Geneva, 15 June 2016 – Rolex’s links to motor racing and speed reach back to the 1930s when Sir Malcolm Campbell broke the 300-mile per hour barrier at the wheel of his World Land Speed Record car, Bluebird, with a Rolex on his wrist. Rolex has since maintained a global appreciation for the past and its traditions, epitomized by the Monterey Classic Car Week. This year’s event, running from Thursday 18 August until Sunday 21 August 2016, will showcase motor sport’s constant evolution through time with a unique combination of concours, tours, racing and auctions.
Set on California’s spectacular Monterey Peninsula, the Monterey Classic Car Week transforms the region into a hub of vintage automobile excellence. Rolex has been deeply involved with this exclusive event since 1997, given its shared values of tradition and innovation, which have shaped quality watchmaking as much as the automotive world. Rolex is involved with several events during the week: Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance® presented by Rolex; The Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion; The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering; and Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®. These events are linked by a common theme: a passion for and dedication to preserving the history and tradition of classic cars that are no less exceptional today than when they were first created. Each event, in its own unique way, celebrates motor sport past and present.
Over the course of the week, event-goers relive the Golden Age of motor racing, sharing their enthusiasm for the history of the automobile. Stepping back in time, they reflect on the inventiveness and creativity of the designers and manufacturers and celebrate the style and beauty of a bygone era, as well as the sport’s heroes, including long-term Rolex Testimonee, three-time FIA Formula One™ Drivers’ World Champion, and former guest of honour at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, Sir Jackie Stewart.
Sir Jackie Stewart’s description of the the cars displayed at Pebble Beach and at the Monterey Peninsula perfectly reflects Rolex’s values: “The elegance and splendor of the cars that race, as well as those on show throughout the event, represent the ultimate in motor sport aesthetics. They reflect a global appreciation for the past and its traditions. The people who buy the cars, who restore them, show them and race them are pursuing excellence in style and precision. What I see at Monterey always gives me a feeling of great pride.”
PEBBLE BEACH TOUR D’ELEGANCE PRESENTED BY ROLEX
THURSDAY 18 AUGUST 2016
For Rolex, the Monterey Classic Car Week gets underway with the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance presented by Rolex. This feature, introduced in 1998 and partnered by Rolex since 2007, showcases the elegance of the automobile in motion. The traditional Tour, which starts from The Lodge at Pebble Beach™, traces portions of the original 17-Mile Drive®, traverses nearby mountains and valleys, and pauses in the charming town of Carmel-by-the-Sea.
ROLEX MONTEREY MOTORPORTS REUNION
THURSDAY 18 – SUNDAY 21 AUGUST 2016
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is the largest event during the Monterey Classic Car Week and is staged at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the scene of America’s golden years of sports car racing since it opened in 1957. The event relives motor sport history with robust racing at the iconic and demanding circuit. Rolex partnered the Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races, which took place at the same venue between 2001 and 2009, before becoming Title Sponsor of the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion in 2010.
THE QUAIL, A MOTORSPORTS GATHERING
FRIDAY 19 AUGUST 2016
Rolex has been the Official Timepiece of The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering since 2005. It is the crown jewel in a whirlwind of events over the Monterey Classic Car Week and is reminiscent of the earlier, more intimate days of the Concours. Set against the picturesque backdrop of the Santa Lucia mountain range, the event combines elegance with exceptional vintage sporting automobiles and a true culinary experience.
PEBBLE BEACH CONCOURS D’ELEGANCE
SUNDAY 21 AUGUST 2016
Rolex has been the Official Timepiece of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and partner to The Lodge at Pebble Beach since 1997. The Concours, a contest of elegance rather than speed, marks the culmination of the Monterey Classic Car Week. Judged for their historical accuracy, technical merit and style, two hundred of the most prized automobiles and motorcycles in the world roll onto the 18th fairway of the Pebble Beach Golf Links®, hoping to claim the Best of Show Trophy, the most coveted award amongst car collectors globally.
Rolex, the leading brand of the Swiss watch industry, is headquartered in Geneva and enjoys an unrivalled reputation for quality and expertise the world over. Its Oyster watches, all certified as superlative chronometers for their precision, performance and reliability, are symbols of excellence, elegance and prestige. Founded by Hans Wilsdorf in 1905, the brand pioneered the development of the wristwatch and is at the origin of numerous major watchmaking innovations, such as the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism invented in 1931. Rolex has registered over 400 patents in the course of its history. A truly integrated and independent manufacturing company, Rolex designs, develops and produces all the essential components of its watches in-house, from the casting of the gold alloys to the machining, crafting, assembly and finishing of the movement, case, dial and bracelet. Rolex is also actively involved in supporting the arts, sports, exploration, the spirit of enterprise, and the environment through a broad palette of sponsoring activities as well as philanthropic programmes.
Virginie Chevailler, Rolex SA
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Sophie Stansfield, Influence Sports
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