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Guide to Monterey Car Week
Tuesday August 11th — Sunday August 16th

Welcome to the ultimate guide to Monterey Car Week, presented by Michelin and Petrolicious. This digital guide is purpose-built to organize a complex week and provide a more enjoyable, stress-free experience for everyone from first-timers to yearly veterans.

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Cars to Watch in Monterey

Russo and Steele Auction
1976 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Sedan
Given to Barbara Sinatra as a wedding gift from her new husband Frank, the Silver Shadow was painted to match the crooner’s eyes. It’s being offered without reserve, so if you’re in the market for a Rolls, why not one with a bit of celebrity cachet?
Russo and Steele Auction
1976 Jaguar XJ-S V-12 Coupe
The companion car—literally—to the 1976 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow Sedan, this Jaguar was given to Frank Sinatra by his then-newlywed 4th bride, Barbara. She had great taste in cars, it seems: this fully-loaded Jaguar even boasts the very rare and once-expensive Panasonic Cockpit RM710 overhead console stereo system. It’s being sold without reserve.
Russo and Steele Auction
1966 Shelby GT350
If you’re in the market for a Shelby GT350, you might as well buy one of the best. With an awards tally as long as its rocker stripes, this is one of the world’s finest examples. Did we mention it even includes a NOS spare tire and has had only two owners from new?
Russo and Steele Auction
1956 Porsche 356 Speedster
Low mileage of little more than 36,000, with an original motor and transmission, this Speedster was just the 11th built in 1956. Sold new in California, we think it’d be a fitting and most pleasurable way to travel back to L.A. after Monterey.
Various Locations
1915 Model T Touring
Honoring a road trip that Edsel Ford and his friends made in 1915 from Dearborn, MI to San Francisco, CA, the Historic Vehicle Association has been on the road for weeks—and heading toward Monterey. The driving team of HVA President Mark Gessler, a life-long car guy and veteran of a number of Mille Miglias and the group’s historian, Casey Maxon, will be attending various events at Monterey. Ask them how the trip has been!
Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion (August 13-16)
Mazda 787-002
Built for the 1990 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race, the Mazda 787 was a radical approach to engineering a prototype race car than what other automaker had ever taken. With a four-rotor rotary engine making 720 horsepower and was initially entered in the 1990 24 Hours of Le Mans. The next year, this car finished in the top 10, with a sister model taking the win.
Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion (August 13-16)
1991 Mazda RX-7 IMSA GTO
Originally driven in 1991 by Pete Halsmer, the very quick 640+ horsepower RX-7 GTO dominated the drivers’ championship and helped Mazda claim the manufacturers’ title as well. Three years after being retired from IMSA competition, GTO-001 returned to the track at the 1994 24 Hours of Le Mans, where it finished second in class.
Carmel Mission Classic (Wednesday, August 12)
1953 Cadillac 62 by Ghia
Not only Rita Hayworth’s former coachbuilt Cadillac, this car is also a former Petrolicious film subject. Built for Hayworth by her former husband Aly Khan, the car couldn’t save their marriage—but Hayworth did like the car, and kept it! The Carmel Mission Classic is a rare opportunity to see this beauty up close and personal.
Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion (August 13-16)
1976 Lotus 77
Mario Andretti’s Lotus 77 is one of the most beautiful-looking Formula 1 cars of all-time, and though Andretti wasn’t too fond of it, the car did score its only win in the 1976 Japanese Grand Prix, the same rain-soaked event that awarded James Hunt his only World Championship. We can’t wait for Monterey: the 77’s Cosworth DFV will be howling away down the corkscrew!
Porsche WERKS Reunion (Friday, August 14)
1996 911 GT1
A celebration of the Porsche GTs
This car was designed for competition in the GT1 class and won in it's debut race at Le Mans. Porsche built this sports prototype first to compete, then to comply with regulations built a street legal version. This is unique as typically manufacturers will develop a race version of a current road car. The competition version raced on MICHELIN® competition tires and the street version (of which it is said that 20 of the street version were built with maybe 10 still in existence) used MICHELIN® Pilot® tires.
Porsche WERKS Reunion (Friday, August 14)
2002 Porsche 996 GT2
A celebration of the Porsche GTs
OE fitment MICHELIN® Pilot® Sport
Porsche WERKS Reunion (Friday, August 14)
2010 Porsche 997 GT3
A celebration of the Porsche GTs
OE Fitment MICHELIN® Pilot® Sport Cup
Porsche WERKS Reunion (Friday, August 14)
2016 Porsche 981 GT4
A celebration of the Porsche GTs
OE fitment MICHELIN® Pilot® Sport Cup 2
Legends of the Autobahn (Friday, August 14)
2015 BMW Alpina B6 GC
The premium sports cars of each German marque with Michelin as Original Equipment. OE Fitment MICHELIN® Pilot® Super Sport Celebrating 30 years as the exclusive tire of Alpina vehicles.
Legends of the Autobahn (Friday, August 14)
2015 Audi R8
The premium sports cars of each German marque with Michelin as Original Equipment. New 20" Option in 2016 with MICHELIN® Pilot® Sport Cup 2.
Legends of the Autobahn (Friday, August 14)
2015 Mercedes AMG GT-S
The premium sports cars of each German marque with Michelin as Original Equipment. MICHELIN® Pilot® Sport Cup 2.
Rolex Reunion at Laguna Seca Raceway (Friday, August 14 – Sunday, August 16)
"The First" L'Eclair
From the First to the Fastest
In 1895, no auto manufacturer wanted to fit its vehicles with pneumatic tires. So, in cooperation with Peugeot, Edouard and Andre Michelin would start making their own automobiles. To showcase this new technology, L’Eclair (its French name meaning “lighting bolt” – a reference to its erratic zig-zag motion) was produced and entered into the 1,200 kilometer Paris-Beordeaux-Paris race. With pneumatic tires and driven by the Michelin brothers themselves, the L’Eclair arrived in Paris absolutely last, but within the 100 hours allowed for the race. The Michelin brothers had proven their point; it is possible to ride on air and a revolution was born. L'Eclair will make the trip from the Michelin Musuem in France to the Michelin garage at Laguna Seca Raceway and will mark a historic milestone as it will be the first time ever in North America.
Rolex Reunion at Laguna Seca Raceway (Friday, August 14 – Sunday, August 16)
"The Fastest" Koenigsegg One:1
From the First to the Fastest
The One:1 was introduced in 2014. Seven examples, including one prototype, were built during 2014 and 2015. This was one of the most exclusive production car programs ever envisaged in the car industry. The hp-to-kg curb weight ratio is an astonishing 1:1. This is the “dream” equation, previously thought impossible when it comes to fully road legal and usable sports cars. The One:1 is the first homologated production car in the world with one Megawatt of power, thereby making it the world's first series produced Megacar. Thus, the name One:1. Michelin has a long history as a technical partner with the Koenigsegg brand. For the One:1, Michelin specifically tuned the MICHELIN® Pilot® Sport Cup 2 to optimize the performance of this new mega car. For the first time, the Koenigsegg One:1 will arrive in North America and prominently be displayed in the Michelin garages at Laguna Seca Raceway.
Gooding & Company The Pebble Beach Auction
1956 Fiat Eden Roc by Pinin Farina
Where else can you see one of Pinin Farina’s whimsical Eden Roc beach cars? Just two were made, and this one—single family ownership from new—will be offered by Gooding & Company.
Gooding & Company The Pebble Beach Auction
1964 Porsche 904 Carrera GTS
Do you need to know more than the description offered by the auction house? "Porsche Works Team Car at Le Mans, Targa Florio, and Monte Carlo Rally". If you want to see an ex-Works 904, this is the one to ogle at.
Gooding & Company The Pebble Beach Auction
1982 Porsche 956
"Honey, what did you buy at the auction?" "Oh, y'know, just the overall winner of the 1983 24 Hours of Le Mans." "OK, dear, that sounds interesting." Is there another 80s sports prototype you’d rather have in your garage?
Gooding & Company The Pebble Beach Auction
1960 Porsche RS60
One of only four works RS60s made, this has long been one of our favorite Porsches. This particular example has the added distinction of being the factory entry at Le Mans, Sebring, and Targa Florio!
RM Sotheby's Monterey
1998 McLaren F1 'LM Specification'
Few people are fortunate to see the McLaren F1 in person. This low mileage, complete version isn’t something to be missed. How we will envy the new owner of this car!
RM Sotheby's Monterey
1952 Jaguar XK120 Supersonic by Ghia
A flying saucer? No. A jet warping through space and time? No. It’s a Jaguar XK120 Supersonic by Ghia. There’s something wildly beautiful about these 'Jet Age' automobiles from the 1950's. This is a must see if you enjoy true imaginative design.
RM Sotheby's Monterey
1971 Mazda Cosmo Sport
A beautiful Mazda that you might never see again. It’s believed to be one of twelve in existence, which almost ensures there won’t be another one around the streets of Carmel. It’s unique design makes it an interesting car to look at.

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