Our intrepid editor traveled to the incomparable Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in California at the wheel of an equally impressive BMW i8. Read on for his adventures…

We’re just back from Pebble Beach, and as usual, the incredible array of automotive eye candy was almost too overwhelming to process.

However, in the DRIVEN spirit of undaunted service journalism, we will be bringing you highlights day by day so you can get a sense of just how unreal such an excursion can be—and hopefully make you feel as if you were (almost) there yourself.

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Lamborghini Miura

Our first installment comes from The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering, the first in the trifecta of opulent events that make up the core of Monterey Car Week.

While the emphasis is on classic cars, events like the Quail and the Concept Lawn at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance mean there are plenty of modern supercars in attendance as well, thigh few to rival the BMW i8 we arrived in.

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Lamborghini Miura interior

Our preference will always be for heart-rupturing classics like the Lamborghini Miura and Porsche 906 Carrera 6 (top photo), and that’s what we spend most of our time drooling over.

However, having the most up-t0-date versions of the great sports and luxury marques not only makes for a pleasing contrast but also puts the classics in perspective and shows who’s still got the goods.

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Lamborghini Huracan Blancpain Super Trofeo

The Quail is designed as a much more social event than the Concours, where you can sample fine food, wine and champagne while strolling around among the various legends and legends in the making, chatting amiably with friends both new and old.

This year, there were special tributes to Ferrari and Maserati, though all the major luxury marques were well represented.

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Ford GT in Gulf Oil livery

Random beasts of beauty like a Ford GT in Gulf Oil livery and Steve McQueen’s Jag were strewn about the carefully tended greenery like so many children’s toys abandoned after a party.

If it all seems rather chaotic, it was a very well-bred chaos and extremely civilized.

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1951 Bentley Mark VI Drophead

Take, for example, the well-weathered gent taking his classic coach-built 1951 Bentley convertible for a spin past the brand-new GT3-R, the fastest Bentley ever produced.

And the whole shebang was MC’d by Richard Charlesworth, esteemed Bentley historian and one of the automotive world’s great characters.

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Bentley Continental GT3-R

However, we will now cease prattling on and let you enjoy our selections from the best of the best on display at the Quail.

And next year, you can come along and carry our camera bag…

ALL IMAGES BY JARED PAUL STERN / DRIVEN

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Porsche 911 Carrera RS

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Singer Porsche 911

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Porsche 906 Carrera 6

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Porsche 918 Spyder

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Porsche 918 Spyder interior

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1935 Bugatti Type 57SC

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Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport

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1957 Alfa Romeo Monoposto Veloce

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Ferrari Dino #1

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Ferrari Dino #2

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Ferrari 250 California Spider

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1956 Ferrari 250 GT Pininfarina

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Classic Ferrari interior

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1974 De Tomaso Pantera

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Maserati MC12

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Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster

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McLaren race car