Monterey Car Week Once Again Brings The Goods In 2017
I’ll admit it – I’m pretty spoiled when it comes to car stuff. Of course, that’s the sort of thing you’d expect given my line of work. When unicorns and exotic metal become the routine, it’s easy to lose your perspective. But even with my drastically skewed sense of what four-wheeled “normalcy” is supposed to be, Monterey Car Week manages to impress. For starters, there’s the sheer scope of it. Think seven days of events and practically endless things to do, ranging from shows, to auctions, to racing, to cruises. There’s excess of every kind when it comes passion-inspiring rides to enjoy. Then there’s the backdrop. The California central coast is without a doubt one of the most spectacular places on Earth, with jaw-dropping scenery and rich history at every turn. But probably the best thing about MCW is the superiority of the cars on hand. Not only is the quantity over the top, but so is the quality, a rare combination to which I have yet to find an equal in all my auto-themed adventures. I’ve been covering this thing for several years now, but 2017 still managed to bring the goods in a big way.
If you’ve been thinking about going, but you’re still on the fence, then we hope this will convince you to get out there in 2018. If you wanna go, but haven’t had a chance, then we hope our account of the action will assuage your longing – for now, at least.
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2017 Gordon McCall Motorworks Revival – Preview
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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Soberanes Fires Continue To Burn, Monterey Car Week Undeterred
With the 66th annual Monterey Car Week kicking off in a few days, some 85,000 auto enthusiasts are expected to arrive on the central California coast to take part in various car shows, auctions, racing events, and cruises. However, attendees will need to share the road with the 5,000 firefighters currently battling a devastating wildfire located just south of Monterey.
One of the biggest issues is access to Highway 1, the main artery that runs north to south through the central coast. With the huge increase in traffic expected for MCW, concerns are being raised over whether or not firefighters will be able to get to and from the frontlines.
However, according to a report from local NBC affiliate KSBW, Cal Fire and the California Highway Patrol have given the event the go-ahead, and are working with organizers to make sure firefighting efforts aren’t hampered.
Some of the changes include a truncated route for the Tour d’Elegance, a classic car cruise that traditionally includes a run south into Big Sur. This year, the route has been shortened to 35 miles, rather than the usual 70. There will also be stricter parking enforcement, and additional law enforcement in high-traffic areas.
So far, the Soberanes wildfire has burned more than 70,000 acres and destroyed 57 homes. Hundreds of locals have been forced to flee, and the fire has been blamed for three injuries and one fatality. Acting Governor Tom Torlakson has declared a state of emergency in Monterey County.
Thankfully, the majority of the firefighting effort is now centralized south of Monterey, and it’s expected that the increase in traffic won’t have a major impact on firefighting efforts.
“We feel pretty comfortable that we are able to get in and out of the areas that we need to in case of emergency,” Cal Fire Capt. Mark Edria told KSBW.
Cal Fire is reporting that the fire is currently 60 percent contained. You can find updates on the firefighting efforts here.
The wildfire is thought to have originated from an illegal campfire in Garrapata State Park.
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Only a handful of miles separate downtown Monterey and Laguna Seca, permanently tying the small California city to the world of automotive performance. But the home of the Corkscrew isn’t the only reason the Central Coast is considered one of America’s most prominent motoring meccas. Before the famous racetrack was built in 1957, the SCCA hosted a road race in the neighboring community of Pebble Beach, offering a narrow, multi-surface track for lithe roadsters to slide among the cypress trees and hay bales. Just south is Big Sur, a cliff-lined twist that provides one of the most dramatic driving roads in the world. All told, there are plenty of reasons Monterey is considered a haven for car lovers, and every August, the gearheads come out to play in a jubilation of four-wheeled glory called Car Week.
The number of events in this particular slice of space-time borders on the excessive. The vast majority caters to the top-shelf of the car world, where absurd speed, jaw-dropping beauty, unicorn-like rarity, and head-spinning price are the norm. However, Monterey Car Week isn’t just for the multi-millionaires of the world. It’s an event in which car lovers of every stripe can participate. It’s a time to bask in the iridescent glow of the gas-fueled lifestyle. Sure, there were plenty of show-offs in six-figure playthings – that much is undeniable. But for every snob, there are several true-blue car lovers on hand.
It doesn’t matter how big your bank account is – every gearhead can appreciate the sound of a 1953 Ferrari 340 MM race car rounding a corner on 17 Mile Drive. It doesn’t matter if you own several mansions or pay rent – it’s hard to forget the sight of an original 1957-1962 Mercedes 300 SL crossing Bixby Bridge. It doesn’t matter what you drive – getting stuck in a line of McLarens parading around town is always memorable.
Yes, Monterey Car Week has plenty of exclusive activities for the well-heeled elite, but there’s also a lot to do on the cheap. Lucky for me, I got to experience both.
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Once a year, just before summer turns to fall, an army of well-heeled automotive enthusiasts descends upon California’s central coast. The affluent masses besiege the city of Monterey and its surrounding communities of Pebble Beach and Carmel, flooding the streets with the finest examples of premium automobiles. They are drawn from all over the world to celebrate the ultimate in motoring supremacy — an orgy of rare metal and money. Stand at any given street corner, and you’ll see more Ferraris and Lamborghinis than Civics and Camrys. This is Monterey Car Week.
The venue incorporates stunning scenery and a long, gasoline-fueled history. While automotive heroes of the past drop through the corkscrew at Laguna Seca (read our preview of the Monterey Motorsports Reunion here), the jet set make their appearances at the annual galas, show off in their high-priced rides, and participate in battles-of-the-bank-accounts at various collector car auctions.
Clearly, this is an event best covered by a well-connected individual of superior taste and social graces. But Editor Pete is busy, so he’s sending me instead.
Updated 08/12/2015: Lexus announced it will bring two updated models in Pebble Beach during the days leading up to the 2015 Concours d’ Elegance. Official debut will be made on August 13 at 7 p.m. PDT.
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August 14th’s 2013 McCall Motorworks Revival is shaping up to be one of the best supercar parties in the event’s history over the past two decades.
Golden and bubbling champagne, fine foods and the staccato rumble from an occasional ignition of the Pagani Huayra, Hennessey Venom GT or Porsche 918 Spyder is surely anyone car guy’s vision of heaven. Set against a Californian sunset backdrop, and it is easy to see why supercar makers choose McCall MWR as the kickoff to this epic concours show week.
Any time you can gather hundreds of famous historical bikes, airplanes and exotic cars in one place is destined to be fun, but spread out over the Monterey Jets airport hangar with champagne flowing like jet fuel – the McCall MWR is a high-octane jump start for the automotive movers and shakers who plan annual calendars around August’s Pebble Beach Concours week.
Unlike a regular auto show, which places the true exotics behind velvet ropes, this VIP event is private and allows its fancy crowd the chance to get very close and personal with these priceless exotics. Like Salon Privè in the U.K., this is as much a party as a marketing and sales event.
Discreetly to the side of the low-key manufacturer booths, there is typically a small business center for building the car’s customer base. After all, selling a million-dollar hypercar is not like leasing a new Ford Focus. It can take months (or years) of polite contacts and follow-ups, test drives and $1,000 goody bags arriving in the mail to make these individuals write such a big check.
Among the less-wealthy but die-hard car enthusiast clan, any chance to get such a fine group of machinery together is reason enough to celebrate.
Click past the jump for the detailed Event Preview of the 2013 McCall Motorworks Revival, with a list of the confirmed and expected U.S. debuts of the Aston Martin Vanquish Volante and many, many more.