Guide: Car Week 2018

Guide: Car Week 2018

It's that time of year gain.  We're a little over a month away from the premiere gathering of petrol-heads and automotive machinery in North America.  For one week in August, the Monterey Peninsula becomes a fevered dream of car culture on steroids.   From supercars to priceless vintage sportscars, to the world's most overstuffed uber-luxury-coaches,  to the just plain janky, CarWeek is something every automotive appreciator should experience at least once.  Fortunately for us, we only live a few hours from this mechanical Mecca and we always do our best to bring you as much coverage as we can cover, as we make our way down there in about a month's time.

The information below will give you an idea of the depth and breadth of Car Week events.  For a little more focus and some ideas you may not have considered, please stay tuned for subsequent posts on how to "do Car Week."  We won't give you all of our secrets, but we will give you some ideas that will help you prioritize things and give some flow to your experience (regardless of your bank account).

Scroll Below for:

  • Our Full Guide
  • Gallery
  • Handy Google calendar
  • Downloadable PDF of events

Carweek 2018 List of Events

One-Day Events

Concours on the Avenue
Tuesday, August 21, 2018: 10:00am-5:00pm
Downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea
Carmel-by-the-Sea's world-famous Ocean Avenue will be closed to traffic and eighteen blocks of downtown will be filled with collector cars and related motorized fun. A fascinating mix of American and foreign cars will be showcased in front of a backdrop of charming shops, critically acclaimed restaurants and numerous galleries. The Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours on the Avenue will focus on vehicles not usually seen during this ten-day period. The cars will include a variety of legendary vehicles. Well over 175 cars will be on display in groups of juried classes during Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours on the Avenue. These will include Luxury Cars, Muscle Cars, Hot Rods and Sporting Cars.

Rule Britannia Concours of Elegance at Monterey Car Week
Tuesday, August 21: 7:30-10:00pm
Laguna Seca Golf Ranch
10520 York Road, Monterey, CA 93940

The Little Car Show
Wednesday August 22: Noon-5:00pm
Lighthouse Avenue, in downtown Pacific Grove,
between Fountain and 16th Street.

Prancing Ponies Car Show
Wednesday August 22: 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: Downtown Carmel-by-the-Sea

McCall’s Motorworks Revival 27th Anniversary Celebration
Wednesday, August 22, 2018: 5:00pm-10:00pm
Monterey Jet Center
96 Sky Park Way
Monterey, CA 93940

Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance Presented by Rolex
Thursday, August 23rd
7:00 am to 8:00 am - cars line up near Collins Field in Pebble Beach
9:00 am - Tour departs, tracing portions of 17-Mile Drive and nearby scenic roads
11:30 to 12:00 Noon - Tour arrives in Carmel-by-the-Sea
12:00 Noon to 2:00 pm - Cars are displayed on Ocean Avenue
2:00 pm to 2:30 pm - Tour returns to Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
Sunday, August 26
The 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance will feature the following marques and special classes among others:
Motor Cars of the Raj
Rollston Coachwork
Postwar Custom Citroën
Vintage-Era Sporting Cars

The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering
Friday August, 24th
10:00 am-4:00pm
Quail Lodge and Golf Club, Carmel, California

Legends of the Autobahn
Friday, August 24th:  7:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location:  Nicklaus Club Pasadena Dr. Monterey

Werks Reunion
Friday, August 24 Time: 7:00 am to 4:00 pm
Location:  Rancho Canada Golf Club
4860 Carmel Valley Road Carmel, CA

Concours d’Lemons Monterey 2018
Saturday, August 25th: 8:00am-1:30pm.
Location: 440 Harcourt Ave, Seaside, CA 93955
Concorso Italiano
Saturday, August 25: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location: Black Horse Golf Course 1 Golf Club Road Seaside, CA 93955

Multi-day events

Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion
Sunday, August 21, 2016
Gates Open at 7am.
WeatherTech RaceWay Laguna Seca
The annual Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is a celebration of motorsport
history that brings approximately 550 race cars together in one open paddock for everyone to enjoy.  Check website for ticket prices.

Pebble Beach Auction presented by Gooding & Company
Preview Days:
Wednesday, August 2210:00am - 6:00pm
Thursday, August 239:00am - 6:00pm
Friday, August 249:00am - 9:00pm
Saturday, August 259:00am - 5:00pm
Friday, August 245:00pm
Saturday, August 2511:00am
Parc du Concours, Equestrian Center, The Lodge at Pebble Beach
Corner of Stevenson Dr. and Portola Rd.

RM Auction
Wednesday August 22 -Saturday August 26th
Wed-Thur: Public Preview 10:00am-8:00pm
Friday-Saturday: 10:00am Public Preview/ 530pm Auction
Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center
2 Portola Plaza
Monterey , California   93940

Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction
Preview Days: Wednesday and Thursday, August 22-23, 9am-6pm                                             
Auction Day: Thursday, August 24th  Time: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Location:  Quail Lodge & Golf Club, Carmel Valley, California                                                         
Entry fees: Registration + Catalog - $150; Catalog - $100; Gallery Guide $30 (Free entry with Quail Motorsports Gathering ticket)

Japanese Automotive Invitational
Friday, August 25th: 9:00am-4:00pm
Saturday August 26th, 8:00am-6:00pm
Infiniti Pavilion on Concours Plaza at Pebble Beach,
between the general parking area and the driving range

Mecum Monterey 2016
August 23-25th, 2016
Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa on Del Monte Golf Course
1 Old Golf Course Road
Monterey, CA 93940

Exotics on Cannery Row
Saturday, August 25th, 2018 - 3:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Cannery Row Monterey

Russo and Steele's 18th Annual Sports and Muscle Auction
Thursday August 23rd- Saturday August 25th: 
Public Preview: 9:00am-3:00pm
Auction begins at 5:00pm
Location:  Downtown Monterey

Friday, August 19, 2016 -  Time:  To be announced
Lighthouse and Forest Ave.


Gallery of Goodness from Carweek's past.

Event Google Calendar

Download this PDF for the event list in text form.

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