distilled the week’s events into the 10 essential events of the week. You can view them below, ordered in no certain way. Be sure to check out the ones that you can!
10. Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
Billed as the largest event of the weekend, Rolex has invited 550 of the world’s most valuable classics to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the famous track, the event is divided into 15 classes of racing. The main emphasis of the event will focus on the 60th anniversary of the Formula Junior series along with 70 years of Ferrari. Viewing your favorites in a static display is entertaining, but seeing them in action is a breathtaking experience.
9. Exotics on Cannery Row
It may be one of the newest shows of the week, but EOCR has already outgrown its location. Taking place on Friday the 18th, you will need to get there early to find parking. Over 300 late model exotics and hypercars will be in attendance along with aftermarket vendors and major manufacturers.
8. Carmel By The Sea
Concours on the Avenue returns for their 11th annual show. Eighteen blocks of downtown Carmel will be host to the world’s finest cars. Also taking place on Tuesday the 15th, you should head here first before going to Cannery row. The picturesque small town is home to several celebrities and it has some of the highest property values in the US. Fun Fact: Clint Eastwood was mayor from 1986 to 88.
7. Gooding & Company
Of all the week’s auctions, Gooding takes place within earshot of The Lodge at Pebble Beach. As the official auction of the event, it is the only one to take place inside the gates of 17 Mile Drive.
6. Russo & Steele
The fast-paced action of “auction in the round” was invented by Russo & Steele. Located at Fisherman’s Wharf, it is within walking distance of other attractions and surrounded by great food. After viewing the auction lots, hang out at the pedestrian bridge to watch fast cars emerge from the Lighthouse avenue tunnel.
Dana Mecum and company have been a fixture of our magazine and website for years, and that is because they have the cars everyone is looking for. Taking place at the Hyatt Regency on the Del Monte Golf Course, their innovation is moving the big ticket items across during the daytime. We’ve been highlighing the most significant lots over the past 2 weeks, which is why you shouldn’t miss it. But if it doesn’t fit your schedule, it will also be shown on YouTube and NBCSN.
4. RM Sothebys
Shelby collectors from around the world are already arriving at the Portola Hotel. Starbucks across the street was a great place to watch the event, but RM Sothebys surrounds the hotel with white fencing….So your best bet is to park in the garage and stroll through the lobby to view the featured cars.
3. McCall’s Motorworks Revival
If you thought you had seen it all, McCall’s is one of the biggest events of the year. Taking place at the Monterey Jetport, it is a showcase of automotive and aeronautical history paired with amazing food. Last year I was able to meet Horacio Pagani and Reggie Jackson as they were both admiring a big block Cobra. Tickets start at $395 online and jump to $450 at the gate. For a preview of this year click here. If you are only allowed to attend one show a year, I would probably choose this one.
2. The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering
For their 15th anniversary, The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering is focusing on Mid Engined Marvels, Originals, The Great Ferraris, along with categories for pre and postwar racing. Located on the grounds of Quail Lodge, it offers a backdrop of the Santa Lucia mountains and a special treat for guests. Located adjacent to the hotel is the 20th anniversary of Bonhams Motorcar Auction. As usual, tickets for Qual have already sold out, but you can join the waiting list along with thousands of others.
1. Pebble Beach Concours d’-Elegance
The boss says it best. General admission tickets are still available so we will see you there!