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Moving ahead with Car Week: What to expect at this year’s event

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (KION) Pebble Beach is moving ahead with its car week events this year, and Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance announced more details about what guests can expect to see.

Most of the events will be held between Aug. 12 and 15, 2021, including the 70th Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance on Aug. 15. Last year's events were canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This year is the time to shine for the Pebble Beach Concours D'Elegance as organizers will finally be able to celebrate its 70th year of existence.

“My car people miss the Monterey Peninsula they miss being here for car week," says Sandra Button with the concours. “They tell their kiddos no weddings in august. We want to be at pebble beach  we want to take our car.”

Car Week brings, on average, more than 50 million dollars to the Peninsula.

That's money to local charities and also to hotels that house the hundreds of thousands of car enthusiasts visiting the Monterey Bay.

But with Car Week also comes something else that some residents are already dreading: The traffic.

"I'm not ready for the traffic!" said Aria Davis. "I commute to Marina for shopping so that'll give me some extra time on the highway."

The beginning part of 2021 brought some hesitancy to bring back Car Week, however, as Button says there were concerns from volunteers about the event going on during the pandemic.

But the presence of a COVID-19 vaccine proved to shift things in a more positive light.

“Some of our volunteers were more hesitant. Most of them are over 65 so in the last few weeks a lot more confidence. Almost my entire volunteer group has been vaccinated and feeling very positive," says Button.

And so with Car Week moving full speed ahead, here are some of the highlights of this year's events.

Gooding & Company Auctions

Gooding & Company is the official auction house of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, and it will be holding its auctions on Aug. 13 and 14 at the Parc du Concours.

The auctions will feature cars ranging form early electric cars to the Lamborghini Countach, but it will also bring back more than half of its past Best of Show winners and all of the overall winners from the early Road Races.

Lamborghini Countach

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Lamborghini Countach, the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance will showcase some of the prototypes and variants on Aug. 15th on the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links.

"The Countach redefined the super sports car segment and became an icon with design language that is still applied to every modern Lamborghini today,” said Stephan Winkelmann, President & CEO of Automobili Lamborghini. “The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is the perfect backdrop to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this legendary Lamborghini with a special gathering of Countach examples that will likely never be seen again in one place.”

Several Countach coupes have competed at the Concours, but this is the first time it will devote a full class to the model.

Event Schedule

  • Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance- Aug. 15
  • Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance- Aug. 12
  • Pebble Beach Retroauto- Aug. 12 to 15
  • Pebble Beach Classic Car Forum- Aug. 12 to 14
  • Pebble Beach Motoring Classic- Aug. 2 to 11
  • Pebble Beach Auctions- Aug. 13 and 14
  • Concours Village- Aug. 12 to 15
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Avery Johnson

Avery Johnson is the Digital Content Director at KION News Channel 5/46.

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