Acura to Spice Up Monterey Car Week

You don’t care about Monterey Car Week and all of its poshness and neither does the rest of the Honda performance crowd, but this year might be the exception. That’s mostly because of Acura, who says it’s set for an NSX-centric presence throughout the week’s events that include Pebble Beach’s iconic Concours d’Elegance and the equally lavish The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering.

HondaJet will be a sponsor here, too, because, well, you know, the kind of crowd Monterey Car Week attracts is the kind of crowd that’s got to have some way to get to their private islands. It’ll all start at Gordon McCall’s prestigious Motorworks Revival where Acura will make its debut. Included in the display will be the new NSX and a replica of the 2015 McLaren-Honda MP4-30 Formula 1 car. The Motorworks Revival happens August 12th in the Monterey Jet Center; not that you’ll be going or anything.

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Acura's second-generation supercar is set to take its place with its bespoke 75-degree twin-turbo V6 engine paired with a 9-speed dual-clutch transmission and three-electric-motor SH-AWD system.

Acura’s racing history will also be on display in the form of the infamous Comptech Racing Spice Acura GTP Lights car that originally dominated from 1991 to 1993 at the hands of driver Parker Johnstone who’s reported to get back behind the wheel where he’ll run alongside the all-new NSX at the event’s Historics run. Further Honda racing heritage will show face in the form of Gil de Ferran’s LMP1 car that cinched wins throughout 2009 in the American Le Mans Series.

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Acura will also be showcasing its racing heritage in the form of several championship-winning cars, including the back-to-back-to-back Comptech Racing Spice Acura GTP Lights car (shown) and Gil de Ferran's 2009 Acura LMP1 chassis.

Acura also says that it’ll have a first-generation NSX on hand along the way, demonstrating how far the company’s come since introducing the first all-aluminum sports car, VTEC, and all sorts of other advancements. For more information about 2015’s Monterey Car Week—or to just look at the calendar of events and pretend you’ll be going—visit www.montereycarweek.com.

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Acura says it'll be starting the week off showing its complete lineup of vehicles alongside the original NSX.

 

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Aaron Gaghagen
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Aaron Gaghagen is a veteran video editor and longtime Honda enthusiast. All told, he’s owned seven of them, and has enjoyed every single minute of wrenching on every single one. Except for that automatic one. That was probably a mistake. In 2010 Aaron teamed up with Brian Gillespie who along with another partner launched Nacho Speed Garage, a venture that capitalized on Aaron’s video expertise to do its part in entertaining and educating the Honda masses. Nacho Speed Garage took everything to the next level. Instead of reading magazines and cruising forums for content, Aaron and Brian were generating it themselves. The demise of Honda Tuning magazine in 2014 was the impetus for Aaron to do something even more impactful, though, which led to the creation of VTEC Academy and aims to carry that Honda torch forward in the same spirt of not just Honda Tuning but Nacho Speed Garage.