2017 Gordon McCall Motorworks Revival – Preview
A slice of the high life, cars includedby Jonathan Lopez, on
Monterey Car Week 2017 is very nearly upon us, but before the first gavel can fall at one of the many high-end auctions, and before the judges can take the field at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, this annual automotive extravaganza kicks off with one helluva party. Known as the Gordon McCall Motorworks Revival, this is no ordinary get-together. Held inside and around several hangars at the Monterey Jet Center, the Gordon McCall event is known for its extravagance, indulgence, and elegance, a glamorous evening offering well-heeled enthusiasts the chance to peruse some of the finest machinery on the planet. It’s a high-end automotive lifestyle event filled to the brim with entertainment, fine cuisine, and top-shelf drinks, bringing together the worlds of real estate, fashion, yachts, jewelry, aviation, and of course, cars, all of which form a single, cohesive experience. Long story short, if it’s expensive, it’s sure to be here.
This year marks the 26th anniversary of the Gordon McCall event, and once again, it’s promising a selection of some of the most epic four-wheeled heroes to hit pavement. Last year, we got up close and personal with bedroom posters like the original Ford GT40, Mercedes-AMG SLS, Ferrari Enzo, Lykan Hypersport, McLaren P1 GTR, and Koenigsegg Agera XS. Private jets, WWII-era bombers, racecars, and vintage motorcycles filled the gaps. We even got to rub shoulders with automotive celebrities like Christian von Koenigsegg. Read on for a look at what’s to come from this year’s event.
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While we have yet to see a complete list of cars expected to show, there are a few standouts to be mentioned
Let’s start with the good stuff – the cars. While we have yet to see a complete list of cars expected to show, there are a few standouts to be mentioned. Supercars are a given at the Gordon McCall event, but as well all know, the traditional view of what a supercar should be and what it shouldn’t be is currently in flux. Flying the flag of the new breed, Rimac will be in attendance to show off its Concept_One all-electric uber-coupe. Producing upwards of 1,072 horsepower and 1,180 pound-feet of torque, this incredible battery-powered behemoth manages a run to 62 mph in just 2.6 seconds, while top speed is pegged at 221 mph. Read our full review on the Rimac Concept_One.
The Lucid Air is another all-electric slated to show at Gordon McCall’s, although compared to the Rimac, it’s more luxurious cruiser than it is cruise missile, coming equipped with four doors to ease entry into a sleek cabin space. That said, the Air is no slouch, promising Tesla Model S levels of performance when you put your foot down. Read our full review on the Lucid Air.
Next up is something a bit smaller a whole lot more rugged – the Ariel Nomad. Offered by the same U.K.-based automaker that produces the Atom, the Nomad takes an identical back-to-basics approach as it’s tarmac-bound cousin, but applies it to a serious off-roader package. The result is a go-anywhere two-seater that’s sure to entice anyone looking to have some fun in the rough stuff. Read our full review on the Ariel Nomad.
Taking a break from the production models, one-off record holders and racers are also sure to be in abundance
Taking a break from the production models, one-off record holders and racers are also sure to be in abundance. One example will be the Toyota Land Speed Cruiser, which holds the record for “World’s Fastest SUV” following a 230-mph run by ex-NASRCAR driver Carl Edwards. That’s rather fast for the brick-like Toyota, a feat accomplished thanks to roughly 2,000 horsepower under the hood.
Finally, when it comes to wings for lift rather than downforce, Cirrus Aircraft will be one of the featured makes, expected to show its new Vision Jet line of personal planes. Bombardier will also be on hand to show off its line of business jets, as will Textron Aviation and Gulfstream.
The Gordon McCall event is once again supporting the California Highway Patrol 11-99 Foundation through a charity raffle, with prizes including a 1:18 scale model of the number 19 Ferrari 250 GTO that took a class win in the 1962 24 Hours of Le Mans. Additional raffle prizes include an assortment of high-end watches and more.
How To Attend
The 26th annual Gordon McCall Motorworks Revival will take place Wednesday, August 16th, at the Monterey Jet Center, located at 300 Sky Park Way, Monterey, California.
Tickets are still on sale, starting at $395. You can find more information on tickets by clicking this link.
Read our full review of the 2017 Rimac Concept One
Read our full review of the 2018 Lucid Motors Air
Read our full review of the 2015 Ariel Nomad