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Car Lover's Weekend - The Monterey Historic Races and the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Car Show

Updated on June 20, 2016
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Christine is a Bay Area resident who is passionate about food, alternative health, travel and autos!

2007 Best in Show, Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

1935 Duesenberg SJ Speedster. Used by permission of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. All rights reserved.
1935 Duesenberg SJ Speedster. Used by permission of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. All rights reserved.

The Perfect Weekend for Car Lovers

Every year in mid August, the cities of Monterey, Carmel and Pebble Beach are transformed to a car lover's haven. The streets are lined with luxury cars and trailers all visiting the area for two big events, the Monterey Historic Races and the Pebble Beach Concourse d'Elegace. If you love vintage cars, car racing and car auctions you should make the trip to Monterey, California in August for these exciting events.

2007 Monterey Historics

Brian Mullin (#38) in a 1938 Talbot Lago 26 SS, First place in Class 1A at the 2007 races
Brian Mullin (#38) in a 1938 Talbot Lago 26 SS, First place in Class 1A at the 2007 races

The Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races

August 15-17th, 2008

Laguna Seca Raceway - Monterey, California

Admission: $65 for Saturday, check website for more options

This year is the 35th anniversary of the Monterey Historic Races. The races are the largest event held during the renowned classic car weekend in Monterey California. More than 40,000 visitors worldwide annually attend the Historic Races.

The Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races are a tribute of motor racing history, historic automobiles and the people who made them. Each year, more than 375 of the finest historic race and sports cars are entered in 14 race groups that span nearly every era of motorsports history.

The races take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday but Saturday is the most popular day.

Sports & Classics of Monterey - RM Vintage Car Auction

August 14-16 2008

Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center

5pm - 1am

Admission: $40

The RM Car auction is a fun place to check out on Friday night. It takes place in a conference center and there is are tons of vintage cars on display. You can also watch the live car auction. Admission is $40 per person unless you can convince a registered bidder to bring you along.

1950 Talbot Lago at Monterey Historics

Best of Class Winner - 2006 Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance

1939 Delahaye Type 165 Figoni & Felashi.  The only one built in the world for the 1939 Worlds Fair. Photos courtesy of and used by permission of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. All rights reserved.
1939 Delahaye Type 165 Figoni & Felashi. The only one built in the world for the 1939 Worlds Fair. Photos courtesy of and used by permission of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. All rights reserved.

The Pebble Beach Concourse d'Elegance

Sunday August 17, 2008

The Lodge at Pebble Beach

9am - 4:30pm

Admission: $150/person if purchased in advance

First conducted in 1950, the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance is often said to be the world's premier celebration of the automobile. Only the most beautiful and rare automobiles are invited to appear on the famed eighteenth fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links each year, and connoisseurs of art and technology congregate to see them.

The car show is only part of the fun, there is also a vintage car auction presented by Gooding & Company. These auctions can be very exciting, a few years ago we watched a bidding war over a yellow 1935 Duesenberg that sold for over $4.4 million. Last year that same car won Best in Show! This year, Oprah Winfrey is auctioning some of her cars at this auction including a 1988 Rolls-Royce Corniche II Convertible that was a gift from John Travolta.

After the official awards are given, Jay Leno, a car enthusiast himself annouces the winners of the various charity raffles for cars, expensive jewelry and other items. To date the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance has raised over $10 million for local, national and international charitable organizations. Jay's comments are always entertaining, sometimes slightly innappropriate and usually poke fun at the winners. So even though you may have won a new BMW or a Rolex, chances are that Jay is going to give you a hard time. Its probably worth it though.

First Place - 2005 Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance

1937 Talbot Lago Teardrop. One of only 9 in the world! Photo courtesy of
1937 Talbot Lago Teardrop. One of only 9 in the world! Photo courtesy of

Local Attractions

What to See and Do in the Area

Here are some fun things to do if you are spending additional time in the area:

Where to Stay

If you are reading this less than 2 months before the event, chances are that most hotels are booked. This is one of the biggest events of the year in Monterey, Carmel and Pebble Beach and hotel rates are at their peak and often require a 3 night minimum. A great alternative for last minute planners (like myself) is CraigsList or (vacation rental by owner) where you can find rooms, apartments and homes for rent in the area. I have been able to find rooms every year that are much nicer and more affordable than the hotels. If you are actually planning ahead, here is a link to some local hotels.

What to Bring, What to Wear

Weather can range from cool and windy to hot and sunny. Bring a warm jacket, water, sunscreen, comfortable shoes and dress in layers. The races are very casual, it can be very dusty so pants, sweaters, tshirts are appopriate. It is also extremely loud (it is car racing after all) so if you are bringing young children you might want to bring ear plugs although they are usually at the event.

The Concourse takes place on a golf course and many people dress up for this daytime event. Styles range from dressy to resort casual. Temperatures are often cool in the morning and evening, and warm during the day, so layering is recommended.

Where to Eat

At both events, there are multiple concession stands with food and drinks. At Pebble Beach there are also two sit down restaurants but they get very busy and are available on a first come, first serve basis. Here is a partial list of restaurants in the area, reservations are always recommended at this time of year:


Expect long lines and long waits, its just part of the deal. At Pebble Beach, parking is free ad shuttles will bring you to and from the event. If you have a disability, there are special shuttles and parking.

For more information about the event please visit the links below.


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      Phil Hartman 

      11 years ago

      Thanks for all the helpful info!

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      11 years ago

      Does anyone know someone who would want to show off their racecar at my sons 3 year old birthday party? I would pay for time and expertise. We are in Monterey. Thanks!

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      12 years ago

      Well written indeed, I've been threatening for a few years now to create a website on the same principals you have here and now it's live. Feel free to email comments. It's now a work in progress with highlights from 2009 to come the 4th week of August.

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      desert blondie 

      12 years ago from Palm trees, swimming pools, lots of sand, lots of sunscreen

      Great information about a great event! Such a beautiful location that ANY event would be great there!

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      Julie-Ann Amos 

      13 years ago from Gloucestershire, UK

      Nice hub - I have one on a relevant topic so I have linked yours from mine for you

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      Used Vintage Cars 

      13 years ago from United States

      This hub is definitely well written! I live just a few hours from Monterey, and I may make a trip out there this weekend. I am delighted we share common interests in <a href="">Used Vintage Cars</a>. If you get the chance, please check out my blog. It has just a short article with my perspective on vintage cars. Thank you!

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      13 years ago

      If any one has a collection of Opel Corsa car photos I live to keep.

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      13 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      Thanks starcatchinfo, I have seen some great miniature car displays at the show since they often have small exhibit areas in tented areas at the races. If you ever attend, you should check it out.

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      Ren Chin 

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      13 years ago

      this is great information, i might attend next year.


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