The 60th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, locally known as ‘car week’, will soon be upon us. An event that is so popular folks book their lodging as much as a year in advance. First conducted in 1950, the Concours d’Elegance is often said to be the world’s premier celebration of the automobile. The Concours d’Elegance is quite literally an automotive contest of elegance. And, as Ansel Adams said, “From a strictly personal point of view, my definition of an elegant car would be ‘the kind of car I would like to be buried in’”.
One of the truly fun events is at the Laguna Seca Raceway, the Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion (formerly known as the Monterey Historics) is a celebration of motorsports history that reunites authentic race cars with a world-class track. You’ll see pre-war Bugattis, Alfa Romeos, and Talbot-Lagos to the more powerful Ferraris, Corvettes, Cobras and Porsches.
This year, for the first time, there will be a Pre-Reunion, a relaxed weekend for the competitors to prepare for their races. The drivers get valuable tract time to shake down their historic cars, test tires, and have fun with their fellow competitors. Fans who want to come to the Pre-Reunion and avoid the hubbub of ‘car week’ can participate in this event on August 7 & 8 for a ticket price of $50 per day. Tickets will only be available for purchase at the gate and include parking. It’s a chance to see those wonderful old cars up close and personal without fighting crowds.
Cherries Jubilee on September 8-12, 2010 – Dubbed the biggest oldies party of the year, the 18th Cherry’s Jubilee is a motorsport festival that takes place in many areas of the Monterey Peninsula as well as at the Laguna Seca Raceway. There’s dancing, eating, wine to be enjoyed but most of all there are those wonderful cars (classics, special interest, muscle cars, something for everyone!).
Our romantic bed and breakfast, the Old Monterey Inn, is perfectly located for all these events. While you’re at it, scroll down and read our earlier blog on experiencing car racing with Skip Barber’s Racing School. If you’ve a need for speed, that is the place to test yourself!