This year Gumball 3000, one of the most well known supercar rally’s on the planet, is celebrating their 20th anniversary and its guaranteed to be their best with outrageous rides and even more colourful characters starting in London and going intercontinental and heading to Tokyo Japan and you’re invited (for an entry price of £60,000 for first-timers and £50,000 for return Gumballers).
The origins of Gumball 3000 harken back to 1999, when former skater Maximillion Cooper gathered 50 friends together and travelled 3,000 miles across Europe – and the party hasn’t stopped since.
Fans eager to see the line up this year can meet at the starting grid event held at Covent Garden on Sunday 5th August featuring artists Ceelo Green, Major Lazer, Eve & AfroJack. After the start flag drops, participants will head off for Chantilly, Budapest, Dubrovnik, Tirana, Athens and finally ending in Mykonos.
Don’t miss the Gumball Supercar Display the day before either!
Gumball Supercar Display
Gumball 3000 Rally Start
For more information and to get details for upcoming Gumball 3000 Rally’s, visit the website.
Image: Greg Falski
This year Mercedes AMG are heading to the top of the Pisa mountain range in Queenstown to let guests take the AMG fleet (including the A45, CLA45 and C63S) through their paces.
Guests will be transported from airport to the hotel and will have a welcome dinner on day one. The next day will be a full day of driver training followed by another group dinner before a relaxed breakfast the following morning and transfers to airport on the final day.
Cost for attendee’s starts at AU$4,500 per person including two nights accommodation, driver training and meals. Partners are also welcome however are not able to participate in the driving training events.
For more information, visit Mercedes Experiences.
It’s that time of year again, the time when half the population converges onto Monterey to get their fill of every possible car you can imagine! With so many events, there’s something for everyone and not an event to missed for the car lovers.
Friday, August 17
Monterey Car Week Kick-Off | August 17 | 5PM – 7Pm | Alvarado Street, Old Monterey | Free
To get the party started, Monterey Car Week officially kicks off on Alvarado Street with a free classic car show featuring 30 classic race cars & their drivers lining the 300 block, hosted by Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Saturday & Sunday, August 18-19
Monterey Pre-Reunion| August 18-19 | 10AM – 5PM
Head to the Monterey Pre-Reunion to watch over 300 historic race cars compete over two full days before the official Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. Fans and visitors can also wander the paddock which is completely open, allowing an insight into the teams working on their cars in the pits or on their way to the start-grid.
Monday, August 20
The Porsche Monterey Classic | August 20 | 6:30 – 8:30PM
Hosted by Porsche Monterey, “The Porsche Monterey Classic” is a celebration of their becoming an official “Classic Partner” and is an exclusive event celebrating classic Porsches over 10 years of age (if you would like to bring your car please register early as space is limited), whilst enjoying entertainment, whisky, wine and hors d’oeuvres.
Tuesday, August 21
Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours on the Avenue | August 21 | 10AM – 5PM
This year Carmel-by-the-Sea’s world famous Ocean Avenue will be closed down over 18 blocks of downtown becoming the display for over 175 domestic and foreign collector cars including luxury, muscle, hot-rods and sporting cars. Admission is free.
Automobilia Monterey | August 21-22 | 10AM-6PM | The Ballroom of The Embassy Suites
Known as the largest automobilia show in USA, the Automobilia Monterey Expo will host over 40 top international dealers offering original vintage photographs, scale models, signage, books, hood ornaments and more.
Classic Motorsports Kick-Off Car Show and Cruise | August 21 | 3PM-7PM | Lighthouse Avenue, Pacific Grove
Take the afternoon to browse classic sports cars and vintage automobiles line up along Lighthouse Avenue in Pacific Grove
Wednesday, August 22
Carmel Mission Classic | August 22 | 10AM – 4PM | Carmel Mission
One for the vintage car lovers, Carmel Mission Classic is a day out not to be missed.
The Little Car Show | August 22 | 12PM – 5Pm | Lighthouse Avenue, Pacific Grove
This time Lighthouse Avenue in Pacific Grove plays host to the little cars that are at least 25 years old.
Prancing Ponies Car Show | August 22 | 11AM-3:30PM | Carmel-by-the-Sea
New to Monterey Car Week, The Prancing Ponies Car Show is an all women car show lining the streets of Carmel-by-the-Sea.
McCall’s Motorworks Revival | August 22 | 5PM – 10PM | Monterey Jet Center
McCall’s Motorworks Revival 27th Anniversary celebration is the VIP event that really kicks off the weekend with over 3000 guests mingling amongst the best of the best in cars, vintage motorcycles and aircraft, food and wine.
Thursday, August 23
Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance | August 23 | 9AM – 2PM | Pebble Beach to Ocean Avenue
Don’t miss the chance to watch the classic cars participate in the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance drive. Cars will be departing Pebble Beach at 9am and make their way to Ocean Avenue in Carmel-by-the-Sea so be sure to find yourself a good spot along the way to watch the procession go by. If you miss them in action, they will be on display at Ocean Avenue from midday to 2PM before heading back to Pebble Beach.
RM Sotheby’s Auction | August 23 | 10AM – 10PM | Monterey Conference Center
Running for over 30 years, RM Sotheby’s flagship Monterey sale is one of the world’s most prestigious auctions and is attended by the most discerning of collectors. Admission to preview is $40 however admission to auction is limited to registered bidders and qualified media only at $300.
Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion | August 23-26 | 8:30AM – 6PM | Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca
While the Concours d’Elegance is a “best of show” event, the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is the event where you get to witness the cars racing how they were originally intended to. Over 550 race cars from 1927 onwards compete in this premier motoring event.
Friday, August 24
Legends of the Autobahn | August 24 | 9AM – 3PM | Nicklaus Club
Legends of the Autobahn is the event for BMW, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz and Audi club members. The public are more than welcome to come see the beautiful cars on display however judging & displays are limited to club members only.
Werks Reunion-A Porsche Gathering | August 24 | 7AM – 4PM | Corral de Tierra Country Club
Hosted by the Porsche Club of America, Werks Reunion is a Porsche event and the largest gathering of Porsche’s at Monterey Car Week! This is a free event featuring the latest models, special presentations and all the favourites.
The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering | August 24 | 10AM – 4PM | Quail Lodge | $650+
The Quail is undoubtedly one of the best events of the week and an opportunity to view everything from supercars through to sports & racing cars. This is another event that brands will choose to unveil concept cars at so again, you’ll be the first to see the best in design. Tickets can be purchased at signatureevents.peninsula.com
Pacific Grove Concours Auto Rally | August 24 | 12PM – 5PM | Lighthouse Avenue, Pacific Grove
This event is hosted by the Rotary Club of Pacific Grove and features over 200 vintage and exotic cars lining the downtown business area on Lighthouse Avenue.
Saturday, August 25
Exotics on Cannery Row | August 25 | 4PM – 8PM | Cannery Row
Hosted by the team that brought you Goldrush Rally, this free event open to the public is a favourite amongst the supercar owners and fans. Cannery Row becomes home to some of the most incredible cars from around the world and you’ll be sure to spot a few Koenigsegg’s, Pagani’s, Lamborghini’s and Ferrari’s on this afternoon.
Concorso Italiano | August 25 |9:30AM – 5PM | Black Horse Golf Course
The biggest gathering of Italian cars at Car Week, over 1000 Italian cars will be displayed on the Black Horse Golf Course and guests will be treated to Italian food, art and celebrations throughout the day.
Concours d’Lemons | August 25 | 10AM – 1:30PM | Laguna Grande Park
The tongue-in-cheek event, Concours d’Lemons is everything opposite of Concours d’Elegance. It’s a case of the “best of the worst” and celebrity judges that are open to accepting bribes for the thrift-shop trophies!
The Barnyard Ferrari Event | August 25 | 4PM – 7PM | The Barnyard
The Ferrari lovers delight – this event is a great afternoon spent amongst the prancing horses with great food, local wines and live music.
Sunday, August 26
Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance | August 26 | 10:30AM onwards | Pebble Beach Golf Links | $375 on Concours Sunday (or $325 in advance)
Considered one of the most elegant exhibitions of classic cars in the world, Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is held on the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links with only 200 of the best being on display. Tickets can be purchased from the official Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance website.
Besides all the cars shows going on throughout the week, there are several auctions that take place which will be of interest to the serious car collectors.
Worldwide Auctioneers Pacific Grove Auction | August 22 | Pacific Grove Golf Links
This auction is showcasing approx 70 historic cars that will go to auction.
Mecum Muscle Cars and More | August 23 | Hyatt Regency, Monterey | Admission $30
This auction features muscle cars & motorcycles for the serious petrol-head collector.
Russo and Steele | August 22 | Old Fisherman’s Wharf | Admission $30
This auction features sports and muscle cars and is held over the waterfront of Old Fisherman’s Wharf.
Bonhams & Butterfields Auction | August 24 | Quail Lodge Golf Club
This auction is one of the oldest auctions as well as one of the largest at Monterey Car Week and features rare cars along with art & antiques.
Pebble Beach Auctions Presented by Gooding & Company | August 24-25| Pebble Beach Equestrian Center |Admission $40 with $200 bidder registration.
This auction has set many world records over the years and is one of the world’s premiere car auctions.
From the same people that brought you GoldRush Rally comes the FuelRun, the Malibu to Monterey drive for supercar, hypercar & luxury car owners to enjoy (with a light breakfast and lunch included) on your way to Car Week!
The Ferrari evolution course helps drivers develop their on-road driving skills in a 488 challenge race car. Drivers will be stepping onto the racetrack, engaging in dynamic skill trials, adaptive sports driving techniques as well as having telemetric analysis data to track progression.
Course is held over two days and includes 5-star accommodation, transfers and all meals.
Costs USD$17,900 per participant and $950 for guest (non-driving).
For more information visit Ferrari events website.
Salon Privé is one of the UK’s most elegant supercar events, held on the grounds of the stately Blenheim Palace. Guests will have the opportunity to pre-book test drives and view a wide range of current and classic supercars, hypercars and classics on the lawns.
Events are held over the the 3 days including Boodles Ladies Day and the Concours Masters Tribute to 70 years of Ferrari.
Tickets start from £295.00 for the 3 day event and can be purchased here.
This month we’re featuring Cars & Coffee events in Australia. Be sure to be up and early for your caffeine and engine fix!
For more information and to see Cars & Coffee events worldwide, visit the website.