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Concours on the Avenue 2019

You know it’s going to be a good car show when the cars parked on the street on the way to the event are better than any show in recent memory. Such was the case this August 13th for the Concours on the Avenue in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. Street parked along various curbs throughout the village were a Bugatti Chiron, a Ferrari 275 Spyder, a stunning Iso Grifo, and a multitude of vintage 911s. This tiny village of just under 3,900 full-time residents is situated on edge of the Pacific in California’s stunning Central Coast, is home to some of the most desirable real estate anywhere in the continental U.S. Held each year on Tuesday during Monterey Car Week, the Concours on the Avenue draws some of the most stunning rolling art anywhere in the automotive world, and with it a crowd that will nearly quadruple the population, if only for a day.

The Concours runs most of the length of Ocean Avenue, Carmel’s main drag and chic shopping district. The fog from the Pacific had just cleared as the entrants for this year’s show began rolling in. The day proved to be sunny and mild, with highs in the mid-70s. There was a running commentary heard over a public address system from this year’s guest emcee, Sports Car Market Editor-at-Large Donald Osborne.

The Concours is unlike many others in that a constant stream of amazing cars, and their owners, graces the event dais. Interviews and commentary entertain and inform the show attendees. The cars themselves are compelling, but as we all know, it’s the story that makes great cars even more fascinating.