2018 Monterey Car Week on a Budget
By: Joe Chuddy
It’s that time again when the classic car world focuses on the Monterey Peninsula for the biggest car event in the world. While other places have historic races, tours, auctions or a Concours D’ Elegance, the Monterey area has all these within the same nine days. Historic Week begins with the Pre-Reunion Races on August 18 at Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca, and ends with the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance on Sunday, August 26. While you can google on “Monterey Car Week” to get more detail on the 30 plus events during that week ranging up to $450 to watch, I’ll try to point out some fun events for free to $30. One of the bargains is still to go the Pre-Reunion races, pay only $30 for paddock access and not have all the crowds.
On Tuesday, visit the Concours on the Avenue in Carmel. Come early to miss some of the crowds. That afternoon is the Classic Motorsports Kickoff Car Show and cruise in Pacific Grove.
Tuesday also is the start of the two day Automobilia Monterey, selling genuine original items at The Embassy Hotel in Seaside – $20. Wednesday features the Little Car Show in Pacific Grove for cars under 1601cc. There is also a small car show, Prancing Ponies, by women owners of Italian and German exotics on Dolores in Carmel.
Thursday is the Pebble Beach Concours Tour starting at 9 AM. My favorite place to see the cars is south on Hwy 1 as they tour and return from Big Sur. Thursday is also the start of the six auctions – most entry fees are $30. Then, Thursday through Saturday has the Pebble Beach Auto Retro, a collection of automobilia, at the Inn at Spanish Bay. Free, enter through the Pacific Grove gate. Friday is car show day with the free Pacific Grove Concours Auto Rally and Legends of the Autobahn and PCA Werks Reunion – free but $20 parking.
Saturday has the Concours D’Lemons at City Hall from 8 AM to 2 PM in Seaside where you may see anything from rusted out Pintos to an Aston Martin and everything in between – a real hoot! Later that afternoon has a wine and cheese Ferrari event at the Barnyard in Carmel but you can see the cars for free. You may also see an impromptu car show as you pass a hotel parking lot or see a group of Lamborghinis flying by. So, enjoy!