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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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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The Lamborghini Veneno made its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and shocked pretty much everyone, but not everyone took too kindly to it. Now, you’ll get a chance to see if this is either the best or worst Lamborghini you’ve ever seen, as Lambo will display the supercar at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance this weekend.
Prior to it hitting the Pebble Beach Concourse, the Veneno will make its North American debut on August 16th, at The Quail, A Motorsport Gathering, which will also bring into focus classic Lamborghini models, like the 1963 350 GTV. Veneno’s unveiling in Monterey is part of Lamborghini’s celebration of its 50th anniversary.
"We’re celebrating 100 years of innovation in half the time – what better way than by showing the first Lamborghini ever built alongside our latest racing prototype and road-going super sports car - the Veneno."
The $4 million supercar will be delivered to its lucky owners later this year.
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The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering has been described in so many ways by so many different people. But the most apt of all those descriptions, at least as far as we’re concerned, is its status as one of the most eagerly anticipated events for automotive connoisseurs and enthusiasts from all over the world.
Since its inception in 2002, the event has become regarded as the ultimate melting pot for auto aficionados. This isn’t on the level of a major auto show like Frankfurt or Geneva. It’s not even similar to something closer to home like SEMA. This event is reserved for the most revered of vehicles; the kind that fetches millions in auctions or are displayed for only so many days in a calendar year.
That’s the prestige of The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering and this year’s event, set to be held on Friday, August 16, 2013, at the newly renovated and re-opened Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel Valley at the Monterey Peninsula, will be no different.
Forbes has described the event as “one of the car world’s most anticipated concours events” and no truer words have ever been spoken.
This year, a host of events are already being lined up to add even more allure to the event. It seems highly appropriate that with The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering moving into its second decade of existence, no expense is being spared to ensure that this already anticipated event becomes even more can’t-miss moving forward.
Click past the jump to read about what’s on tap for The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering 2013