In 1950, a car show was started to accompany the Pebble Beach Road Race. It has since morphed into the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, a gathering of a couple of hundred beautiful automobiles on the final green of the Pebble Beach Golf Course. Here’s the history.
In recent years, additional car events have popped up. Some cars rally down the coast from Washington State. Major automobile auctions take place at Monterey hotels. Manufacturers and owners clubs host events. Charities sponsor gatherings at the airport and in Carmel Valley. Cars line up on the streets of Carmel and Pacific Grove. Enthusiasts drive to the Monterey Peninsula from Southern California, Arizona, and even the East Coast. Yesterday I spied five Ferraris parked in the small lot behind the Pine Cone Inn. It’s commonplace to see Ferraris, Jags, Lamborghinis, Porsches, Astons, Vettes, Maseratis, Rolls Royces, Alfas, and Panteras in traffic. The buzz of V12 engines fills the air.
Car week is one of the reasons Uta and I rented a cottage in Carmel for the month of August. We’re four blocks north of where the cars line up on Ocean Avenue. The Carmel Gate to 17-Mile Drive is four blocks to the west. This week I went to these events and visited several auctions. To savor the memories, I took 500 photos.
- Tuesday, The Carmel Concours | photos
- Wednesday, Concorso Italiano | photos
- Thursday, Tour D’Elegance in Carmel | photos
- Saturday, Concours d’Lemons | photos
- Sunday, Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance | photos
Slideshow of all car week events. If you’re not accustomed to Flickr slideshows, click “Options.” You may want to tweak the settings: