Monterey Playbook Presented by Passport Transport

Joining us in Monterey again this August? Then let us be your guide. There’s so much to do that week–from worldclass auctions to top-flight vintage racing–that it requires a modicum of organization. Having something resembling a plan should keep you enjoying the cars and out of traffic. Here’s our guide to Monterey, presented by Passport Transport.

August 11

Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours on the Avenue
Ocean Avenue in downtown Carmel-by-the-sea

Price: Free
Insider tip: Get there early to avoid the crowds.
Dress: Casual attire is fine.
Info: The event is freem the location is delightful, and the field is always amazing.

Classic Motorsports Monterey Kickoff Cruise-In presented by Hagerty
Folktale Winery, 8940 Carmel Valley Road in Carmel

Price: Free
Insider tip: The event starts at 4:00 p.m., and we expect a full house.
Dress: Bring a sweater. It may get a little chilly that evening.
Info: The venue for our annual kickoff party has a new name, but it’s the same location. Join the staffs from Classic Motorsports, Hagerty, On the Road Again Classics, Reliable Carriers, XKs Unlimited and Vredestein Tires for a relaxing evening.

August 12

Classic Motorsports Monterey Auction Tours
RM Sotheby's (11 a.m. at Portola Hotel and Spa)
Russo and Steele (1 p.m. at Fisherman's Warf)

Price: Free
Important notes: Registration is required.
Dress: Business or resort casual should be fine.
Info: Let's go behind the auction scenes, talk cars, and learn something from one another. In addition to the auction houses, several other companies make this event possible with their generosity: Chubb Collector Car Insurance, Reliable Carriers and Ferrari Financial Services.

Carmel Mission Classic Car Show
Carmel Mission Basilica, 3080 Rio Road in Carmel

Price: $35 online, $45 at the door.
Insider tip: Get there by 1 p.m. to have your car blessed by the Most Reverend Richard Garcia, Bishop of the Diocese of Monterey, and Fr. Paul Murphy, the Pastor of Carmel Mission Basilica.
Dress: Keep is casual.
Info: This laid-back event features some of our favorite things: cool cars, live music and complementary wine tastings.

Gordon McCall’s Motorworks Revival 2015
Monterey Jet Center, 300 Sky Park Drive in Monterey

Price: $350+ Insider tip: Buy tickets early. Dress: Dress to impress. Info: It’s an A-list party complete with gourmet food, top-tier cars and airplanes, and lots of beautiful people.

August 13

Baja Cantina Grill & Filling Station Cruise-In
7166 Carmel Valley Road in Carmel

Price: Free
Insider tip: Get there early if you want a good parking spot.
Dress: Wear your favorite mechanic jacket.
Info: The local motorsports-themed watering hole attracts quite the crowd that Thursday evening.

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance presented by Rolex
Portions of 17-Mile Drive and downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea

Price: Free to watch
Insider tip: A map and schedule can be found on the event’s website.
Dress: Comfortable clothes.
Info: Want to see the Pebble Beach cars for free? Then check out the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance. At 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, the show cars leave Pebble Beach’s Collins Field for a lap around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. From noon until 2:00, they can be viewed in downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea.

August 13-15

Pebble Beach RetroAuto
The Inn at Spanish Bay ballrooms in Pebble Beach

Price: Free
Insider tip: Remember to have a few bucks on hand for the 17-Mile Drive toll.
Dress: California casual.
Info: Need something to decorate your walls? Whether it’s for the living room or the workroom, you’ll find it here.

August 13-16

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, 1021 Monterey-Salinas Highway in Salinas

Admission: general admission starts at $60
Insider tip: Budget plenty of time for walking the paddock.
Dress: Earplugs, comfortable shoes and a hat.
This year the Rolex is celebrating 50 years of the Shelby GT350 Mustang. Race groups will also feature Trans-Am, Formula 1, and IMSA cars as well as all of the usual food groups.

August 14

Legends of the Autobahn presented by Michelin
Nicklaus Club-Monterey, 100 Pasadera Drive in Monterey

Admission: Free for spectators.
Insider tip: For the latest on the event–as well as other Monterey festivities– download the BMW CCA Monterey Weekend app.
Dress: Roundels, three-pointed stars, or the four rings.
Info: This show brings together three powerhouse German clubs: BMW Car Club of America, the Mercedes Club of America, and the Audi Club of North America.

The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering
Quail Lodge & Golf Club, 8205 Valley Greens Drive in Carmel

Admission: Sold out
Insider tip: For free, you can wander through their parking lot filled with amazing automobiles.
Dress: Resort casual.
Info: This one is already sold out, those with tickets see some of the weekend’s top cars and yummiest food.

Werks Reunion
Rancho Cañada Golf Club, 4860 Carmel Valley Road in Monterey

Admission: Free for spectators
Insider tip: Michelin will be awarding some tasty prizes, including a trip to Le Mans and a set of tires.
Dress: Porsche crest, of course.
Info: Back for a second year, the Porsche Club of America will host a show for nothing but Porsches. They’re expecting more than 500, in fact.

August 14-16

Festorics Exclusive Corral
Overlooking Turn 5 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, 1021 Monterey-Salinas Hwy. in Salinas

Admission: Free to watch.
Insider Tip: The food is always great.
Dress: Roundels. Roundel hats, roundel shirts, roundel belts.
Info: The BMW CCA can once again be found in the section of the track’s paddock overlooking Turn 5.

August 15

Concorso Italiano
Black Horse Golf Course,1 McClure Way in Seaside

Admission: $160 in advance
Insider tip: Spectator tickets cost $160, but it’s just $100 to register an Italian motorcycle.
Dress: Lots of red is the norm.
Info: This one celebrates all vehicles from Italy, from the humble family go-getter to the hyperexotic. Ferraris and Fiats rub shoulders with one-offs and prototypes.

Concours d’LeMons
Laguna Grande Park, 1249 Canyon Del Rey Blvd. in Seaside

Admission: Free for spectators and entrants
Insider tip: Enjoy some shade and hospitality courtesy of Hagerty.
Dress: Devo Energy Dome, Canadian tuxedo or seersucker suit.
This one is free and fabulous. Where else can you experience a perfectly preserved 1975 Ford LTD or a car covered in fur?

The Auctions

Russo and Steele Sports and Muscle Monterey Auction Event
August 12-15 viewing, August 13-15 sale
Fisherman’s Warf, 290 Figueroa Street in Monterey

Admission: $20 general admission
Insider tip: Once you register as a bidder, additional guest tickets are just $50 each.
Dress: Ringmaster Drew Alcazar will be dressed to impress.
Info: A Russo and Steele sale is more than an auction; it’s entertainment. Expect to see some 250 cars of all types and budgets cross the block.

Mecum at Monterey
August 11-12 viewing, August 13-15 sale
Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa, 1 Old Golf Course Road in Monterey

Admission: $20
Insider tip: Even if you’re not buying, for $20 it’s a heck of a car show.
Dress: California casual works.
Info: Mecum says to expect 600 vehicles, with the feature attractions including a Toyota 2000GT, Lamborghini Miura and Steve McQueen’s Porsche 930.

Bonhams: Quail Lodge Auction
August 12-14 viewing, August 15 sale
Quail Lodge & Golf Club 7000 Valley Greens Drive in Carmel

Admission: $20 for gallery guide admission, $100 for an Auction Catalog that includes entry for two people.
Insider tip: Not shopping? Go anyway. Rarely will you see this many amazing cars at once.
Dress: Business casual at a minimum.
Info: Bonhams offers another reason to head to the grounds of the Quail: some of the finest cars ever assembled. This year’s list includes a Porsche 959, Ferrari Daytona and Lotus 11.

RM Sotheby’s Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction
August 12-13 viewing, August 13-15 sale
Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, 2 Portola Plaza in Monterey

Admission: $40 guest pass, $300 to bid
Insider tip: For free you can watch the cars drive in from the marshaling yard nearby.
Dress: Business casual at a minimum.
Info: RM Sotheby’s has put together something called the Pinnacle Portfolio. Basically it’s the best of the best, from a 300 SL Gullwing and Porsche Speedster to a pair of Veyrons and a host of latemodel Ferrari classics.

Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auctions
August 12-16 viewing, August 15-16 sale
Pebble Beach Equestrian Center, within the Pebble Beach grounds at the corner of Portola Road and Stevenson Drive

Admission: $40
Insider tip: It’s $40 per person to get in, but for $100 you get a pair of tickets plus a catalog. For $200 you get two tickets, reserved seating, and permission to bid.
Dress: Business casual.
Info: Don’t miss the sale from the official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
August 12-16 viewing, August 15-16 sale
18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach

Admission: $300 for general admission presale, $350 day of show
Insider tip: Traffic is always brutal, so either be part of the Dawn Patrol or pony up the $20 for the Carmel-by-the-Sea shuttle service.
Dress: Nice clothes, please.
Info: It’s time for the most prestigious concours on the face of the planet. Prepare to have your senses assaulted.

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