Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
Every year, a committee of self-proclaimed experts denies 800 very wealthy people the right to park their old cars on a lawn. They were denied entry to the country’s most exclusive car show, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. For the rest of us, we might feel bad for scrolling instead of walking the fabled lawn. It is true that several of us from Car and Driver will be there to report on all the action and the cars because that’s what we do. And this year we’ll also be liveblogging all weekend here on our site.
But we’re not like the 200 owners who compete with the most modern, cleanest cars in the country. Winning a Pebble bar is a social and economic triumph among collectors, whose cars receive an immediate jump in their appraised values and whose mailboxes will receive invitations to private events we could never get into.
However, the rest of us can still enjoy Car Week’s car cornucopia from the comfort of home. Follow us here and @caranddriver on Instagram for the inside scoop and try the options below.
Pebble Beach Motoring Classic (August 8-17)
Many of the Pebble cars won’t travel more than a mile from their enclosed trailer to the lawn, but those at the Pebble Beach Motoring Classic are running for 1,500. Beginning August 8, a group of 30 cars will start from Kirkland, Washington and spend nine leisurely days, to get to Monterey, California. If you live along the route, you may spot them. Last year’s entry fee was $14,000, and given that the entrants are actual owners who are probably only busy maintaining these antiques, you probably won’t see them on Instagram.
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Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance (August 21)
Without spending $525 on a ticket and a lot more on hotels and food, you can stream the Concours d’Elegance starting at 1:15 PM PT on August 21st. Check out the official Pebble Beach live stream and settle in for a few hours. No one is going to charge you $25 for a cocktail or kick you out of the VIP section. Follow along on social media using these hashtags: #PebbleBeach and #PebbleBeachConcours.
Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion (August 17-20)
Le Mans’ rarest racing cars will lap Laguna Seca for four days between August 17 and August 20. These cars are the featured marque for 2022 and are divided into four classes spanning 1923 to 2005. This is in addition to the historic Formula 1 and Trans Am racers. Radwood will also be there on August 19th with about 50 cars. You can stream the races live on YouTube (this is the 2021 stream) or follow along on social media using these hashtags: #RolexReunion #MontereyCarWeek #WeatherTechRaceway #Radwood.
Legends of the Autobahn (August 18)
A trio of Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz clubs are hosting their own all-German show Aug. 18 at nearby Pacific Grove Golf Links. Follow these tags and accounts: #legendsoftheautobahn @bmwcca @audiclubna @mercedesbenzclubofamerica.
The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering (August 19)
Quail is positioned as the glitziest of Pebble’s events, and it’s very glitzy, even if the main reason everyone’s there – the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance – happens two days later. There’s a reason for the confidence: Quail is flawless. Follow #thequail on August 19th.
Bid on the Classic (August 19-20)
Gooding & Company is Pebble Beach’s exclusive auction house. Last year, shoppers blew $107 million in one day (a fifth of that amount went on one car, the 1995 McLaren F1). The bidding is not televised, but if you sign up as a registered bidder, you can watch online and bid while you cook pasta. The caveat: You’ll need a letter of guarantee from a bank willing to pay any debt you can’t finance. This is not something a neighborhood credit union will take on, and Gooding will ask many more questions before accepting an application. Also, be prepared: Every bid is final, and every winning auction price must add a 12 percent buyer’s premium on cars under $250,000. Add another 10 percent to the balance if it’s over that amount. The car is then delivered to your home. easy!
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Italian Competition (August 20)
You can personally eat lasagna on a golf course next to a sea of 1,000 Italian cars. This is the 35th year and no doubt people will be posting about it. Find the show at Bayonet Golf Course on August 20th. Follow @concorsoitaliano and #concorsoitaliano.
Concours d’Lemons California (August 20)
Hagerty has bought concours and car shows all over the country, from Greenwich to Amelia Island, from Radwood to the Concours d’Lemons. We say this because the Lemons guys aren’t quite the band of misfits they started out as. Hey, cash rules. But the cars at this show are still trash, on purpose. Follow @concoursdlemons and #concoursdlemons on August 20th.
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