For all of you heading to heaven, here's a guide for the Monterey Car Week, 2011. Don't miss it!
August...13-14, Rolex Monterey Motorsports Pre-Reunion. This is the second year this event has been open to the public with many of the same cars that run the following weekend. Prices are also reduced in comparison. Very low key without the hoards of spectators. Info. http://www.mazdaraceway.com
August...16, Carmel-By-The-Sea Concours on the Avenue. 11:00-5:00 This is such a cool event with the main street of Carmel closed for the Concours. All types of cars are shown with special classes for Ferrari and Porsche. Get there early and have a 'cup of joe' and pastry as parking can become a problem. Don't forget to take in the "Concours in the Windows" of the local shops. All this...and it's free to spectate! Info.
August...16-17, Automobilia Monterey. 10:00-6:00 Vendors selling original vintage posters, photos, literature, rallye plates, badges, and much more. If you have never been to an automobilia show, take this in. There is a small fee. Info. http://www.automobiliamonterey.com
August...17, The Pacific Grove Tiny Car Show. 10:00-5:00 This is the second year for this show, which includes gas powered micro and mini cars under 1,600cc. Info. http://www.marinamotorsports.org
August...18, The Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance. Cars launch from Pebble Beach at 8:30 and make their way along the 17-mile drive, down Hwy. 1 a short distance and back for lunch stopping for 1-2 hours on the main street of Carmel. Very cool to hear these cars run and get up close to take a look, but get to Carmel early as it gets very crowded. It's free. More info. http://www.pebblebeachconcours.net
August...18, Baja Cantina Gathering. 5:00-10:00 It's the ultimate car guy hangout and restaurant. Hot Rods, Sports Cars, Racers, you name it...it can show up! This is a great way to end the day! Located 3 miles east of Hwy. 1 on Carmel Valley Rd.
August...19, The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering. 10:00-4:00 Quail Lodge Golf Club. This year will feature Phil Hill's F-1 Championship. May be sold out. Info. http://www.quaillodgeevents.com/pages/thequail.cgi
August...19, Concourso Italiano. 9:00-5:00 Laguna Seca Golf Ranch. The woulds largest exotic Italian car show.
Cost is $130 day of event. Info. http://www.concorso.com
August...19, Legends of the Autobahn. 9:00-3:00 Rancho Canada Golf Club in Carmel Valley. This is for the guys that would rather check out the German cars. Info.
August...19, Pacific Grove Concours Auto Rally. Cars line up at 1:30-5:30 and the tour begins at 6:00 p.m. A low key event that is fun and free to just look. Draws about 200+ cars. Info.http://pgautorally.org/
August...19-21, Retro Auto at Pebble Beach, 10:00-5:00 This event features collectibles and memorabilia with all kinds of cool stuff for a car guy. As of posting, there is no cost listed. I guess, if you have to ask, you can't afford it. Info. http://www.pebblebeachconcours.net
August...19-21, Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. This is the grand-daddy of them all when it comes to Vintage Racing. Held at Laguna Seca Raceway, if you have never been, you're missing out. Prices are under $100 per day. Info. http://www.mazdaraceway.com/
August...20, "Boys of Bonneville" Movie Showing. The new film will be shown in Carmel at the Sunset Cultural Arts Center. Info. http://www.boysofbonneville.com/screenings/
August...21, Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. 10:30-5:30 This year will feature Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari, and 125 years of the Automobile as well as Italian Motorcycles. This is also the grand-daddy of Concours events, cost is $200 at the door. Info. http://www.pebblebeachconcours.net
August...18-19, Bonham's Auction, Quail Lodge
August...18-20, Mecum at Monterey
August...18-20, Russo and Steele Monterey
August...19-20, RM Auction Monterey
August...20-21, Gooding Company Pebble Beach