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Notes From A Week's Worth Of Car Testing In California

Managing Editor Steven Ewing drove some $2 million worth of new cars while out in California for Monterey Car Week. Here are his notes following an excellent week of driving.

The Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance celebrates beautiful, old cars. But the event features lots of newer metal, too, like the concept lawn at Pebble Beach.

We chat with Jim Patterson, owner of the 1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A, before his car won “Best in Show” at the 65th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2015.

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Gooding's auction in Monterey cleared over $128 million in classic cars sales, including three that topped $10 million. A 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider led the pack by selling for $16.83 million.

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As this year's Monterey Motorsports Reunion draws to a close, the officials at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca have already announced that BMW will be the featured marque for next year's event.

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50 years after its debut, we take a look at the original Shelby GT350 at the Monterey Historics and Pebble Beach to see how it inspires the next hot Mustang.

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An absolutely gorgeous 1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A took top honors as Best In Show at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. The car is owned by Jim Patterson of The Patterson Collection in Louisville, KY.

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We Take A Much Closer Look At Many Of Monterey's Finest

We take a look at the more intricate details of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance showcars. Details like these are what separate the truly beautiful cars from the rest.

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We take a look at the Pebble Beach concept lawn, where newer debuts mix it up with some of our favorite creations of the past auto show season.

Autoblog's director of photography, Drew Phillips, captures all the sights of this year's 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. It's everything you want to see from Pebble Beach, all in one gallery.

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1956 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione 'Tour De France' Commands $13.2 Million

Over three days RM Sotheby's sold $172.7 million of vehicles in Monterey, including the highest price ever paid for a Jaguar at auction. The sale of a 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Competizione 'Tour de France' brought $13.2 million.

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The 2015 Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca showcased the Shelby GT350 on its 50th anniversary as the featured marque.

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David Brown Automotive and its retro-styled Speedback GT mark their North American debut at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering during Monterey car week.

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Henrik Fisker and Galpin Auto Sports introduce the Rocket Speedster Concept at Pebble Beach, the followup to the Rocket Coupe introduced last year.

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Bonhams' 2015 auction at the Quail Lodge was led by a 1959 Ferrari 250 GT Competizione Alloy Berlinetta that sold for $8.525 million. Prancing Horses were four of the five highest selling cars in the sale.

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The 2015 Quail Motorsports Gathering is once again a fantastic event this year with a perfect pairing of classic sports cars and modern supercars.

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At the Quail Motorsports Gathering – part of Monterey Car Week – Singer's take on the Porsche 911 Targa made its North American debut, after the car was first shown at Goodwood in June.

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The slow reveal of Acura's second supercar attempt continues with a little more info on the engine source, how the car will be built, order customization, and more. Read all about it, here.

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750 horsepower. 0-60 in under three seconds. $530,000 MSRP. Only 500 available. That's the story with the new Lamborghini Aventador LP 570-4 SuperVeloce Roadster, which makes its debut this week in Monterey.

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The 25 vehicles in RM Sotheby's Pinnacle Portfolio collection were all special, but at the end of the night four Ferraris were among the auctions top five sellers. The only one to break the Prancing Horse's lead was a very rare examples of the McLaren F1.

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The 2015 Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance offers the chance to see and hear a plethora of million-dollar, classic cars for free. Check out our photos and video from the event.

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