Your Guide to Monterey Car Week 2019
Your Guide to Monterey Car Week 2019
Whether you are a veteran or a first timer, any trip to the Monterey Peninsula during this premier series of events is bound to be filled with a vast array of spectacular cars — new, vintage, sports, racing, and even ugly! As you make plans for the 2019 edition of Monterey Car Week, here’s a look at some of the events that you absolutely should not miss.
August 16 | Corral de Tierra Country Club, Salinas, CA
There’s no doubt that the Porsche brand is seeing a surge of popularity and attention from enthusiasts. Porsche Club of America created Werks Reunion in 2014 as a free event to celebrate Porsche models from every decade and to encourage camaraderie amongst enthusiasts. The event features street cars, restomods, outlaws, hot rods, and much more. More than 800 Porsches will be displayed and hundreds more are expected in the spectator parking lot.
August 16 | The Club at Pasadera, Monterey, CA
Each year the Legends event hosts more than 400 registered cars and 3,000 spectators who all come together to highlight German-marque cars. Hosted by the BMW Car Club of America, the Mercedes-Benz Club of America, and the Audi Club of North America, Legends presents awards for all three featured marques and boasts displays from manufacturers, sponsors, and vendors.
August 15-18 | WeatherTech Raceway, Laguna Seca, CA
The RMMR races take place at the WeatherTech Raceway at Laguna Seca and provides an opportunity for spectators to see historic race cars compete. Entrance to the paddock is free to the public, where spectators enjoy a close view of the drivers and the more than 500 vintage cars participating. Be sure to visit the Mazda Motorsports garage to hear a symphony of four-rotor, earsplitting sonic mastery. For this event, we recommend planning to stay all day to enjoy the breathtaking Pacific sunset.
August 17 | Bayonet & Black Horse Golf Course, Seaside, CA
This event features 800-1,000 beautiful Italian-marque cars at the scenic Bayonet & Black Horse Golf Course. The unique format combines elements of Italian fashion, food, music and art, making it a must-see for a complete Italian experience.
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RM Sotheby’s | August 15-17 | Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, CA
Gooding & Company | August 16-17 | Pebble Beach Equestrian Center, Del Monte Forest, CA
Bonhams | August 15-16 | Quail Lodge & Golf Club, Carmel, CA
The week’s series of auctions attracts leading international collectors to the beautiful California coast to bid on the finest classic cars in the world. This year, one of the Aston Martin DB5s driven by James Bond in Goldfinger and Thunderball will be hitting the action block at RM Sotheby’s, complete with all the gadgets seen in the movies.
Auctions of this caliber are always amazing, but if you are pressed for time, go in the evenings when the marquee high value cars are crossing the block. The Hagerty’s Insider app can keep you up to date on the cars being sold as well as viewing and auction start times.
August 16 | Quail Lodge & Golf Club, Carmel, CA
If you’re looking for some of the most exclusive cars on the peninsula, this event is for you. Tickets are expensive and hard to get, but the car experience is undeniable. Expect to see pre- and post-war racing and sports cars, supercars, sports and racing motorcycles, vintage Ferraris, and owners who are excited to share their stories.
August 17 | Seaside City Hall, Seaside, CA
An absolute must-see! While the finest cars in the world are on display right down the road at Pebble Beach, dozens of terrible cars, trucks, and transportation-like objects gather on the lawn of City Hall in Seaside, CA. Awards include Worst In Show, Needlessly Complex Italian, and Rust Belt American Junk. The vibe is fun and light. Rather than stressing over immaculate, period-correct cars, owners and attendees enjoy a light atmosphere of smiles and stories.
August 14 | The Monterey Jet Center, Monterey, CA
If you’re looking for “the scene,” you’ve found it. 3,000 of the most glamorous and interesting people on the peninsula gather for high class food, cars, and even private jets available for tour or purchase.
August 18 | The Lodge at Pebble Beach, Pebble Beach, CA
This is the ultimate gathering and show, with a competition featuring the most exquisite cars in existence. Each year, owners and attendees come together to celebrate one of the most important car events in the world. At dawn, early risers can watch as owners drive their cars onto the 18th fairway, truly a spectacle to behold.
Chris Lambiase is SVP of Enthusiast Partnerships at Road & Track.