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Monterey, California:  Monterey Weekend, or simply "The Weekend" to all classic car fanatics, will be held this year on August 18, 19, 20, and 21, 2011 in the Monterey Bay area. The Weekend is full of classic car shows, collector car auctions and automotive events. Here is the premier list of the best ones to attend this year.

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance: 
Sunday, August 21, 2011 - This 61st annual affair is held at the 18th fairway of the Pebble Beach Golf Links at the Lodge, where the cars compete to be named the “Best of the Best” worldwide. Proceeds from the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance support a number of local, national and international charities. More than $10 million has been raised in previous years. Tickets for the Concours are $150 and can be purchased in advance by calling 877-693-0009 toll-free. Tickets sold on site at the Lodge are $175 each. Children under 12 are admitted free. For ticket information and directions click on www.pebblebeachconcours.net 

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance:
On Thursday, August 18, 2011 look for the Cars of the Concours taking a 60-mile run starting at 7 AM. The Tour will wind around 17 Mile Drive and then visit Carmel Valley, the Big Sur coastline, plus the towns of Carmel and Pacific Grove and then return to the Polo Field at Pebble Beach for viewing at around 3 PM. The Tour d’Elegance is open only to the cars participating in Sunday’s Pebble Beach Concours, so you can see them all, running and driving, FOR FREE on Thursday. For information call 831-622-1700 and for a map of the tour route go online to www.pebblebeachconcours.net

There are several collector car sales to choose from this year and each one sells to a different clientele. Here are five of the very best of the Monterey Weekend and you should try to attend all of them to experience and enjoy the excitement firsthand.

First up is my personal favorite collector car sale, celebrating their 11th anniversary at The Monterey Weekend, are Drew & Josephine Alcazar of the Russo and Steele auction company. They are hosting another exciting Sports & Muscle car auction at the Monterey Marriott Hotel in Downtown Monterey. They have expanded their auction to 3 full nights of VIP cars for sale.

Russo and Steele - Sports and Muscle Car Auction at the Marriott: 
Thursday, Friday & Saturday August 18, 19 & 20, 2011 - Drew & Company will be going full throttle on the hottest nights of the car crazed weekend, and they start at 5 PM with a memorabilia and collectible auction. At 6 PM each night they will begin selling the best American muscle cars, sports cars, hot rods, Shelby’s and Cobra’s available this weekend in the entire Monterey Bay area.

Admission is for registered bidders and their guests only, $100 buys you a bidder paddle & $50 buys your a guest pass, plus you will get some very nice refreshments at the onsite bar. You can preview the cars all day long Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Monterey Marriott hotel and their parking paddock down the block. For the best auction action over the Monterey Weekend call 602-252-2697 and tell them “Tony the Car Guy” sent you or click on www.russoandsteele.com

Bonhams & Butterfield - Motorcars and Automobilia at Quail Lodge: 
Thursday and Friday, August 18 & 19, 2011 - Held at the Quail Lodge in Carmel Valley this auction will feature automobilia, fine jewelry and timepieces. Original Mille Miglia entrants and Can-Am racers are their specialty, so expect to see some very exciting and very rare motorcars at this auction. The automobilia sale begins at 10 AM and the car auction starts at 1 PM. Admission is by catalog only at $75 each and admits two to the preview and sale. You can call them at 415-391-4000 for more information and tickets or click on www.bonhams.com/us

Mecum Auctions – Mecum at Monterey:
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 18,19 and 20, 2011 - This is the third year in Monterey for the Mecum Auction Company and it will be held at the Hyatt Regency Resort & Spa on the Del Monte Gold Course in Monterey. This is the only car auction held during the day and is open to the public FOR FREE, starting at 10 AM and ending at 6 PM. Mecum always has exciting muscle cars, corvettes, hot rods and classic convertibles scheduled to cross the auction block. For bidder information, directions and a full color catalog call them at 815-568-8888 or log on to www.mecum.com

RM Auctions - Sports & Classics of Monterey Sale:

Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 18, 19 & 20, 2011 - This year is the 26th anniversary of the original Monterey Sports Car Auction started by Rick Cole in 1985, and RM Auctions is celebrating the event in style with a fantastic collection of American Classics, European sports cars and exceptional motorcars to match everyone’s taste. The sale starts at 6 PM sharp every day at the original location in the Portola Plaza Hotel in downtown Monterey. A bidders pass costs $200 and admits 2 to the sale. Preview admission is $50 per person and a copy of the catalog is $120. For tickets and catalogs call 519-352-4575 or click on www.rmauctions.com

Gooding & Company - The Pebble Beach Auction: 
Saturday and Sunday, August 20 & 21, 2011 - This auction starts at 5 PM on Saturday and begins Sunday evening right after the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. It is held at the Pebble Beach Equestrian Center and showcases classic, vintage and antique cars. Several past Pebble Beach class winners are always for sale. This is the final classic car auction of the weekend and your last chance to buy one and drive home in style. Bidder catalogs are $100 each and admit 2 to the preview and auction. Single auction event tickets are $40 each. For info and tickets call 310-899-1960 or click on www.goodingco.com

That completes the list for the best and the brightest Automotive Events, Auctions & Classic Car Tours on the Monterey Peninsula for 2011. So take a break and drive down to Monterey Bay this weekend to enjoy the cars, the people and the weather, because it’s going to be another great "Monterey Weekend”. By Tony Leopardo © AutoWire.Net – San Francisco

“Tony the Car Guy” is an automotive writer, editor and publisher in the San Francisco Bay Area. If you have a question or comment for Tony send it to TonyLeo@pacbell.net or visit AutoWire.Net at www.autowire.net - And remember: “ You Are What You Drive ©
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