Enlarge / When you have so much eye-candy in one place, this becomes a familiar sight. (credit: Jonathan Gitlin) Although we usually pay for our own travel expenses, for this trip Genesis provided flights to San Francisco and five nights accomodation in Monterey, California.

MONTEREY, Calif.—There are a few big tentpole events on the automotive world’s calendar. First come the auto shows of New York and Geneva, when manufacturers whip the dust sheets off their latest wares. Next up are Indianapolis, Monte Carlo, and Le Mans, where races have been held for decades (over a century in the case of the former).

That trio annually puts machines and the teams that run them through the ringer.

But none of these iconic happenings are quite like Monterey Car Week.
Each year towards the end of August, this normally sleepy peninsula a hundred miles or so south of San Francisco plays host to a four-wheeled festival that might best be described as a cross between Comic Con and the Oscars, just for cars.

The Comic Con comparison feels apt because for the fan there’s just about everything you could hope to see.

And the Oscars? Well, Monterey is where the megastars of the car world show up.
I don’t mean famous people—though there are plenty of those—but the A-list automobiles themselves.

Cars that mere mortals like me just read about, vehicles distinguished by otherworldly valuations or legendary histories, are suddenly sharing the same sunlight as the rest of us.
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