It is that time of year again, with the rumble of engines and smell of race fuel filling the air, the automotive extravaganza known as Monterey Car Week is almost here. I will not be attending the various racing and vintage car show events this year, but I am honouring the occasion with the release of some of my favourite automobilia images from over the years. Find more Monterey Car Week photographs in my archives, with work spanning a decade of races and Concours shows; with both prints and licensing available.
Race fans admire a 1957 Corvette at Laguna Seca during the Reunion events of Monterey Car Week
Spectators admiring vintage automobiles at the Carmel Concours on the Avenue event during Monterey car week are reflected in the windows of a classic Porsche
1912 Packard 30, descending through the corkscrew driven by Brian Blain at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion during Monterey Car Week
Looking for some artful Automotive Abstract images? I have curated a collection highlighting the details of a wide range of cars, from vintage Porsches and Ferraris to unique hot rods and restoration projects.
Detail of green paint and patina, and chrome hood ornament of a vintage Buick, seen at the Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours on the Avenue event during Monterey Car Week
Dark tones and chrome reflections of a classic car, seen at the Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours on the Avenue event during Monterey Car Week
A 1935 Bugatti Type 57S driven by Jim Hull at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion during Monterey Car Week
My automotive photography archives cover historic and reunion races, street car shows, and both the Pebble Beach and Carmel Concours events; if there is a particular car you are looking for, please contact me with the details and I will do my best to see if it is included in my library.
Two vintage racecars battle for position on the Laguna Seca racetrack, Monterey CA
A rear angle view of a vintage racing automobile, abstract patterns of light gleaming across the curves of the blue body.
Scenes and details of vintage and classic cars, seen at Laguna Seca during the Historic racing events of Monterey Car Week
Are you lucky enough to be attending Monterey Car Week this year? Here is my post from last year, highlighting some of the most accessible events of the season, including tips on where to catch some remarkable free shows and photographic opportunities: A Photographer’s Guide to Car Week in Monterey, California
HMSA racing participants line up on the starting grid of Laguna Seca Raceway, Monterey
Racecar humor, in the paddock, a 1966 Alfa Romeo Giulia GTV sports eyes over headlights at Laguna Seca during the Reunion events of Monterey Car Week
A powerful racecar kicks up dust as it descends through the notorious Corkscrew section of Laguna Seca, in Monterey
The complete APK Photography Automobilia Archives are full of unique and interesting car culture photos. It has been a pleasure to explore and photograph the world of rare and notable automobiles, and I am looking forward to returning to celebrate Monterey Car Week again in the coming years.
It is an August ritual, the gleaming chrome, rumbling engines, shifting gears and crowds of automotive aficionados, all converging to transform Monterey, California into a car collector’s paradise. From vintage automobile races to open-air shows, there are endless opportunities to see examples of fine historic vehicles and rare luxury supercars up close and in beautiful detail. For more classic car photography and racing photography from Monterey Car Week, please visit the APK Photography Automobilia Archives.
I have been photographing automotive events for nearly as long as I have lived in Monterey, and it is truly remarkable to see the variety of cars and the passion of the owners and fans. From a shooting perspective, these celebrations of automotive engineering and history are always well-attended, meaning that I have no choice but to work with the crowd and explore new angles from which to capture both the details and the larger feel of any given event. Lately, I have become even more interested in capturing the interaction of the people and the cars, resulting in moments like the shot below.
Of course, there is always the simple and deeply satisfying fun of moving in closer for those more finely tuned abstract and detail images, with the added challenge of highly-variable light/shadow intensities on shiny surfaces…