2017 Monterey Car Week Kicks Off

Car week kicks off

MONTEREY, Calif. - The biggest event of the year in Monterey County has officially kicked off. Car week started at 5:00 p.m. in Downtown Monterey. Twenty-seven vintage cars came down for a two hour show. 

They're just some of the cars that you'll be seeing all around the peninsula over the next nine days.

There were vintage cars going as far back the 1950s, all of the cars were in excellent shape.

The cars on Alvarado street were only a handful of the ones participating in the event. Organizers say they expect more than 500 cars by the end of the week.

Along with suped up engines and skilled drivers, each car comes with a story.

"These cars are selected for the event based on their historical provenance," said Brad Littlefield, public relations manager with Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, "We got cars that have been in the first Indie 500 in 1911 to more modern day cars."

Bill Byrne and his son restored a 1965 Alfa Romeo car. It's the most documented car of its kind.

"The car was missing for 32 years and we found it in the UK about six years ago," said Byrne.

Not long after it was resorted the historic car came from Europe to race on the Central Coast.

"We're really happy to be here we've done it many times, we won't stop coming until we're too old to drive," Byrne said.

Byrne came from Washington for this race but organizers say people come from much farther.

"We've got people from Germany, Brazil, throughout Europe and really coast to coast throughout the nation that plan all year to come out to this event," Littlefield said.

The cars may have raced back in the 50s and 60s but they're not just pieces of history.

"It's not just a showroom floor," Littlefield said, "They go out there and when these guys put their helmets on they're ready to race."

They're not just functional, the historic motor sports association makes sure that each vehicle has modern safety equipment as well.

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