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Monterey is heating up in August

The Quail among August Monterey highlights

CARMEL VALLEY, Calif.- The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, an annual feast and garden party for automotive enthusiasts from around the world, will be held Friday, Aug. 19, at the Quail Lodge & Golf Club in Carmel Valley.

The Quail

More than 200 rare motor vehicles, selected from private collections around the world, will be on display. Featured themes will include Rivalries of the Ages; 100th Anniversary of BMW; Retrospective of Laguna Seca Raceway; 50th Anniversary of the Lamborghini Miura; Pre-War Sports and Racing; Post-War Sports; Post-War Racing; Supercars; The Great Ferraris; and Sports and Racing Motorcycles.

The Quail Rally is a three-day drive preceding The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. Comprised of 30 vintage automobiles from different car collectors. Participation is by invitation only.


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Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

Once each year in August, 200 of the most prized collector cars in the world roll onto what is often called the best finishing hole in golf — the famed 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links. Tire meets turf and transformation occurs: the stage is set for one of the most competitive events in the automotive world.

Originally a small social event paired with a road race through the pine and cypress forests of Pebble Beach, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance has grown into the top-ranking collector car competition in the world.

The concours is not a contest of speed, but of elegance. Automobiles and motorcycles are judged for their historical accuracy, their technical merit and their style. The best garner reward and recognition.

On Aug. 21, the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will feature the following marques and special classes: Delahaye; Chapron Coachwork; BMW Centennial; 50th Anniversary of the Ford GT40 Victory at Le Mans; Bizzarrini; Lamborghini Miura; Two-Man Indianapolis Race Cars 1930–1937; and BMW Motorcycles. Learn more at

Pebble Beach Driving Events


The Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance presented by Rolex is an annual driving event that dazzles entrants and spectators alike. The traditional tour traces portions of the original 17-Mile Drive, traverses nearby mountains and valleys, and pauses in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

The tour is open to all entrants in the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and it can impact Concours results. If two vehicles tie in class competition at the concours, the vehicle that has successfully completed the tour gets the nod.

WHEN: Aug. 21


The Pebble Beach Motoring Classic is a memorable road trip for enthusiasts with elegant automobiles. The Motoring Classic begins near Seattle, Wash., and covers approximately 1,500 miles as it winds down through the mountains and along the coast of the Pacific Northwest on its way to its final destination — the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Quality and thoroughbred automobiles manufactured prior to 1968 are invited to participate in the Motoring Classic.

TOUR DATES: Aug. 9–17


See the latest displays and debuts from sponsors such as Cadillac, Infiniti, Kia, Lexus, Tesla and W Motors. Thousands of car aficionados annually tour the popular Peter Hay Hill displays in the days leading up to the Concours, and on Concours Sunday the displays line the main pedestrian path to the Concours show field.

WHEN:Aug. 18–21


Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours

Carmel By the Sea

WHEN: Aug. 16, 10 am–5 pm

LOCATION: Ocean Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea

Carmel-by-the-Sea’s world-famous Ocean Avenue will be closed to traffic and 18 blocks of downtown will be filled with collector cars and related motorized fun. A fascinating mix of American and foreign cars will be showcased in front of a backdrop of charming shops, critically acclaimed restaurants and numerous galleries. This year’s event will focus on vehicles not usually seen during this 10-day period. Well over 175 cars will be on display in groups of juried classes, including include Luxury Cars, Muscle Cars, Hot Rods and Sporting Cars and Micro Cars.

Classic Motorsports
Monterey Kickoff Cruise-In

Monterey Kickoff

WHEN: Aug. 16, 3-7 pm.
LOCATION: Folktale Winery, 8940 Carmel Valley Road, Carmel

Bring your cool classic car and enjoy fine wines, food and music with the staff of Classic Motorsports. Admission is free.

Carmel Mission Classic

Carmel Mission Classic

WHEN: Aug. 17, 10 am–4 pm
LOCATION: Carmel Mission Basilica, Carmel

Celebrating its fourth year, this event combines great automobiles with the faith and the palate, with wine tasting and gourmet food on the historic Mission grounds.


The Little Car Show

WHEN: Aug.17, noon–5 pm

LOCATION: Lighthouse Avenue, Pacific Grove

American vehicles will be featured this year, but marques from many countries will be on hand. This event puts the spotlight on micro, mini and arcane vehicles with no greater than 1,601cc displacement engines or electric-powered vehicles.

McCall’s Motorworks Revival

McCall Revival

WHEN: Aug. 17, 5-10 pm

LOCATION: Monterey Jet Center

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Gordon McCall’s Motorworks Revival supporting the California Highway Patrol 11-99 Foundation. The Red Carpet Reception features two hangers filled with gourmet food and wines, rare vintage sports cars, and the latest luxury and super cars.

Automotive Film and Arts Festival

Automoto Festival

WHEN: Aug. 20, 4–11 pm

LOCATION: Golden State Theatre, Monterey

The annual event showcasing great dramas, documentaries, and works of art, music and design related to the automotive world.

Legends of the Autobahn

Legends Autobahn

WHEN: Aug. 19, 9 am–4 pm

LOCATION: Nicklaus Club-Monterey

Legends is hosted by the BMW Car Club of America, the Mercedes—Benz Club of America, and the Audi Club of America. The annual concours event offers both corral and judged areas, awards for all three featured marques, and an open class for all other German-made cars. Each year, the concours draws over 400 registered cars and over 3,000 spectators that fill the fairways of the Nicklaus Club-Monterey. This year the event will celebrate the 100th anniversary of BMW in Monterey.

Concours d’Lemons


WHEN: Aug. 15, 8 am–1:30 pm

LOCATION: Laguna Grande Park, Seaside

Hoopties, rust buckets, misfits, mistakes and the worst of the automotive world will be on display.

Concorso Italiano

Concorso Italiano

WHEN: Aug. 20, 9 am–5 pm

LOCATION: Black Horse Golf Course, Seaside

The unique format features 800 to 1,000 vehicles of Italian origin with elements of Italian style such as fashion, food, music and art at the Black Horse Golf Club.

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