If you have been living under a rock for the past week, you might not have heard that Car Week invaded the Central California coast last week with a slew of auctions, car shows, rallies, and races that brought out some of the finest cars in the world. While the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance always cranks the snob factor up to 11, the Tour d’Elegance seems a bit more approachable, sending a number of the cars that would later take over the greens of Pebble Beach onto public roads for a cruise around town for all to see and enjoy. Car shows are cool and all, giving you a chance to get up close and poke around plenty of rare cars that you’ll probably never see again, but to see and hear them moving under their own power on public roads just heightens the cool factor all that much more, in my humble opinion. To see more of these gorgeous cars on the move, head on over to Classic Driver or Petrolicious. It’s also worth checking out this gallery from the Quail Motorsports Gathering on Petrolicious as well.
One of the biggest draws of Car Week is The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering which takes place at The Quail Lodge. The invite-only car show features a stunning array of racecars and other rare sports cars, without being quite as stodgy and formal as the Pebble Beach Concours. It’s also been deemed the venue of choice for several high-end automakers to present their latest and greatest in front of a large pool of well-heeled potential customers. This year, Bugatti chose The Quail to debut the insane, $5.6M+ Chiron-based Divo, which promises to be an absolute weapon on the track. Singer Vehicle Design also rolled out their new collaboration with Williams Engineering: the DLS for its North American debut before bringing it over to Pebble Beach for Sunday’s Concours. And maybe it’s no surprise that Ferrari would want to get in on the action by unveiling the new 488 Pista Spider for the first time with a Pebble Beach preview.
We talked a little bit in last week’s Lap about the crazy car auctions that surround Car Week and this year was one for the record books. The three vehicles pictured above brought in a combined $75M in sales for RM Sotheby’s, with the ’66 Le Mans podium-finishing Ford GT40 bringing in $9.8M, while the ’63 Aston Martin DP215 Competition Prototype fetching an astounding $19.5M, making it the second most expensive Aston Martin ever sold at auction, just a few bucks short of the DBR1 that sold in the same auction last year. The big kahuna, however, was the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO that set a record as the most expensive car ever sold at auction, crossing the block at $44M before buyer’s premiums. And that was just three of the more prominent lots at one auction house. Not too far down the road, the 1935 Duesenberg SSJ that I was drooling over last week ended up selling for more than double the high estimate at $22M, becoming the most expensive American car ever sold at auction.
For me, the best part about Car Week is seeing all the vintage race cars turning hot laps at Laguna Seca. With my all-time favorite car being the McLaren F1, it’s such a treat to see the F1 GTR that won its first outing at Le Mans back in 1995 run a few exhibition laps with former F1 driver Mika Hakkinen behind the wheel. That V12 sounds simply incredible! And if you want to watch all of the racing from the Monterey Historics at Laguna Seca from this past weekend, and I mean ALL of the racing, it’s definitely worth clicking the following links to see all of the wheel-to-wheel action from Saturday and Sunday‘s races.
If you want the full Car Week experience, there’s also this cool 3-hr recap from the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.