The HVA attended Monterey Auto Week 2012, making stops at a number of the events throughout the week, taking in the sights and sounds and bringing you complete coverage of all the great cars on display. Among the events we attended are: Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours; Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance; The Quail; Rolex Monterey Sports Reunion at Leguna Seca; Pebble Beach; and RM Auction.
Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours on the Avenue is the latest addition to the prestigious group of events that make up the Monterey Peninsula’s ten-day collector car gathering. This event celebrates the finest in automotive design and engineering. Eighteen blocks of Ocean Avenue will be closed to traffic to host the event. More than 175 American and foreign cars not generally seen during the ten-day event will line the streets for a beautiful display.
Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance
The Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance is an annual driving event that appeals to both participants and viewers. It showcases the elegance of the automobile in motion and the early history of Pebble Beach. Prior to the establishment of the Pebble Beach golf course, the area was primarily known for its scenic drives, winding through forest, along steep cliffs, and leading to a stunning crescent-shaped bay. This traditional tour traces portions of the original 17-Mile Drive, passing nearby mountains and valleys.
For ten days each August, classic car enthusiasts from around the world unite on the Monterey Peninsula to celebrate automotive design and engineering. The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering takes place on a golf course nestled against the Santa Lucia mountain range, combining beautiful scenery, exceptional cuisine and the finest examples of vintage sporting automobiles on display. Sponsors provide today’s luxury cars for test drives by guests on local roads, while those who prefer a bit more adventure with their drives can experience the Land Rover Experience Driving School off-road course.
Rolex Monterey Sports Reunion at Leguna Seca
The Monterey Peninsula’s love affair with world-class racing traces its beginnings to the first running of the Pebble Beach Road Races in 1950. To accommodate this growing event, a beautiful new road racing facility was built in November of 1957. The money for the track was raised by local businesses and individuals on part of the US Army’s Fort Ord, after the nearby Pebble Beach Road Races were abandoned for being too dangerous. In 1974 the property was handed over to the Monterey County Parks Department and continues to be part of the park system to this day. Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca is an 11-turn, 2.238-mile road course on California’s beautiful central coast.
Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
On the third Sunday in August, approximately 200 of the most prized collector cars and motorcycles in the world roll onto the eighteenth fairway at Pebble Beach. Pebble Beach Concour d’Elegance is one of the most competitive events in the automotive world. Originally a small social event paired with a road race through the forests of Pebble Beach, the Pebble Beach Concours has grown into the top-ranking collector car show in the world. People from all over the world come to compete in or simply enjoy the event. Automobiles and motorcycles are judged for their historical accuracy, their technical merit and their style—and the best earn well-deserved recognition and awards.