HomeCar CultureNo Monterey this year, so here’s a look back

No Monterey this year, so here’s a look back

The Journal has covered Monterey for the past five years. Here are all our stories


The scene at the inaugural Lamborghini & Design Concorso d’Eleganza | Lamborghini photos

Like you, I am sorely disappointed not to be attending Monterey Car Week this week. When you miss something or someone, you have a tendency to look backwards. Photo albums, letters, 8mm films and videos.

The entire editorial staff is lamenting. Whether going to the Quail, Pebble Beach, Laguna Seca, the auctions, the variety of specialty concours – or watching newbie narcissists do burnouts in their supercars in the middle of downtown – there is so much to experience each year.

Pebble beach
More classic car activities happen during the week leading up to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance | Kimball Studios / Pebble Beach Concours

I decided to take a look back. While my tenure at the helm of the Journal is only coming up on a year, I have been covering the events on the Peninsula for over a decade – and reading the Journal for the past several years. There have been some stellar moments. Beautiful Pebble Beach Concours Bests of Show. The peaks and valleys of the auctions. Thrills, spills and chills with great friends at the Rolex Reunion. The camaraderie at McCall’s Hangar Party.

Aircraft, automobiles and fine food and beverages draw the jet set to McCalls Motorworks Revival | Howard Koby photos

In so doing, I have curated the past five years of our reporting on Monterey Car Week. There are a variety of stories from our supremely talented senior editorial staff who include Larry Edsall, Andy Reid and Bob Golfen. It pleases me every day to work with them and wish we were all having a margarita at the Baja Cantina tonight. But alas, hopefully we will be past the craziness of world events 365 days from now and celebrate friendship – and the automobile – then.

Race cars, antiques, motorcycles and more. There was something for everyone at Mecum and other Monterey auctions | Larry Edsall photos

The links below will take you to Car Week, by year, where you can experience the event through the eyes of these keen journalists. Hope you can at least read some of these stories, jog your own memory and smile.

Blessing of a Gullwing at the Carmel Mission Concours

We would also love for you to share your most cherished moments in the comments below. There are the cars and stars of Car Week, but what always brings me back is the fellowship and the stories that are told.

Tom Stahler
Tom Stahler
Tom Stahler is the Managing Editor of the Journal. Tom has a lifelong love of cars and motor racing – beginning with the 1968 USRRC race at Road America, in a stroller, at eight months of age. His words, photos and broadcasts can can be found on a myriad of media. He has won the Motor Press Guild’s Dean Batchelor Award and a Gold Medal in the International Automotive Media Awards.


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