California’s Monterey Peninsula will transform itself into a motorsport mecca once again, as the Monterey Classic Car Week returns to the coastal arcadia from August 16-20.
Rolex returns as a partner of the event, underlining the brand’s commitment to heritage and rewarding classic beauty.
Tours, concours d’elegance and auctions – including the highly anticipated auction of a 1956 Aston Martin DBR1 chassis number 1 – make up the heart of the agenda as auto legends and fans of vintage automobiles come out to pay homage to the classics all week.
This year two leading motorsport figures will also be in attendance: three-time Formula One World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart and nine-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen, both Rolex Testimonees.
Events get underway at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on August 11. Thirty classic race cars will line the 300 block of Alvarado Street for this classic car show in Old Monterey.
Highlights happen later in the week, though, starting on August 17 with the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance – a tour of more than 175 classic cars that follows the svelte curves in and around Carmel-by-the-Sea.
On the following day comes The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. Featuring Rolex as the official timepiece, The Quail combines culinary experiences, vintage sporting automobiles and the timeless scenery of the Santa Lucia mountain range as the backdrop.
This year’s display will have a special focus on sports and racing. Featured classes include originals and mid-engine marvels, along with traditional themes: pre-War sports and racing cars, post-War racing cars, post-War sports cars 1945-1960, post-War sports cars 1961-1975, sports and racing motorcycles, the great Ferraris, supercars and custom coachwork.
Throughout the week, guests are invited to drop in to the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion held at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. This year’s Reunion honours the Diamond Jubilee of Formula Junior and sees 550 historic entries on the race card over the four-day event.
Former Formula One driver Jenson Button will get behind the wheel of Emerson Fittipaldi’s 1974 World Championship-winning McLaren M23, too, which gearheads won’t want to miss.
The week concludes with the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, a contest of style rather than speed. Judged for their historical accuracy, technical merit and style, two hundred of the most prized automobiles and motorcycles in the world roll onto the 18th fairway of the Pebble Beach Golf Links, vying for the Best of Show Trophy as well as a special prize presented by Rolex.
Expect to see makes and models from Isotta Fraschini, American dream cars from the 1960s, Ferrari’s major race winners and one-off Spéciales from Ferrari, as well.