Starting this Sunday, it's officially the Concours d'Elegance, the annual gathering of the rich and motor-minded along California's Monterey coast. There are rallies, races, auctions where cars sell for millions, and this year, even a personal two-person spacecraft is on display.
Auto critic Susan Carpenter says it's also a bit of a fashion show. Vintage racers dress in period costume, complete with waxed facial hair, and at auctions and other events, attendees dress to the nines.
Carpenter also loves some of the oddball events, including the Concours d'Lemon, which celebrates some of the automotive world's less successful efforts and which includes categories such as "Needlessly Complex Italian," and "Soul-Sucking Japanese Appliance."
Carpenter is auto and motorcycle critic for the LA Register, and a regular contributor to Take Two.