Due to an overloaded car show schedule in August, the California Car Cover Crew used a much needed time off this past weekend. That didn't stop our Executive Director, Tony DeFrank, from hitting the road on Friday to attend the Car Week festivities in Monterey, California. Here is his coverage of Car Week (Day) 2019.
The automotive world decides upon the California Coast every August. It is pretty overwhelming for anyone that is there the entire week, let alone just day. Every auto enthusiast has to decision which events to attend each day because it is impossible to do it all. I was only able to attend on Friday this year, so I had to hit the ground running as soon as I got to Monterey.
Stop #1: The Legends of the Autobahn
My first stop was the German automobile showcase, the Legends of the Autobahn. This event celebrates German engineering with an impressive collection of BMW, Audi and Mercedes automobiles. 100's of new, classic and tuner German cars were on display. In conjunction with Legends, was the Northern California edition of the popular Radwood car show series, highlighting 1980s-1990s autos and lifestyle.
Stop #2: Mecum Auctions
The daytime auction is an event that I looked forward to every year. Besides the excitement of the auction tent, the cars are all on display, so it ends up being a well curated car show too. 100's of beautiful classics, muscle cars, hot rods and exotics go across the block at the Mecum Monterey auction during the week.
Stop #3: The Werks Reunion
The annual Werks Reunion is where all of the Porsche enthusiasts get together during Car Week. This large gathering attracts all years and models of Porsche automobiles to the Monterey area. This is the location to see the unique, rare and exceptional Porsche makes in Monterey.
Stop #4: Laguna Seca Raceway
My last stop of the day was Weathertech Raceway at Laguna Seca for the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. You cannot attend Car Week without at least a few hours at the famed racetrack. It is an exciting racing venue with numerous classes of historic race cars making laps. In the pits, is a car show where spectators can walk around and see these amazing cars up close.