What not to miss at the 2017 Monterey Classic Car Week

Monterey Classic Car Week is a jam-packed event, with something fun and exciting occurring every day. It’s not always easy to see everything you might want to, so we’ve narrowed down the list to our top five events that you simply can’t miss…

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance (17 August)

See the stars of Sunday’s show in motion on the Tour d’Elegance. This short coastal jaunt from Pebble Beach to Carmel-By-The-Sea and back will provide onlookers with a sneak peek of the cars before they hit the 18th fairway of the iconic Pebble Beach Golf Links. While last year’s tour had to be rerouted due to a wildfire burning to the east of Big Sur, it has been announced that this year’s will be returning to its original picturesque route.

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion (17–20 August)

The reunion races at Laguna Seca, often referred to as a museum sprung to life, is the largest event of the week. It relives motorsport history at the iconic American circuit, with cars from 1927 to 1991 participating, including racing, touring, and grand touring cars. This year, the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca will be celebrating its 60th anniversary, along with Formula Junior, and there will be a display to honour the 70th anniversary of Ferrari.

Collector car auctions (17–19 August)

Monterey Car Week is the mecca for collector car auctions. Capitalising on myriad events taking place, auctions houses see record numbers of attendants at their Monterey auctions. Many of the auction houses will go head to head throughout the week, with Russo & Steele not only competing with Worldwide Auctioneers on Thursday, but also auction heavyweights RM Sotheby’s and Gooding & Co. on the Friday and Saturday. May the best cars find the most worthy of homes...

The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering (18 August)

The Quail is a motorsport gathering like no other. Taking place within a garden party setting, this event is about more than the cars — it’s a meeting place for the who’s who of the car world to catch up with friends old and new while dining on international five-star food and drink. Not only are cars presented in such themes as The Great Ferrari, Originals, Supercars, and Mid-Engine Marvels, marques like Ferrari, Lamborghini, Bugatti, Rolls Royce, Bentley will also be displaying their newest and most highly anticipated models.

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance (20 August)

The concours starts with Dawn Patrol, when the early risers take a 6:00am stroll around the 18th hole of the magnificent Pebble Beach Golf Links to watch the sun rise over all the beautiful entrants, with the mist of the Pacific Ocean putting a glittery filter on everything. Throughout the day, the cars will be judged and winners from such classes as Isotta Fraschini, Castagna Coachwork, and Ferrari One-Off Speciales will be crowned — culminating with the presentation of the most prestigious award of all: The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Best in Show.

Photos: Rémi Dargegen and Drew Phillips for Classic Driver © 2017

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