Once more, Monterey Car Week has engulfed us, dazzling our eyes and ears with some of the most lavish and opulent offerings from the automobile industry. Every year, the wealthiest car aficionados from all over the world congregate in Monterey, California, for a week of fossil fuel-fueled ego-stroking.

Pebble Beach

The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the crown of Car Week, is regarded by many as the world’s best auto exhibition, proving that the strutting isn’t all for show. A Pebble ribbon signifies enormous status in the world of collector vehicles and results in an immediate increase in a car’s value. Cars accepted to the Concours are not permitted to return within a 10-year window, with very few exceptions, unless they have changed ownership and have undergone a recent restoration (or they are an original preservation car).

If you find all of that to be as fascinating as we do, you may still take in the show without shelling out hundreds of dollars for a ticket. We’ll have reporters on the ground scouting our favourites, just like in years past, and we’ll be liveblogging right here on the website. For the greatest sights and sounds, be sure to check out our Instagram, where we’ll be posting frequently. If you want to learn anything directly from the source, you can use the alternatives below.

(August 7–20) Pebble Beach Motoring Classic

The majority of the cars at Monterey Car Week may travel less roadway than the abandoned project behind your house, but that won’t be the case for the Pebble Beach Motoring Classic competitors. The competitors will set off from Kirkland, Washington, on August 8 and will travel approximately 1500 miles in eight days to get to Monterey, California. The entrance price for a single car and two individuals last year was $14,000 and did not include lodging in Monterey. Unfortunately, unless you can get yourself to the route, it will be difficult to listen to this one. Since the owners are driving the vehicles, they most likely won’t be using the drive to upload photos to Instagram.

(August 16–19) Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion

The four days between August 17 and August 20 will see some of the most historic race cars compete at Laguna Seca Raceway. The main focus this year was the 70th anniversary of the Corvette, and about 550 automobiles were invited. In addition to vintage Formula 1 cars, Trans Am racers, and IMSA vehicles from the 1970s, there will be Corvettes of every generation at the event. The Laguna Seca Youtube channel should have a stream, and you may also follow on social media by using the hashtags #RolexReunion #MontereyCarWeek #WeatherTechRaceway.

(August 17) Legends of the Autobahn

Every year, the American clubs for Audi, BMW, and Mercedes-Benz band together to stage a Concours d’Elegance featuring only German automakers in Pacific Grove, California. Instagram users can find pictures and videos by following the hashtags and accounts #legendsoftheautobahn @bmwcca @audiclubna @mercedesbenzclubofamerica.

The Quail, a gathering for motorsports (18 August)

Even though the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is the major reason everyone is there, the Quail prides itself on being the most opulent of the Pebble events. The featured themes for this year are the Bentley 1950s R-Type Coupe, Porsche 959s, the 50th Anniversary of the 1973 RS Carrera, and Eyes on Italian Design. On August 18, follow #thequail to stay updated.

Italian competition (August 19)

Concorso Italiano focuses on up to 1000 Italian automobiles and motorcycles since Italian automobiles strike right at the core of the automotive industry. For further details, search for @concorsoitaliano and #concorsoitaliano.

California’s Concours d’Lemons (August 19)

The purposefully bizarre Concours d’Lemons is a great way to decompress if reading about all of these outrageously wealthy owners of historic and exotic vehicles makes you feel bad about the one wrinkled dollar bill in your wallet. For updates and a recap video on August 19, follow @concoursdlemons and #concoursdlemons, or visit the Lemons website.

(August 20) Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

If your bank account resembles ours in any way, you most likely lack the funds necessary to pay $525 each ticket plus significantly more for lodging and food. Thankfully, the Concours d’Elegance will be streamed on August 20. Make a note of the official Pebble Beach webcast and mix up a fine drink with your finest booze. No one will make fun of you for tying your bow tie poorly, and it will still be less expensive than the cocktails on the lawn in California.