Insider's guide to Monterey Car Week 2022

Photography Credit: Dirk de Jager

If summer’s approaching, that means it’s time to make plans to be in Monterey. To kick some tires, see old friends, and maybe return home with a keepsake–could be a cool book, could be a new car.

One caution, though: The Monterey schedule is packed, and new events are constantly being added to the card. 

How should you eat this elephant? That’s where Classic Motorsports comes in. Our annual Monterey guide will help you form a plan to fully take in the Peninsula’s activities. We’ll see you there.

August 13-14 | Monterey Pre-Reunion

Photography Credit: Dirk de Jager

WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, 1021 Monterey-Salinas Hwy. in Salinas

  • General admission starts at $40 plus $10 parking.
  • Your chance to see 300-plus cars on track–without the giant crowds. 
  • Dress for a day at the track. 

August 15-17 | Automobilia Monterey

Embassy Suites Ballroom, 1441 Canyon Del Rey in Seaside

  • $20 (good for 3 days).
  • Artwork, books and more–no reprints, all genuine articles.
  • Favorite vintage racing jacket.

August 16 | Classic Motorsports Monterey Kickoff Presented by Hagerty

Photography Credit: Chris Tropea

Lighthouse Ave. in downtown Pacific Grove

  • Free for spectators with display spots sold-out. 
  • Our Monterey kickoff party will again take over downtown Pacific Grove starting at 3 p.m. Special prizes go to special cars. Thank you: Hagerty Insurance, Moss Motors, FCP Euro, Centerline International, National Parts Depot, Monterey Touring Vehicles, Reliable Carriers, Snake River Classics, Griot’s Garage, RM Sotheby’s, Gtechniq, UUC, Knock Off Spinner Tools, Tremec, The Monarch Pub, Evans Cooling, Covercraft, Lithium Auto Care, Pelican Parts, Motul and the city of Pacific Grove.
  • Neat and prepared for a cool evening.

August 17 | The Little Car Show

Photography Credit: Tim Suddard

Lighthouse Avenue in downtown Pacific Grove

  • Free to attend, $100 vehicle entry fee after June 30.
  • Between noon and 5 p.m., check out microcars and other small machines.
  • Polished yet casual.

August 17 | Motorlux

Monterey Jet Center, 200 Sky Park Drive in Monterey

  • $450+.
  • Formerly the McCall’s Motorworks Revival and now under the Hagerty umbrella. 
  • Adult dress-up.

August 17 preview, August 18 sale | Broad Arrow Auctions Monterey Jet Center Auction

Monterey Jet Center, 300 Sky Park Drive in Monterey

  • Free admission for preview, $200 for in-person bidding.
  • A new addition to the schedule expected to offer some top-shelf cars. 
  • Neat and clean.

August 17-20 | Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

Photography Credit: Dirk de Jager

WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, 1021 Monterey-Salinas Hwy. in Salinas

  • General admission starts at $30 plus $10 for parking.
  • This year’s event marks the official start of a yearlong celebration of the 100th anniversary of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
  • Earplugs, comfortable shoes and a hat.

August 17-18 preview, August 19-20 sale | RM Sotheby’s Monterey Auction

Photography Credit: Tom Suddard

Monterey Conference Center, 1 Portola Plaza in Monterey

  • $60 for for admission public preview, $400 to bid.
  • The available lots will include a Ferrari F40, Ruf BTR II and a modern Alfa 8C. 
  • Neat and trim.

August 18 | Prancing Ponies Women’s Car Show

Downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea

  • Free to spectate, $300 to enter a vehicle.
  • Event aims to empower women and inspire girls. 
  • Neat and proper.

August 18 | Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance

Photography Credit: Dirk de Jager

Pebble Beach, traces 17-Mile Drive, Highway One to Big Sur, and then returns to Pebble Beach

  • Free to spectate.
  • Features more than 150 Concours entrants along a scenic route.
  • Outdoor-appropriate.

August 18 | Legends of the Autobahn Presented by Michelin

PG Links, 77 Asilomar Blvd. in Pacific Grove

  • Free for spectators, with $30 parking. For vehicles, $75 to display, $125 for concours, plus registration fee.
  • The BMW Car Club of America, Mercedes-Benz Club of America and Audi Club of North America jointly present their three favorite marques.
  • Logo gear, of course.

August 18-20 | Mecum Auctions: Monterey 2022

Photography Credit: Tom Suddard

Hyatt Regency Monterey Hotel and Spa, 1 Old Golf Course Road in Monterey

  • $20 in advance.
  • Marmons, Ferraris, Corvettes and more. 
  • Neat but casual.

August 18-21 | Pebble Beach RetroAuto

Concours Village, Forest Lake Road and Stevenson Drive in Pebble Beach

  • Free.
  • Expect to find another “elegant and thoughtfully curated collection” of automobilia.
  • Casual.

August 19 | Pacific Grove Rotary Concours Auto Rally

Downtown Pacific Grove and along 17 Mile Drive

  • Free to watch, $135 to enter a vehicle.
  • It’s a rally, a car show and a social gathering. This year’s featured marque is the Mini Cooper.
  • All things Mini Cooper.

August 19 | Bonhams: Quail Lodge Auction

Quail Lodge & Golf Club, 27050 Rancho San Carlos Road in Carmel-by-the-Sea

  • A $100 catalog admits 2. 
  • No reserve for the Lamborghini Miura P400 S in striking Verde Miura.
  • Dapper.

August 19 | The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering

Photography Credit: Tim Suddard

Quail Lodge & Golf Club, 8205 Valley Greens Drive in Carmel

  • Sold out. 
  • Those who have a ticket will enjoy fine machines alongside top-shelf food and drink.
  • Resort casual.

August 19 | Werks Reunion Monterey

Photography Credit: Tom Suddard

Monterey Pines Golf Course, 1250 Garden Road in Monterey

  • Free for spectators after a $40 parking fee, $60+ for corral parking, $85+ to be judged.
  • All Porsches, all the time.
  • Porsche all the way. 

August 19-20 | Gooding & Company: Pebble Beach Auctions

Photography Credit: Dirk de Jager

Parc du Concours, Stevenson Drive and Portola Road in Pebble Beach

  • $40 to watch, $200 to bid.
  • Is that Ferrari 308 bronze or gold? 
  • Business casual-ish.

August 20 | California Concours d’Lemons

Photography Credit: Tim Suddard

Seaside City Hall, 440 Harcourt Ave. in Seaside

  • Free to spectate, $15 to participate.
  • Terrific examples of crappy cars meet crappy examples of terrific cars. 
  • Weird Al cosplay.

August 20 | Concorso Italiano

Bayonet Golf Course, 1 McClure Way in Seaside

  • $190 to spectate, $185 to register an Italian car.
  • Welcoming all vehicles from Italy, from humble Fiats to exotic Ferraris.
  • Something red.

August 21 | Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Photography Credit: Dirk de Jager

18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach

  • $425 for presale general admission, $525 after August 1.
  • The most prestigious concours of them all.
  • Sunday best.
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Kreb (Forum Supporter)
Kreb (Forum Supporter) PowerDork
8/10/22 11:20 a.m.

I've attended a couple of the mid-level events and was relieved to find that the snob factor was low. Kind of a Cars and Coffee vibe but with better curation.  At the Concorso Italiano a friend brought something of a rat Alfa, but he'd raised it from the dead (junkyard salvage), built it up and driven the heck out of it. People didn't complain that he'd taken some liberties along the way. It was a nice counterpoint to the more immaculate restorations and was taken that way. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
8/15/22 9:31 a.m.

In reply to Kreb (Forum Supporter) :

Yeah, there is something for everyone there. 

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