Ferrari 250 TdF and Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa at Carmel Concours

Carmel Concours on the Avenue 2011 Information

The Carmel Concours on the Avenue 2011 will be held Tuesday, August 16th on the downtown streets of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. While several events claim to kick-off Monterey Week, only Carmel Concours truly does so.

The fifth edition of the Carmel-By-The-Sea Concours on the Avenue will see approximately 175 vehicles vying for first and second in class plus 14 major awards and, of course, Best of Show. This year’s event will present multi-marques from 1940 to 1973, in addition to Porsche and Ferrari from the beginning through 1989.

Carmel-By-The-Sea’s Ocean Avenue will be closed to traffic and sixteen blocks of downtown will be filled with collector cars and related motorized items. As always, an interesting mix of domestic and foreign cars will be presented in front of Carmel’s charming shops, galleries and restaurants.

Carmel on the Avenue Concours 2011 is open to the public for viewing from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm on Tuesday, August 16th. For more information, visit

[Source: Carmel Concours; photo credit: Dennis Gray]

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  1. Al.
    Exit 1 (Cabrillo Hwy) onto Ocean Ave. go down the hill to the second stop sign the cross street is Carpenter St. on the right and Forrest Rd. on the left. Take either and go one block then turn west or towards the ocean. From Carpenter St. you will now be on 6th Ave. Park in the firs available spot. If parking is gone try the next street north 5th ave. From Forrest you’ll be on 7th and a dog leg to your left will put u on 8th. Same options take the first open spot. Warning check the parking restriction signs. Carmel is visitors welcome city but I have been told that they have posted new parking restrictions.
    Hints: Arrive early and watch the cars park. I’ll be there by 7:30.
    Breakfast: Katy’s Place, Mission Street between 5th and 6th. Try the hash.
    Late lunch: 45 minutes south of Carmel to Nepenthe restaurant. Amazing views, good drinks and good food. 
    Dinner in Monterey: SandBar Grill, Warf 2. On the working wharf not the tourist wharf. About half way out the wharf, park and walk down to this small place for good sea food.
    Places to stay. Two. The fist in Carmel is Doris Days’ Cypres Inn. Nice place and they take dogs, have an afternoon high tea and have a nice wine list.
    In Monterey the Lone Oak Inn. Clean and cost effective. NOT FANCY but clean and friendly. 2221 N. Freemont St, Monterey. This is where I stay when I am on assignment. You will meet drivers and working press at the ice machine.
    All these places have websites.
    Let me know if I can help in any way. Dennis Gray