Laguna Seca helping stage ‘Dream Drive’ as PCH reopens to Big Sur

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Bixby Bridge is a scenic highlight of the drive from Monterey to Big Sur and back

Editor’s note: Follow all of the action and updates on our special Monterey Car Week page.


Many people consider California’s Highway 1 — the famed Pacific Coast Highway, especially the ocean-side vistas between San Luis Obispo and Monterey – to be among the world’s most beautiful and spectacular driving experiences. 

But a significant section of PCH has been closed since the spring of 2017  by a landslide in the Mud Creek area near Big Sur. The California Department of Transportation has cleared, repaired and reopened the road, with an official celebration set for August 9 with a “Dream Drive” featuring 84 cars, one from each year since the highway first was completed in 1934.

Scenic PCH

Visit California, which is helping the state with the drive, still is looking for several vehicles to fill out that roster, specifically vehicles from the 1936, 1938 and 1939 model years and from the World War II era, 1942-46. If you have such a vehicle and are available to participate in the drive on August 9, please email DreamDrive@Laguna-Seca.com.

Speaking of the race track in Monterey, it will be the starting point for the Dream Drive with the 84 cars staging at the track at 7 a.m. in the Turn 5 parking area. 

The 84 participating car owners will be provided with lodging in Monterey on August 8 and in Morro Bay on August 9, and they will be reimbursed for fuel and meals during the drive. 

The drive will include a lap of WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca at 8:20 a.m. before departure with a California Highway Patrol escort. 

For those not able to participate in the official Dream Drive, Visit California’s website offers several itineraries for exploring the PCH.

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With the road open again, Big Sur will be a destination for the annual Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance taking place during Monterey Car Week 2018.

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the Web and becoming the author of more than 15 books. In addition to being Editorial Director at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times, writes a weekly automotive feature for The Detroit News and is an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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  1. Larry, the Pacific Coast Highway ends at Oxnard in Ventura County. From there to the north San Mateo County line Highway 1 is the Cabrillo Highway. Common mistake.

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