Monterey Car Week Prepares For The Best Year Yet

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Car Week starts August 13th, and there won't be a dull moment.

One of the bigger recent success stories in the world of automotive events is the Monterey Car Week. The event started as just the Pebble Beach Concourse d'Elegance, a classic car show at the famous Pebble Beach golf course and resort. Concourse ribbons became some of the most sought-after for car collectors, and soon auctions accompanied the show. Now a whole week of events lead up to the Concourse, spreading to the surrounding town.

Such is the importance of the Monterey Car Week that many hypercar manufacturers now prefer to unveil their wares at Monterey to the more mundane official auto shows, where they would have to share the stage with dull family cars. This year we'll be seeing a McLaren P1 in attendance, as well as the upcoming BMW M4. The week will also celebrate 100 years of Aston Martin, and the marque will be showing its new Vanquish Volante. Another highlight will be a special edition of the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse, honoring Jean-Pierre Wimille.

Wimille was a racing driver for Bugatti during the company's glory days of racing, and he took wins for Bugatti from Le Mans in 1937 and 1939. It was in 1939 that he was partnered with Pierre Veyron for the race. The car will wear a heritage-inspired black and blue two-tone paint scheme. As for the auctions, they should be as exciting as ever, with the car predicted to fetch the highest price being a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4*s N.A.R.T. Spider by Scaglietti, a one-owner car expected to fetch between $14 million and $17 million. And, of course, the Concourse will bring the usual stunning classics from around the world.

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