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A Guide to Enjoying Vintage Car Week on the Monterey Peninsula


In a little less than a month, the Monterey Peninsula with be teeming with action as enthusiasts and their automobiles from around the globe will gather for the smorgasbord of vintage car events held there yearly. The map above courtesy of Monterey Car Week shows the location of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and the satellite events that have sprung up around it over the years. We have put together this report with our readers in mind so that you will know where to go and what to see for a pleasurable experience.

All serious old car enthusiasts need to attend the happening least once in their lifetime to experience what it is all about, and it’s not to late too think about going this year. We have put together a guide to the events that are sure to please. Plan on getting there by Monday and settle in, which will give you plenty of time on Tuesday to see the sights and find your way around the area.

Plan on spending everyday Wednesday through Sunday to see the most important events. And bring some warm clothes – light layers and a jacket, as if it is foggy it can be quite cool. Check with Monterey Car Week for a calendar.


On Wednesday plan on taking in Automobilia Monterey in the ballroom of The Embassy Suites. It is billed as the largest automobilia show in America with forty-five top dealers from around the world. There you will find an amazing assortment of the best vintage posters, photographs, signs, original art, scale models, literature and books to be found anywhere.


For Thursday plan on taking in The Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance. The area is known for its scenic beauty and roads that wind for miles through pine and cypress forests. The tour takes in parts of 17-Mile Drive, explores inland sights and the spectacular coastline. This year the Tour will once again take a lap around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The tour usually wraps up for lunch in the center of Carmel-by-the-Sea where all of the cars are displayed in the middle of the town.

The cars that will be on display in the Concours d’Elegance on Sunday are not required to complete the tour, but if two vehicles tie in class at the competition, the vehicle that has completed the Tour gets the nod.

Plan on getting there very early and visit the start (seen above) between Collins Field where all the transporters park and the Gooding and Company Auction tents. Find out exactly where the tour is going (the Concours office is very helpful) and after the start, find scenic a place where you can watch the entrants pass by. 17-Mile Drive or Route one if the tour goes down the coast are spectacular vantage points.


On Friday you should plan on attending, The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering. In time it has become a must see experience for motorsports enthusiasts and collectors. At the Quail, you will be treated to a wide assortment of sporting and racing  automobiles and motorcycles on the greens of the Quail Lodge & Golf Club. After you leave the event plan on taking a drive over the scenic Laureles Grade, which ends very near the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.


On both Friday and Saturday one of the cornerstone events to take in is the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. Over five-hundred racing cars attend from all over the world at this premier vintage racing event. A car is accepted to participate only after its authenticity, race provenance and period correctness has been determined. This year Maserati is the featured marque which should bring out many rare examples.

Practice and qualifying races are held on Thursday and Friday. The main race days are on both Saturday and Sunday with seven races run-off before the lunch break, and eight in the afternoon, each is about 20-minutes long. Get a pit pass which will allow you to full access to inspect the cars. You can find the full Rolex Monterey schedule here.

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Of course, the most important event for most is the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance held on Sunday. Plan on getting there before day-break to partake in what is called – The Dawn Patrol, were if a spot can be found you can watch as the entrants drive on to the field. General admission to the field opens at 10:30 and the awards presentation starts at 1:30 and continues until the Best of Show winner is announced later in the afternoon. You can find the schedule here.

Full details of all of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance events are here. Other facets of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance are: The Pebble Beach Auction by Gooding and Company, the Automotive Fine Arts Society (AFAS) Exhibition and the Pebble Beach RetroAuto.

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The 2014 Millers At Milwaukee Vintage Indy Car Exhibition

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  •  The 1935 Pirrung Special, a f.w.d. special powered by an early Offerhauser

The annual Millers At Milwaukee meet is one of the few such events in the country that cater to vintage oval track enthusiasts. The focus of the event has always been the Miller Racing cars created by Harry A. Miller, and later cars powered by the Offenhauser engine. It is held at the Milwaukee Mile race track at the State Fair complex; the track opened in 1904 and is the oldest operating auto racing track in the country.

The 19th annual 2014 Meet was held last weekend with well over fifty cars attending. The two-day event has always been a fun and low-key gathering where you can see, touch, smell, and get up close to the cars. There is plenty of time to talk with the owners of the racers, and possibly even get a ride in a two-man car out on the track. A number of other related early racing cars and specials also attend so, it is a chance to see some very interesting machinery.

You can learn all the details about the event at Millers At Milwaukee. A great deal of information about the cars that Harry A. Miller built and the history behind them can be found at the Miller-Offenhauser  Historical Society. And thanks go out to Lee Stohr of Stohr Design for his photos.

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  •    1930 Fred Frame Duesenberg Sprint Car – The John Zink Special
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  •           Bowes Seal Fast Special – Miller TNT – Bugatti Type 37A
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  •                      1913 Peugeot Type – 3.0-liter Coupe de l’Auto
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  •       1930 Miller Sampson Special with twin Miller 91 c.i.d. engines

Follow along above as Jean Jennings takes us to the Millers At Milwaukee event in 2013 to meet up with Miller collector Dan Davis and run a number of his cars out on the track. You can also read her post about the adventure at Jean Knows Cars.

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The 2014 Elegance at Hershey – Fine Automobiles in Chocolate Town

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  • 1935 Duesenberg “Mormon Meteor” – The Governor’s Cup – Best in Show

The 2014 Elegance at Hershey, held last Sunday on Father’s Day, June 15 was like all previous editions of the outstanding event, a total success. The event featured more than 60 rare collector cars, and today we are featuring some of the earlier cars on exhibit. Harry Yeaggy’s 1935 Model SJ Duesenberg Mormon Meteor Speedster, restored to its 1935 configuration by Chris Charlton’s Collector Car Services took home The Governor’s Cup – Best in Show award. A period film and photos of it can be found here.

The Elegance is a by invitation-only event that showcases rare and unique automobiles from both the pre-war and post-war eras. In addition to the concours, the event also includes The Grand Ascent, which is a VSCCA sponsored Hill Climb. It uses the 7/10-mile  challenging back road into The Hotel Hershey, which was used for The Hershey Hill Climb held there between 1958 and 1970 by the Appalachian Sports Car Club.

The event benefits the JDRF (formerly known as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), the AACA Museum and the AACA Library and Research Center. You can find out more about this prestigious event at The Elegance At Hershey, and also learn more about the VSCCA sanctioned The Grand Ascent here. Take a moment to visit with Matthew Little’s Studio 721 who provided these fine images of the show.

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  •     1935 Alfa Romeo 8c - 1935 Duesenberg – 1931 Avions Voisin C20
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  • 1925 Packard 2-36 – 1927 Bugatti Type 38A – 1933 Chrysler Imperial CL
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  •             1935 Brewster – 1928 Mercedes-Benz S – 1928 Packard 4-43
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  •         1934 Packard 1107 – 1931 Minerva AL – 1924 Hispano-Suiza H6B
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  •     1935 Brewster -  1927 Bugatti Type 38A - 1928 Mercedes-Benz S
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  •        1927 Packard 5-26 – 1947 Delahaye 135M – 1938 SS Jaguar
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The Beast of Turin – The Rebirth of a 1729 Cubic Inch S.76 Fiat – Assembly of the Engine

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  • Test fit of the 7.50-inch diameter pistons

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is being held next week in the UK on June 26-29, and Duncan Pittaway and his helpers Bruce and Tucker are working very hard to get the S.76 Fiat ready and there on time. Stefan Marjoram was at Duncan’s shop on the weekend of June 8-9th and took this set of photos showing the installation of the intake valves, connecting rods, pistons, the block and the s.o.h.c. assembly.

The huge four cylinder engine has a 7.5-inch bore x 9.843-inch stroke with a 1729 c.i.d. (28 liters) and it produces 300-h.p; each cylinder displaces 432 c.i. Many thanks to Duncan and Stefan for sharing the rare sight of the engine internals with us.

The Old Motor has been following this project for the last three-plus years and you can take a look back here at eight posts on the S.76 Fiat; there you can see many more of Stefan’s images and art, period photographs and as much information about the cars as can be found.

As of yesterday they were still on target, but have lots of plumbing and last minute details to attend to. Take a moment to visit with Stefan Marjoram and also learn all about The Festival of Speed. Stay tuned for a follow up.

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  • The crankcase, crankshaft, flywheel and connecting rods
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  • Installing the caged single intake valves, test fit of the block and pistons
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  • Installing the three camshaft bearing towers
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  • Installing the s.o.h.c and the shaft and gear assembly
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  • The oil pump – transmission-differential – cam bearing towers
  • S7615A period photo of one of the two S.76 Fiats
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