The Drive Tastefully Guide to Monterey
Petrolisti, brace yourselves: Monterey Car Week is coming. The hectic monstrosity of the largest vintage car pilgrimage in the world is upon us. With more than 75 events, there is plenty to see in Monterey, but it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of things to do. However, Petrolicious is here to help! In addition to our nifty, mobile-friendly calendar, we’ve put together the Drive Tastefully Guide to Monterey Car Week to help keep the week stress free without missing the best events to see while in the region.
The event schedule is light, so if you’re planning on arriving on Tuesday, use the morning to enjoy some of the great driving roads in the area.
Automobila Day 1 of 2
If you’re into automobilia, this is definitely the event to check out. Over the years, the merchandise booths at the actual car shows have thinned out, so larger gatherings of vendors are becoming more commonplace. This boasts a lineup of exclusively original material—so you can be sure that the vintage Targa Florio race poster is, in fact, vintage.
Carmel By The Sea Concours
The Monterey coast is a true California gem, and this event is set on Ocean Avenue in downtown Carmel, perpendicular to the beach and surrounded by restaurants and art galleries. A great (and free) way to ease into the week before the more highlight days.
Carmel Mission Classic
A nice contrast to the Carmel By The Sea Concours, against the architecture of the Carmel Mission. There is a diverse display of cars for this year, including the feature vehicle, Rita Hayworth’s Ghia Cadillac as seen on Petrolicious.
The Little Car Show
Our quirky sensibility makes this a must-see event, so it’s worth stopping by even if it’s only for an hour. This year, the The Little Car Show will be featuring 50s orphan cars and we’re excited to see some rare cars from extinct marques!
Gordon McCall’s Motorworks Revival
Although McCall’s Motorworks Revival is more of an industry night, it’s worth attending for those trying to break into the automotive scene or just get a chance to rub shoulders with industry leaders.
Monterey Car Week is the legendary week for auction houses, with world records set each year. RM Sotheby’s will be auctioning the supercar-heavy Pinnacle Portfolio cars on Thursday, so if you’re curious to experience the auction madness, this is the day to attend with some of the most recognizable and iconic cars on display.
Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance
This is Pebble Beach’s rebuttal to the Concours d’Elegance ‘trailer queen’ stigma. Although this isn’t the most spirited drive, it is worth seeing some extremely rare cars in motion rather than dormant on a golf course. Bring a lawnchair, and watch a rolling car show pass by!
Automotive Arts and Film Festival
As filmmakers, this is a must for us. A great evening surrounded by our fellow artists dedicated to automotive storytelling.
Monterey Historics Practice/Quali
Go early, scout a great vantage point, sit down and just listen. Stay until you can convince yourself to leave.
Legends of the Autobahn
Last year, BMW made quite the entrance to LOTA by driving an LMP car directly into the event. The show is focused on Mercedes-Benz, Audi, and BMW (hence, Autobahn) so this is a great venue to enjoy the German marques before the week’s focus shifts to Italian cars. There is a nice balance between concours and corral which brings out a casual crowd.
Concorso Italiano’s variety felt a little thin last year, but they have announced 800 to 1,000 cars will be on display during this year’s show. Make sure you go early, as parking starts to get hectic right before lunch—although the traffic jam is somewhat of a car show in itself.
Monterey Historics Races
If you’re willing to skip the Concorso award ceremony, we recommend heading over to Laguna Seca for some racing action. Vintage racing is not a common sight, so we cannot stress attending enough! We will be there, and we will be snapchatting.
Pebble Beach Classic Car Forum
Although this event coincides with Concorso and the Historics, you’ll be able to hear from Louis de Fabribeckers, head of design at Touring Superleggera and Marek Reichman, the head of design at Aston Martin. Needless to say, we will be sneaking away from the other action to attend.
Dawn Patrol at Pebble Beach (free)
Watch the Concours d’Elegance cars lineup on the fairway at 4AM. It’s worth waking up early for, or not sleeping, whichever you prefer. Add our Snapchat account "petrolicious" for some live access if you’re not an early riser. For us, this is one of the most exciting events of the week.