My Car Quest

April 16, 2024

Cars on the Street During Monterey Car Week

by Mike Gulett

Saturday of Monterey Car Week is the day for Concorso Italiano but because I recently posted Concorso Italiano Revisited – 2014 I thought I would post some photos of Cars on the Street, which is something I try to do every year.

Since I live in the Carmel area I drove around today (Friday) looking for cool cars. I was not disappointed but between my driving, the tourists and trying to take photos I missed many of the good photos. It is very hot here on the Monterey Peninsula – well above normal; it was 89 degrees F in Carmel-by-the-Sea at about 1:30PM.

McLaren and Modena

I believe this is a McLaren and a Modena (similar to the car used in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off but not red) – downtown Carmel

Many of the locals who live here full time are not unhappy about the cancellation of Monterey Car Week because it always brings lots of excess traffic and crowds this one week of the year. These people who actually prefer no car week do not own restaurants or hotels in the area so it does not impact them financially. And they are not car lovers! Go figure. Many of them usually leave town during Monterey Car Week but not this year.

Lamborghini Huracan

Lamborghini Huracan – Baja Cantina

Old Mercedes

Old Mercedes – Baja Cantina

Ferrari under cover

Ferrari under cover, avoiding the heat – downtown Carmel


McLaren on the right and one of the Gary Wales cars, on the left (see the photo below) – downtown Carmel

Gary Wales Car

I believe the Gary Wales Car in the previous photo is this one (this photo was taken in 2015 at the Carmel Mission Classic)

Bentley Bentayga

Bentley Bentayga – downtown Carmel

Baja Cantina

Baja Cantina

The Quail

This is where The Quail, A Motor Sport Gathering is held – normally on this day at this time there would be a couple hundred cars surrounded by thousands of people with plenty of food and free flowing wine. Now it is just golfers on the driving range.

I missed a photo of Porsche 550 Spyder (probably a replica) and a ’58 or ’59 Corvette. I also missed taking a photo of a McLaren followed by a late model Ford GT, both in a color similar to candy apple red. Guess what? They were going too fast for me to photo while I was driving in the opposite direction.

Oh well, there is always next year.

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Cars on the Street During Monterey Car Week
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Cars on the Street During Monterey Car Week
Even though Monterey Car Week has been canceled because of the coronavirus there are still many visitors and a few cool cars on the streets.

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