Monterey Car Week 2018: Favorite Cars, Favorite Shows

From The Quail to Pebble Beach and Concorso Italiano, our favorite shows and the beauties on display

For one week in August each year, the automotive enthusiast community descends upon Monterey, California and the surrounding area to admire, display, auction and drive all manner of vehicles. There’s an overwhelming number of events held over the course of the week-long extravaganza, but the bulk of the shows occur over the weekend. While it’s a struggle to give all the incredible displays the attention …

Updating an Icon: The 2018 Ducati Monster 821

Taking inspiration from the 1993 model, a tweaked motorbike that's sure to impress

by Andrew Maness It’s been 25 years since Ducati launched the naked sport-bike segment with the M900, and since then they’ve moved 323,000 iterations of the Monster—making it the most popular bike in the history of the brand. It’s fitting then that the 2018 Monster 821 has received a number of upgrades, some borrowed from the top of the line Monster 1200 and some drawn …

Officine Mermaid’s Custom Ducati Scrambler

The Milan-based shop reimagines the already capable bike as a badass off-road machine at home on any terrain

Though it opened in 2009, we first stumbled upon Officine Mermaid in 2013 while exploring Milan between appointments during Design Week. Located in the Motoquartiere—an intersection of streets lined with motorcycle part shops, vintage clothing stores and exclusive garages now home to Deus ex Machina Milano and a whole host of other motorcycle-centric operations—Officine Mermaid has expanded to keep up with the area’s growth, beefing …