There might be no other place on earth like Monterey, California, where the sun and the sand come together, overlooking pounding surf, defiant cliffs, windswept trees—and lots and lots of money. (Old money, to be specific.) It's as good a place as any for a car show. And for seven days straight, the billionaires and the paupers gather in one place to drive, gawk at, show off, race, work on, buy and sell the world\u2019s greatest cars. In the realm of unbridled automotive enthusiasm, there might be no other week like it on Earth.\n\tAdvertisement - Continue Reading Below\n\t\n\nLast year, we covered all of the Monterey car shows—many of which have gone on to become permanent fixtures on the Monterey area's car show calendar, can't-miss events all hovering around the Concours d'Elegance. For 2017, there\u2019s more behind the Marchal lights: the 60th anniversary of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the finer points of navigating 17 Mile Drive, and the cars at the Pebble Beach Concours d\u2019Elegance that you really don\u2019t want to miss.1. You'll See Tomorrow\u2019s Future, TodayThis year, the Pebble Beach Concours d\u2019Elegance is honoring a Hollywood vision of the future: Expect some of the most candy-coated, bubble-topped, chrome-wheeled and be-finned creations of America\u2019s customs from the likes of Virgil Exner, Dean Jeffries, and Gene Winfield. How about the Gyro-X, which balances on two wheels thanks to a gyroscope? Or crooner Bobby Darin\u2019s dream car, the most expensive custom auto ever built? Or the Reactor, a space age show car that starred in Bewitched, Mission: Impossible and Star Trek? (And Batman, the fun one.) It\u2019s tomorrow\u2019s future, from the past, today!2. It's A Movable FeastThrow a fork in any direction and you\u2019re bound to hit an unassuming temple of gastronomical delights, where the wine flows like the 80-foot tall McWay Falls at nearby Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Zagat describes Bistro Moulin as the locals' "go-to place for a nice dinner" out. The San Francisco Chronicle says Cultura Comida y Bebida is "beautifully envisioned" and a "coveted destination for those traveling to Carmel for a getaway." And the New York Times\u2019 36 Hours in Carmel-By-The-Sea discovered La Bicyclette, which "resembles a rustic village bistro" and is "\u00fcber-charming."\n\tAdvertisement - Continue Reading Below\n\t\n\n3. They've Got A Deal For You!In the market for a new ride? Monterey might be a nice place to pick up a souvenir of your own, though it probably won\u2019t come cheap. Go see Dodi Khalil, who runs a modest gem of a gas station, every inch of pavement crammed with eclectic machinery. Or there\u2019s Mohr Imports, right by the coast, where sometimes the Porsches sell for more than the Testarossas. Up north an hour, Canepa in Scotts Valley is the world\u2019s preeminent Porsche showroom—and an honest-to-God treasure trove. And if your negotiating skills are rusty, there's always the auctions.4. Watch for Road ClosuresUsually, the most tasteful of Los Angeles car enthusiasts load up their weekender bags and drive six hours up Pacific Coast Highway, one of America\u2019s paved jewels, to get to Monterey. But it's a bit harder this year. In May, a million tons of rock crashed down Big Sur and into the ocean, burying a quarter-mile stretch of PCH under 40 feet of prime waterfront property. And not only is this "Mother of Landslides" the biggest geological aberrance in decades, but it\u2019s also cut off Big Sur from the rest of the world, making it harder (among other things) to get the Ambrosia Burger at Nepenthe. So if you\u2019re Pebble Beach-bound, taking the 101 Freeway might be a smarter option.\n\tAdvertisement - Continue Reading Below\n\t\n\n\n\tAdvertisement - Continue Reading Below\n\t\n\n5. There are 17 Miles to Glory17 Mile Drive is one of Pebble Beach\u2019s grandest attractions: a winding path along the rocky coast, dubbed one of the "great wonders of the world." For the $10 entry fee, the speed limit is 30 miles per hour. But it wasn\u2019t always that slow. A stone\u2019s throw behind the route lies the original course of the Pebble Beach Road Races, a 1.8-mile road course (partially unpaved!) from 1950 to 1956, where MGs and Ferrari Barchettas diced against one-offs like the Edwards R-26 Special—which, in 1949, landed on the sixth-ever issue of this publication. You can still follow the original routes today. It\u2019s paved now, though. 6. Seca Turns SixtyIn 1957, the famed Pebble Beach Road Races gave way to a purpose-built 1.9-mile course, right down the road: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. This year, the track celebrates its 60th anniversary. And over the past six decades, the Raceway has hosted everything from Can-Am to Trans-Am, Formula One to IndyCar, the American Le Mans Series to the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion. Motorcycle racers consider it Mecca. And dropping down The Corkscrew is a lifetime experience. Hey, Pope John Paul II once held mass there, which makes it a holy a site as any. \n\tAdvertisement - Continue Reading Below\n\t\n\n7. Two Wheels Are Bad...SometimesHere is a friendly reminder, courtesy of the 17 Mile Drive website: "Motorcycles are not permitted entry onto 17-Mile Drive." Your humble writer once chronicled his time attending Monterey Car Week behind the handlebars of his beloved Moto Guzzi V7, lane-splitting past belching Maseratis. Turns out, he received a few emails from the gilded haut monde, helpfully pointing out that he was in gross violation of the Pebble Beach Company\u2019s motorcycle ban. Try renting a bicycle instead. It\u2019s cheaper. It\u2019s also healthier, greener and quieter than an obnoxious V-Twin—and all the more perfect for drinking in the scenery.