As summer heats up, bringing with it gorgeous days and wonderfully warm evenings, classic car buffs come out in force to attend a host of classic car events. Ranging from ultra-refined exhibitions featuring the most classic of classics to lighthearted affairs celebrating beloved old rust buckets, classic car events offer committed car buffs a unique way to wile away a few summer days and nights.

To give you some idea of the gamut these events run, here’s a quick preview of the most and (arguably) least prestigious events of the season.

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
Sunday, August 21, 2011

Once a year, the famed 18th fairway at Pebble Beach, normally trod by some of the finest players the PGA has to offer, caters to a rather different tread: That of 200 of the world’s most elegant and beautiful cars and motorcycles.

Concours d’Elegance events happen all over the world, but the Pebble Beach event has become one of the crown jewels of the tradition, drawing cars and motorcycles of nigh-inestimable beauty and astronomical value. As The New York Times once put it, “The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance has often been called the World Series or Super Bowl of the automotive universe, but those descriptions sell this celebration short. If anything, it’s more like the Olympics.”

This year’s event will feature cars and motorcycles in the following categories:

  • Mercedes-Benz and 125 years of the Automobile
  • Stutz Centennial
  • Ferrari 250 GTO
  • Edwardian Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts
  • Italian Motorcycles

General admission comes pretty pricey at $175 a pop, but for the truly committed car buff, this is something more than a can’t-miss event — it’s a pilgrimage.

Concours d’Lemon
Saturday, August 20, 2011

Offering a tongue-in-cheek twist on the ultra-elegant Concours further south, Concours d’Lemon (in Seaside, California) lauds that mutant offspring of the auto industry, the lemon. Stressing all that d’Elegance marques are not, this Concours offers a host of vehicles united only by their ugliness, dysfunctionality, and all-around awful design. Here you’ll catch glimpses of cars destined to be remembered for all the wrong reasons and undoubtedly enjoy at least a chuckle or 2 at these failures of the automotive imagination.

To cap off the event, officials select a “Worst in Show” vehicle — truly an accomplishment in this menagerie of failure. This 1980KV Mini 1 took the “honor” in 2009.

The nitty-gritty on collector car insurance

But what do these elegant classics and ugly lemons have in common? They might all make ideal candidates for collector car insurance through our partner, Hagerty. Collector car insurance offers a surprisingly affordable and flexible coverage option for a wide array of vehicles, ranging from Brass Era classics to cult-status tuners.

As you might imagine, any insurance that can encompass such a diverse array of vehicles has its complexities. To save you time, money, and anxiety we’ve compiled in-depth answers to all the most frequently asked questions about collector car insurance. Our FAQs illuminate everything from the basics of the collector car world (including the ultimate stumper, “Does my car qualify?”) to how to file a claim.

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