Monterey, California: Monterey Weekend, or simply "The Weekend" to all classic car fanatics, will be held this year on August 16, 17, 18, and 19, 2012 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 19, 2012 - This 62nd 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 $200 and can be purchased in advance by calling 877-693-0009 toll-free. Tickets sold on site at the Lodge are $250 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 16, 2012 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 four of the very best of the Monterey Weekend and you should try to attend all of them to experience and enjoy the excitement first hand.
First up is my personal favorite collector car sale, celebrating their 12th 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 a new location in Downtown Monterey on the Waterfront.
Russo and Steele - Sports & Muscle Car Auction on the Waterfront:
Thursday, Friday & Saturday August 16, 17 & 18, 2012 - 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 under the white tents on the Waterfront. 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 Auction – Motorcars, Motorcycles & Automobilia in Carmel:
Thursday and Friday, August 16 & 17, 2012 - Held on the Quail Lodge grounds 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 $80 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 at Monterey – The Daytime Auction:
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 16, 17 and 18, 2012 - This is the 4th 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
Gooding & Company - The Pebble Beach Auction:
Saturday and Sunday, August 18 & 19, 2012 - 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 2012. 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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