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Want to know where to go and when while in Monterey? Stop sweating and start packing, because the Old Cars Weekly staff has prepared this list with the aid of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance to help you find all the great vintage car-related events around Monterey, Calif., this August. There are a dizzying number of activities to follow, but this list will hopefully help get you to the right spot at the right time.

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Aug. 21, 10:30 a.m.

Location: 18th Fairway of the Pebble Beach Golf Links


First conducted in 1950, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance has been called the world’s premier celebration of the automobile. The most beautiful and rare automobiles are invited to appear on the famed 18th fairway of the Pebble Beach Golf Links each year, attracting connoisseurs of art and technology from around the world.

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance

Aug. 18, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Location: Pebble Beach to Big Sur to Carmel and Back to Pebble Beach


The Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance presented by Rolex is an annual driving event that showcases the elegance of the automobile in motion, while highlighting the early history of Pebble Beach. The Tour traces portions of the original 17-Mile Drive, traverses nearby mountains and valleys, dips down Highway One and stops in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Spectators can view these cars driving on Ocean Avenue in downtown Carmel. Tour participants are Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance entrants only.

Pebble Beach RetroAuto

Aug. 19-20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.;

Aug. 21, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Location: Adjacent to the main Pebble Beach Concours entrance


The RetroAuto pavilion features rare collectibles and memorabilia, as well as the latest luxury goods and technological tools to enhance today’s driving experience. Exhibitors represent a variety of retail and manufacturing categories, including historic automobilia, auto parts, original poster art, books and literature, fine art, photography and posters, and luxury items.

Automotive Fine Arts Society Exhibit

Aug. 21, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Location: 18th Fairway on the Pebble Beach Golf Links

The latest creations by the finest automotive artists of our day are displayed annually at the Automotive Fine Arts Society (AFAS) Exhibition, located on the show field of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. In 2010, the event celebrated its 25th anniversary! (Concours ticket required for admittance.)

Pebble Beach Motoring Classic

Aug. 8-17

Location: Kirkland, Wash., to Pebble Beach

The Pebble Beach Motoring Classic is the ultimate road trip for enthusiasts with automobiles that have more than a dash of elegance. The Motoring Classic begins near Seattle on Aug. 8 and covers approximately 1,500 miles as it winds through the mountains and along the coast of the Pacific Northwest on its way to the ultimate auto destination — the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Participants are expected to arrive Aug. 17.

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Aug. 18-21, time to be announced

Location: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Salinas, Calif.


The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is a celebration of motorsports history that reunites authentic race cars with a world-class road racing track, allowing race fans to witness motor racing as it once was.

The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering

Aug. 19, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: Quail Lodge Golf Club


The Quail is a motorsports gathering on the Quail Lodge Golf Club that highlights both vintage sporting automobiles and exceptional cuisine. Tickets are difficult to obtain.

Concorso Italiano

Aug. 19, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Laguna Seca Golf Ranch


Concorso Italiano is a celebration of Italian style embracing cultural elements such as cars, music, food and fashion.

Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours

Aug. 16, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location: Ocean Avenue, Carmel-By-The-Sea


Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours on the Avenue is an annual event featuring a variety of vehicles including luxury cars, muscle cars, hot rods and sporting cars on Ocean Avenue, in the heart of downtown Carmel.

Automobilia Monterey

Aug. 16-17, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Location: Ballroom of the Embassy Suites


An automobilia show held in the ballroom of the Embassy Suites hotel off Highway 1.

Concours d’LeMons

Aug. 14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: Toro Regional Park, 501 Monterey, Salinas


This offbeat car event celebrates the oddball and mundane vehicles of the automotive world.

HMSA Monterey Pre-Reunion

Aug. 13-14, time to be announced

Location: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Salinas


The Historic Motor Sports Association events feature historic production cars built through 1966 and purpose-built Formula, Sports Racing and IMSA cars built through 1984.


For additional details regarding the August Monterey-area auctions, please see pages 24-25 of the Aug. 4 issue of Old Cars Weekly.

RM Auctions

Aug. 18-20, time TBA

Location: The Portola Plaza Hotel, Monterey


Russo & Steele Auction

Aug. 18-20, Preview 10 a.m., auction at 5 p.m.

Location: San Carlos Ballroom, Marriott Hotel, Monterey


Mecum Auctions

Aug. 18-20, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Location: Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa on Del Monte Golf Course, Monterey


Bonhams & Butterfields Auction

Aug. 18-19

Location: Quail Lodge Golf Club

MidAmerica Motorcycle Marketplace

Aug. 19-21

Location: Adjacent to main Pebble Beach Concours pedestrian entrance


Gooding & Co. auction

Aug. 17-21, time TBA

Location: Pebble Beach Equestrian Center


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