Hooniverse Asks: Do you care about Monterey Car Week?

We all used to call it simple Pebble Beach, or even just Pebble. That refers to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, which takes place over a Sunday during the latter half of August. This event has expanded though, and it now encompasses a number of events that unfold over the course of an entire week. It’s called Monterey Car Week, and I’m curious if you care about it at all.

There are bright spots. About this there can be no doubt. The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is a wonderful gathering of amazing machines. And most of them are driven in anger around Laguna Seca. Our friends at the 24 Hours of LeMons also put on a great show of their own, which is a counter-culture version of stuff happening down the road.

If you like supercars, there’s plenty of that. Heck, if you like planes, helicopters, and fancy watches, you’ll find that stuff looming large as well. Big name auctions roll into town to sell big name cars for big dollar amounts. Much champagne and scotch is spilled. Good times are had by those with the means to have these sorts of times.

I personally have never been to Monterey Car Week. I’d like to go one year, mostly to check out the action at Laguna Seca. At the same time, I’ve never been racked with FOMO for not going. That’s not to say that I don’t care about Monterey Car Week, as it’s pretty wild to see some of those machines out and about. Still, I’m okay viewing it all from the comfort of home, via the Instagram accounts of my friends in attendance.

How about you? Do you care about Monterey Car Week? Have you been or are you planning to go in the not-too-distance future? Let us know below!

16 Comments

  1. *fastens flame suit

    I’ve been to Laguna Seca a few times for motorcycle track days, and my least favorite part of that trip is putting up with the grossly twee, smug, and overprivileged Monterey area. Sure, there’s a tiny spot of coast where ‘Play Misty for Me’ was filmed that is genuinely beautiful. Instead of putting up with a visit to Monterey, I’d rather attend my local cars and coffee – we have sneaky great stuff like a street-driven Kurtis 500S

  2. It is one damn fine bit of track though, that’s for sure. And the area is certainly beautiful. But your other points are valid too. It’s a bit why I always prefer drinking wine in Sonoma or Paso compared to Napa.

  3. I’ve only ever attended the Concours d’Lemons and the Lemons Rally, although I’d like to catch The Little Car Show at some point, too. I have heard rumors of other car-related activities in the area but whenever I’ve been there I’ve always been on too tight of a schedule* to do any exploring.

    *plus unscheduled repair work

  4. My associations to Monterey have changed after watching “Big Little Lies”. Spot on with what you just wrote.

    1. Is that series worth watching? I read up on it just a couple of days ago, and it looked good.

      (Sorry, Monterey doesn’t interest me much. I’d rather attend local shows and catch highlights for the “big show” online.)

      1. I think it is – not at all in the same league as Handmaid’s Tale or the first seasons of GoT. But it’s entertaining and it takes the prejudices that @Number_Six mentions to the extreme – and rolls around in it.

  5. I haven’t been to my nearest Concours despite it being 2 hours away (although it also falls really close to my anniversary and when my wife and I are generally away on vacation), so as much as Monterey is so much more, I’m not bummed about missing it (although I’d gladly attend, but I’m not sure it cracks the top 5 of car things I’d like to do when I eventually visit California).

    But yes, like others, the money people set me on edge a little too.

    https://www.cobblebeachconcours.com/

  6. I’ve been to the Monterey Historics (now called the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, but…I like “Historics” better) a few times, and I’m going to be going again tomorrow. There’s nothing quite like getting into the paddock early and seeing the pits slowly come to life — people coming out of their trailers in the morning with their first cup of coffee, tarps getting pulled off of cars, socket wrenches beginning to click, and eventually, some cold starts and hunting idles as the cars themselves wake up for the day and get a last-minute tuneup. Other than making the trip to Goodwood (bucket list item), I don’t know of a better way to see (and hear!) such a huge range of cool metal stretching its legs. I’ve never attended the Concours or other events; seems like it could be fun, but I like the fact that Laguna itself remains more high-octane than high-class during the weekend.

  7. It’s an interesting corner of the car enthusiast world to observe from afar. I’d like to see it in person one day even if it would be frustrating because there is so much happening at once.

  8. If there’s even a whiff of the “be seen” element that drives the popularity of an event I am not going to want to be there.

    Just count the selfie arms extended at the entrance and you can usually avoid them these days.

  9. I have not yet been to Monterey but I have been to Amelia Island. It was a magical experience. Cars are such a fascinating combination of art and engineering, and it is amazing to see what Man has created. At the Amelia Island show I attended, they had hundreds of cars, among them Steve McQueen’s Jaguar XKSS, and the Marmon Wasp which won the first Indy 500. I felt like I had a Golden Ticket.

    So many interesting engineering solutions to the same problem. So many beautiful bodies, and yes, some spectacularly ugly ones.

    I can’t ever hope to own such cars but it was amazing to be able to examine them closely…

    So yes, I care, but I think it’s very hard to write anything meaningful about what you see at the show.

  10. In past years, attending Monterey Car Week was a dream of mine, nowadays IMHO it seems to be over hyped and over crowded. After attending many Concours at Amelia Island and Winter Park among others, numerous historic gatherings at Daytona International Speedway and various oth00er venues, uncountable local C&Cs, a few LeMons races and who knows how many swap meets, this olelongrooffan has seen enough gatherings of this sort to negate my desires for attending this event. How many more million dollar Ferraris do I need to see these days? Yeah, I admit, I am jaded.

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    Plus, I doubt this olelongrooffan could score parking like this at Laguna Sega.
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    1. Very nice. I had to google the Bentley/M-Benz wagon mashup – a bit of a surprise it seems to have been done in Germany!

  11. No, but mostly because I don’t have the scratch to make any of those dreams possible. When I win the Powerball I’m going to buy a 300 gull wing and paint it matte army green. Then I’ll go every year.

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