Monterey Car Week August 2016 coming up
(PHOTO Don Kelsen / Los Angeles Times)
Charles Fleming Charles FlemingContact Reporter
EXTRACTS ARTICLE PUBLISHED AUGUST 2015. Courtesy and with thanks L.A.Times Extracts
Every August, more than 85,000 auto enthusiasts crowd onto the Monterey Peninsula to participate in the annual seven-day celebration of all things automotive known as Monterey Car Week.
As many as 20,000 attend its colorful Concours d’Elegance, where classic Bentleys and Bugattis pose fender to fender on the spectacular 18th green at Pebble Beach.
A more select 4,000 assemble on the fairways at the Quail Lodge and Golf Club for an intimate gathering of the most expensive auto brands and the connoisseurs who fancy them.
But only 3,000 of the car world’s creme de la creme are able to obtain the most coveted invitation of the week: to Gordon McCall’s Motorworks Revival, a combination auto-moto-aero event held at Monterey Airport’s Jet Center.
Men in bright pastel pants and women in dresses and heels sip Napa Valley sparking wine and slurped Morro Bay oysters while ogling million-dollar new cars from McLaren, Maserati, Pagani and Panoz and equally valuable vintage cars built by Shelby and Ferrari.
Gordon McCall’s Motorworks Revival at Pebble Beach
The annual Monterey Car Week attracts the world’s wealthiest car collectors. But the most exclusive event of the week isn’t the invitation-only Quail or Concours d’Elegance, but Gordon McCall’s Motorworks Revival. Started as a backyard barbecue, the once-informal gathering of automobile, airplane and motorcycle enthusiasts — underwritten by Gulfstream, Bentley, Bell Helicopters and the like — is now the peninsula’s most coveted ticket.
(Don Kelsen / Los Angeles Times)
Between the two hangars hosting the enthusiasts, vintage and very expensive aircraft were parked and artfully lighted on the tarmac — a sleek new Gulfstream alongside a 1930s Stinson tail-dragger and a 1920s Waco biplane.
The motoring faithful had come to the airport party, many at the personal invitation of event creator Gordon McCall, to kick off their Pebble experience. Extracts L.A.Times August 2015