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Looking ahead to Pebble Beach

Mon, 26 Jul 2010 00:00:00 -0700

The perfect summer for car enthusiasts begins early, when local car shows start popping up, and ends in August at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. This year's show on Aug. 15 will celebrate classic Alfa Romeos, cars from Pierce-Arrow and Jaguar and Ghia designs. The show will also highlight hot rods, particularly Bonneville racers, Indy cars and for the second time, motorcycles.

In addition to the show, the preceding week is filled with events for the discerning aficionado. The celebration begins with the Pebble Beach Motoring Classic, a drive from the state of Washington to Pebble Beach. The Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance is a one-day driving event that travels around the scenic Monterey Peninsula. RetroAuto will feature historic memorabilia, art, photos and other collectibles for enthusiasts to purchase. And several auctions are on tap.

The celebration ends with the 2010 concours. During the event, the Automotive Fine Arts Society will be showing selected works on the lawn along with the cars. And there are numerous other “non-Pebble” car events around the Monterey Peninsula.

For ticket prices and additional details, visit or the Web sites listed with the events.

-- Pebble Beach Motoring Classic, Aug. 2-11, starts in Kirkland, Wash., and ends in Pebble Beach

-- Mazda Raceway Pre-Reunion, Aug. 7-8, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey

-- Automobilia Monterey, Aug. 10-11, Embassy Suites Monterey Bay, Seaside

-- Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours on the Avenue, 12:30-2 p.m. Aug. 10, Carmel,

-- Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance presented by Rolex, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 12, begins at Collins Field in Pebble Beach

-- Bonhams & Butterfields Exceptional Motorcars and Automobilia Auction, Aug. 12-13, Quail Lodge Resort and Golf Club, Carmel,

-- Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, Aug. 12-15, Mazda Raceway Laguna

Seca, Monterey,

-- RM Auctions Sports and Classics of Monterey, Aug. 12-14, Portola Hotel, Monterey,

-- Russo and Steele Auction, Aug. 12-14, Monterey Marriott Hotel, Monterey,

-- The Quail, a Motorsports Gathering, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 13, Quail Lodge Resort and Golf Club, Carmel,

-- Concorso Italiano, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 13, Laguna Seca Golf Ranch, Monterey,

-- Pacific Grove Concours Auto Rally, 1-5:30 p.m. Aug. 13, downtown Pacific Grove,

-- Pebble Beach RetroAuto, Aug. 13-15, RetroAuto Pavilion, Pebble Beach

-- Mecum at Monterey, Aug. 13-14, Hyatt Regency, Monterey,

-- Concours d'LeMons, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 14, Toro Regional Park, Monterey

-- Gooding & Company Auction, Aug. 14-15, Pebble Beach Equestrian Center

-- Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Aug. 15, Lodge at Pebble Beach

-- Automotive Fine Arts Society Exhibition, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Aug. 15, Lodge at Pebble Beach

By Jake Lingeman