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The summer is coming to a close, but before we dive headlong into fall and all the craziness that is auto show season, we’re gearing up for one last hurrah on California’s Central Coast. It’s called Monterey Car Week, and it’s a celebration of the top-shelf in four-wheeled, combustion-powered awesomeness. This is Mecca for car enthusiasts, a place where six- and seven-figure unicorns come out the play. We’re stoked, and you should be too, as we’ll be on the scene bringing you all the latest and greatest as it happens. If you’re looking to attend, or you just want a little more info on this amazing annual affair, read on.

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Gordon McCall’s Motorworks Revival

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Per tradition, we’re kicking things off at Monterey Car Week with one of the most glamorous and ritzy motor-themed parties of the year.

Per tradition, we’re kicking things off at Monterey Car Week with one of the most glamorous and ritzy motor-themed parties of the year. Mixing world-class sports cars, legendary racing cars, private jets, and various other luxury lifestyle themes, the Gordon McCall Motorworks Revival is a little slice of heaven for well-heeled enthusiasts who demand only the finest that life has to offer.

In years past, Gordon McCall has played host to acres of automotive titans, including standouts like the Lykan Hypersport, the Ferrari Enzo, the Bugatti Veyron, the Ford GT40, and the McLaren P1 GTR, among many others. This year will be no different, and paired with the impressive array of four-wheeled machinery, attendees will also have an opportunity to explore the cabins of executive aircraft like the new Embraer Phenom 300E.

Held on the tarmac at the Monterey Jet Center, the Gordon McCall Motorworks Revival will once again offer gourmet hors d’oeuvres, wine, cocktails, and desserts. What’s more, expect to rub shoulders with high-profile personalities and superstars from the racing and automotive worlds, with past guests including Christian von Koenigsegg and Pete Brock.

All told, this event is the perfect introduction to the affluence and magic that is Monterey Car Week. As such, tickets are quite expensive - but, considering what’s on offer, would you expect anything less?

Where:
Monterey Jet Center
196 Sky Park Way
Monterey, CA 93940

When:
Wednesday, August 22nd
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM

How:
Tickets available HERE.
Pricing ranges between $425 and $575.

RM Sotheby’s

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This year, RM Sotheby’s looks to once again outdo itself with several potential record-breaking lots.

Nestled near the water in downtown Monterey, the RM Sotheby’s auction never disappoints when it comes to its lineup of jaw-dropping collector vehicles. Just last year, the auction house brought in a whopping $133 million in sales, with 88 percent of the lots successfully changing hands, including several new records and 32 individual million-dollar-plus results.

Impressive stuff, no doubt, but this year, RM Sotheby’s looks to once again outdo itself. Headlining the event is a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO by Scaglietti, which is headed to the block as Lot #247. Estimated value is set at an incredible $45 to $60 million. To quote Keanu Reeves, “whoa.”

If that seems like a lot of money, it’s because it is - the current record-holder for most expensive car ever sold at public auction goes to another 1962 Ferrari GTO, which sold in 2014 at the Bonham’s auction in Monterey. That particular vehicle racked in a hefty $38 million, and considering just how desirable these Prancing Horses have become, it’s entirely possible we’ll see RM Sotheby’s break the record later this August.

Impressively, RM Sotheby’s is setting itself up for another record this year, namely most valuable British car ever sold at public auction. Setting up to take a run at that title is a 1963 Aston Martin DP215 Grand Touring Competition Prototype, which will need to surpass the $22.6 million realized last year by another Aston at RM Sotheby’s Monterey, specifically a 1956 DBR1.

As if that weren’t enough, RM Sotheby’s is rounding it off with a third possible record-setter, namely a gold 1966 Ford GT40 Le Mans podium-finisher, which could very well become the the most valuable American car ever sold at public auction. The current record here belongs to the original Shelby Cobra, which sold for $13.8 million at the RM Sotheby’s event in Monterey back in 2016, and as such, the GT40 will need to surpass its $9 million to $12 million estimate to claim the title.

Where:
Monterey Conference Center
1 Portola Plaza
Monterey, CA 93940

When:
Wednesday, August 22nd, through Saturday, August 25th
Preview days start at 10:00 AM and end at 8:00 PM.
The auction is Friday, August 24th, and Saturday, August 25th, and begins at 5:30 PM.

How:
Tickets available onsite.
Admission to the public preview is $40.
Click HERE to register to bid. Price for registration is $300.
You may purchase an official auction catalogue for $150 HERE.

Russo And Steele

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If you prefer an auction where the action on the block matches the performance under the hood, then Russo And Steele is the one for you.

If you prefer an auction where the action on the block matches the performance under the hood, then Russo And Steele is the one for you. Offering an “auction-in-the-round” format whereby attendees are invited to get up close and personal with the vehicles up for grabs, Russo and Steele is fast-paced and raw, building momentum with a steady stream of highly desirable vehicles rolling into the spotlight as the auction crier probes the upper rev limiters of speech.

Another highlight of the Russo and Steele event is the sheer variety of cars on offer. One standout this year comes from the world of NASCAR, specifically the 1992 No. 28 Texaco-Havoline Ford Thunderbird, a full-fledged competition vehicle with a 740-horsepower V-8 and a resumé that includes victory at the Daytona 500.

Other highlights include a 1972 Ferrari Dino 246 GT, a 2017 Ferrari F12 TDF, a 1979 Porsche 911/930 Turbo Coupe, a custom 1939 Cadillac La Salle Convertible, a restomod 1956 Chevrolet Corvette Convertible, a 1984 Lamborghini Countach, a 1958 Jaguar XK 150 S, and a 2009 Mercedes-Benz SL65 AMG Black Series, to name just a few.

Indeed, from sports cars to race cars, imports to domestics, luxury cars to classics, Russo and Steele has a little bit of everything.

Where:
Downtown Monterey, near Fisherman’s Wharf
290 Figueroa Street
Monterey, CA 93940

When:
Wednesday, August 22nd, through Saturday, August 25th
First preview day starts at 9:00 AM and end at 5:00 PM, subsequent previews end at 3:00 PM.
The auction begins Thursday, August 23rd, and lasts through Saturday, August 25th, kicking off at 5:00 PM.

How:
Tickets available onsite.
General admission is $30
Click HERE to register to bid. Price for registration is $250.

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

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Screaming exhaust notes burning through gallons of high-test. The smell of worn slick tires and hot brakes. Rumble strips and a checkered flag

Screaming exhaust notes burning through gallons of high-test. The smell of worn slick tires and hot brakes. Rumble strips and a checkered flag.

These are the things that make up the iconic Monterey Motorsports Reunion. Held at the world-famous Laguna Seca race track, this event is the only place you’ll find the cars of Monterey Car Week doing what they do best.

This year, Nissan will take up the mantle as the featured marque, making it the first-ever Japanese brand to hold the honor. As such, expect a plethora of BRE-branded Datsuns, as well as the Nissan 300ZX Steve Millen wheeled to a class victory at Le Mans in 1994.

In addition to the over 50 racers scheduled to take to the track, Nissan will also have a static display to show off standouts like the original BRE Datsun 510 and the new Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign concept.

What’s more, the Reunion will offer up more than 500 additional competition vehicles situated into 15 different run groups. The classes include Pre-1940 Sports Racing, 1967-1984 Formula One, 1966-1972 Trans-Am, and FIA Manufacturers, to name just a few.

Beyond the cars and on-track antics, the Reunion will also offer autograph sessions with a selection of famous drivers, vender booths, and a whole lot more.

Where:
WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca
1021 Highway 68
Salinas, CA 93908

When:
Thursday, August 23rd, through Sunday, August 26th
Practice/qualifying on Thursday, August 23rd, and Friday, August 24th.
Racing Saturday, August 25th, and Sunday, August 26th.

How:
Tickets available online HERE.
Pricing ranges between $30 and $450. You can find more information HERE.

Mecum Auction

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The sheer volume presented by the Mecum Monterey auction is a bit overwhelming, but don’t let the high quantity lead you to believe that quality suffers.

Last year, Mecum Auctions brought the heat with some 600 collectible vehicles, including standouts like a 1958 Lister-Jaguar ‘Knobbly,’ a 1971 Ferrari 365 GTB/4, and our personal favorite, a 2010 Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita.

Spread wide across the Del Monte Golf Course, the sheer volume presented by the Mecum Monterey auction is a bit overwhelming. However, don’t let the high quantity of lots on offer lead you to believe that quality suffers as a result, as there’s certainly no shortage of über-valuable machinery to be had.

The same can be said for this year’s event, where standouts include a 2017 Lamborghini Centenario LP770-4, a 1958 Porsche 550A Spyder, two Ferrari LaFerraris, a 1955 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, and the Indy 500-winning 2012 Dallara DW12 Honda race car.

Lower down the food chain, you’ll also find rides like a custom 1966 Ford Bronco U13 Roadster, a Cadillac XLR, a custom 1930 Ford Model A Hi-Boy Roadster, a 2006 AM General Hummer H1 Alpha, a 1961 Chrysler 300G, and a 1999 Bentley Arnage.

Joining the overflowing list of collector cars will be a selection of motorcycles, road art, boats, and even tractors.

Where:
Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa - Del Monte Golf Course
1 Old Golf Course Road
Monterey, CA 93940

When:
Thursday, August 23rd, through Saturday, August 25th
Gates open daily at 8:00 AM.

How:
Tickets available onsite, or online HERE.
Pricing is set at $20 in advance, or $30 once the auction begins.
You can register to bid HERE.

Gooding & Co. Auction

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The Gooding & Co. auction provides a relaxed, professional atmosphere for collectors and investors to pursue their automotive ambitions.

As the official auction house for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the Gooding & Co. auction is located directly adjacent to the prestigious automotive event, and as such, it brings together a stunning collection of high-value machinery for the block. Estimated values range between six-figures and several million dollars, with highlights from last year’s event including a 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C ($14,520,000) and a 1970 Porsche 917K ($14,080,000).

The Gooding & Co. auction provides a relaxed, professional atmosphere for collectors and investors to pursue their automotive ambitions. Not only are bids issued from those in attendance, but they also pour in from across the globe via telephone and online mediums, and the result is sober, yet fierce back-and-forth action.

Most of the cars offered are classic top-echelon European sports cars, with highlights from this year’s event including a 1955 Porsche 550 Spyder (estimated value between $4,000,000 and $5,000,000), a 1956 Maserati A6G/54 Berlinetta (estimated value between $4,300,000 to $4,600,000), and a 1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/C (estimated value between $12,000,000 and $14,000,000).

Where:
Pebble Beach Equestrian Center
3300 Portola Road
Pebble Beach, CA 93953

When:
Wednesday, August 22nd, through Saturday, August 25th
Viewing is available between 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Wednesday, August 22nd, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Thursday, August 23rd, 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM on Friday, August 24th, and 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday, August 25th.
The auction begins at 5:00 PM on Friday, August 24th, and 11:00 AM on Saturday, August 25h.

How:
General admittance is $40 per person to all events.
An official catalogue is $100, and includes entry for two people to all events.
More information is available HERE.

The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering

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The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, combines a number of different elements into a single, high-class event.

Set on the lush, green fairway of the Quail Lodge & Golf Club, located in Carmel Valley just 20 minutes from Pebble Beach, The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, combines a number of different elements into a single, high-class event. Each year, a selection of luxury carmakers attend to provide guests with test drives of the latest high-dollar models. That includes Land Rover, which offers its Land Rover Experience Driving School off-roader course to prove the worth of its SUV lineup in the rough stuff.

Of course, The Quail also hosts row upon row of impressive race cars and sports cars to ogle and enjoy, plus a number of fine foods and other delectables to sample. And for those looking to add to their stable, the annual Bonhams Motorcar Auction takes place directly adjacent to the show.

Now in its sixteenth year, the themes for the 2018 event include Pre-War Sports and Racing, Supercars, The Great Ferraris, Custom Coachwork, Celebrating 70 Years of the Iconic Porsche 356, The Great Lancias, and The 50th Anniversary of the Lamborghini Espada & Islero.

Where:
Quail Lodge & Golf Club
8205 Valley Greens Drive
Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA 93923

When:
Friday, August 24th
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

How:
The only available tickets as of this writing are the “The Quail Helicopter Ticket” and the “Charitable Patron Ticket.”
“The Quail Helicopter Ticket” includes early event access, transportation to and from the Monterey Airport, private lounge access, a collectible event poster and magazine, and gourmet lunch. Pricing is set at $4,000.
“Charitable Patron Ticket” includes early event access, VIP valet parking, private lounge access, and a special lapel pin. In addition, 50 percent of the proceeds will go to benefit charity. Pricing is set at $2,500.
Click HERE for more information.

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

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The world-famous Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is the capstone event for Monterey Car Week.

Without a doubt, the world-famous Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is the capstone event for Monterey Car Week. Originally held as an ancillary car show for the Pebble Beach Road Races, the Pebble Beach Concours has grown considerably over the years, and now plays hose to some 15,000 enthusiasts, all of whom descend on the Pebble Beach Golf Course to celebrate some of the most glamorous and praise-worthy vehicles on the planet.

As the world’s pre-eminent collectible car event, the Pebble Beach Concours also attracts a variety of celebrities, famous racing drivers, and industry personalities, with past appearances including Jay Leno, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Jackie Stewart, to name only a few.

As you might expect, the Concours also brings out a glut of vehicle debuts and cutting-edge concepts. For example, this year BMW is expected to unveil its new Z4 Roadster. Last year, we saw Mercedes drop the Maybach Vision 6 Cabriolet, while Infiniti revealed the Prototype 9 one-off.

But of course, the main draw is obviously the competition of elegance, whereby a select panel of judges and experts pick the best of the best in attendance, selecting third-, second-, and first-place winners in a variety of different classes. What’s more, just one vehicle will take away the highly coveted title of Best In Show, an accolade widely considered to be the Holy Grail in the world of high-end collectible automobiles.

Highlight classes and marques for 2018 include Motor Cars of the Raj, Rollston Coachwork, Tucker, Postwar Custom Citroën, Vintage-Era Sporting Cars, and Eisenhower Era Dream Convertibles.

Where:
The Lodge at Pebble Beach
1700 17-Mile Drive
Pebble Beach, CA 93953

When:
Sunday, August 26th
5:30 AM to 5:00 PM

How:
General Admission is $375, and may be purchased HERE.
Club d’Elegance Tickets are $825, and include VIP admission, VIP parking, shuttle service, guided tours, a Concours Program, a Concours Poster signed by the artist, a “Special Commemorative Gift,” a buffet breakfast, buffet lunch, executive restrooms, and more. Club d’Elegance Tickets may be purchased HERE.

Further Reading

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