The 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d' Elegance is heaven on earth for the Classic car aficionado. The culmination of the week is the Best of Show award on Sunday, but the week of events leading up to the fabled weekend festivities is what is truly required, even demanded, to fully experience the full impact of the most important collector car event of the season.
The Monterey peninsula in August is the site for all things automotive be it a Concours, auctions, Rallies, fine art, or just people watching.
The Quail Lodge hosts their annual Motorsports gathering, which is to say their car show extraordinaire. The Quail also hosts a Rally, which is invitation only, for 30 lucky classic car owners to run around the beautiful countryside from the 12th to the 14th. The Quail Rally raises money for charities, which is always a good thing. Bonhams holds their auction in conjunction with The Quail activities on the 16th.
The Concorso Italiano is held at the Laguna Seca racetrack on the 16th. As the name would imply, this is the place to be to see fine automobiles from manufacturers with names ending in "i", as well as Alfa Romeo and others. There is additionally the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, where this years marque is the Chevrolet Corvette. Also at the race track, the participants of the Pebble Beach Tour d' Elegance will for the first time in 10 years, take laps around the course.
The Pebble Beach Motoring Classic is a 1500 mile adventure that starts on the 6th in Kirkland , Washington, and ends in Pebble Beach on the 13th. Ah, to be rich and footloose. Goodings and Company host their auction from the 17th till the 18th. R.M also hosts an auction during this time frame, and will sell upwards of over $100 million dollars worth of sheet metal. Wow.
The featured picture in this article is a 1959 Rolls-Royce owned by Stephen Brauer. This picture was chosen because 1959 was a very good year, and a certain writer once was employed by Mr. Brauer, who is the Chairman of the Hunter Engineering Co. One of Mr. Brauer's passions is "Coach-built" Rolls-Royces. Brauer has participated in the Pebble Beach Tour d' Elegance since it's inception, and is an Honorary Judge this year.
One needs at least a week to truly enjoy the Monterey happenings in August, and this is only the short list!