Gordon McCall's Motorworks Revival

What makes the Monterey car week so exciting is that it's not just one event – it's made up of numerous festivities that make the whole area south of San Franciso and San Jose a special place to be in mid-August. There's the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, of course, but also The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering, the Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Laguna Seca, the Concorso Italiana and numerous auctions of classic cars. But what really kicks it off is Gordon McCall's Motorworks Revival.

Held at the Monterey Jet Center – a small airport on the peninsula – McCall's Motorworks Revival always marks the start of the celebrated car week in Northern California. And this year was no exception, though many of the cars on hand certainly were exceptional. In addition to the Toyota FT-1 concept refinished in grey with tan leather, and the 25th anniversary edition Panoz Esperante on which we reported separately, this year's Revival featured some tasty tidbits from Ford, including the original 1962 Mustang concept, the 50th anniversary edition 2015 Mustang and a rare Camilo Pardo edition Ford GT.

Pagani showed off both the Zonda and newer Huayra, Singer showcased two of its retrofitted Porsche 911s, Lamborghini arrived with both the new Huracán and a personalized Aventador, and Hennessey brought out the Venom GT that hit 270 miles per hour at Cape Canaveral. A smattering of Ferraris, Maseratis, Alfa Romeos, Teslas and an array of vintage aircraft rounded out the field.

Fortunately our own Drew Phillips was on the ground to capture all the beautiful sheet metal, and you can scope out the results in the high-resolution gallery of live shots above.