The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is an automotive charity event held each year on the Pebble Beach Golf Links in California and is considered to be one of the the most prestigious events of its kind. It was first alone for classic cars but since a few years concept cars, such as Ferrari P4/P5, Maybach Excelero, Spyker D12, are also shown there. All the cars are judged for authenticity, function, history, and style. Classes are commonly arranged by type, marque (manufacturer), coachbuilder, country of origin or time period.
A little bit of history:
It all began in 1950 as an adjunct to the Pebble Beach Road Race, a race event sponsored by the Sports Car Club of America and conducted on a circuit of closed public roads. The 1950 and 1951 Concours were held on a practice tee and driving range adjacent to the Beach Club, a private club near the Del Monte Lodge. Thirty cars were exhibited on November 4, 1950, and a smaller field of 23 on May 27, 1951. In 1952, the event was moved to the 18th green of the Pebble Beach Golf Links, between the Lodge at Pebble Beach and the Pacific Ocean, overlooking Carmel Bay. Through the years the event kept on growing.
The 2006 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance:
The 2006 event had 175 cars lined up at the 18th green and hole of Pebble Beach Golf Links with 25 judged classes, with cars brought to Pebble Beach from 27 states and 13 countries (including the U.S.). 24 of the 175 cars in the field came from outside the U.S, representing Italy, England, France, Switzerland, Australia, Hong Kong, Germany, Mexico, Czech Republic, Netherlands and the Philippines. The total estimated cost of the vehicles spread across the 18th fairway at the 200 event was $ 200 million. From 227 cars in 2005, the 2006 event had a field reduced to 175 cars. Organizers said the change was made to allow more time to judge each car.
Shown Concept cars:
This years edition will take place August 19th. This edition features the marques of Aston Marin, and Auburn, Cord, Duesenberg and celebrates the 75th anniversary of the iconic 1932 Ford. A special class called the ’10-plus Club’ focuses on cars involved in the early push to power, cars with engines displacing 10 liters or more.
The Day’s Schedule:
– 8 a.m. : Field opens to entrants
– 9 a.m. : Judging commences
– 10.30 a.m. : Field opens to spectators
– 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. : Awards presentation
The awards are given in 24 classes:
A) Antique through 1915
B) Vintage 1916 – 1924
C1) American Classic Open 1925 – 1941
C2) American Classic Closed 1925 – 1941
E) Auburn & Cord
G) Duesenberg J and SJ
H) Rolls-Royce Prewar
J1) European Classic Open 1925 – 1931
J2) European Classic Open 1932 – 1939
J3) European Classic Closed 1925 – 1939
K) Prewar Sports and Racing
L1) Prewar Preservation
L2) Postwar Preservation through 1967
M1) Ferrari Grand Touring
M2) Ferrari Competition
N1) Aston Martin Historical Display
N2) Aston Martin Postwar Race Cars
N3) Aston Martin Postwar Road Cars
N4) Aston Martin Postwar Coachbuilt Cars
O) Postwar Custom Coachwork Sports
P) Historic Hot Rods: 1932 Ford 75th Anniversary
R) The 10+ Club: Cars with Engines displacing 10 or more liters
S) Postwar Sports and Racing
T) Brooklands Race Cars
All the winners of each class in 2006 can be found here.
Today (August 17th) there’s another car show, the Concorso Italiano:
It takes place at Bayonet Black Horse Golf Course – Montery Bay – California. From 9.30 a.m. onwards to 5.00 p.m.
This years edition features:
– Celebrating 60 Years of Ferrari
– The 50th Anniversary of the Ferrari 250GT Cabriolet and California Spyder
– The Beautiful and Much Loved Siata 8V / Fiat 8V
– Lamborghini Countach Reunion for the Upcoming 35th Anniversary
– The 50th Anniversary of the Maserati 3500 GT
– Honoring Italian Designer, Ugo Zagato (1890 – 1968)
This will be a fantastic day for all the car fans in California. These are some pictures of the 2006 edition:
For the full gallery click here.
Next to these two events there were a couple others interesting events the past week:
Carmel By The Sea Concours – August 14 Motor Club Events, Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours on the Avenue, Carmel-by-the-Sea Ocean Avenue Motorclub.
Ferrari Historic Challenge (Laguna Seca) – August 16-17 Ferrari North America – Ferrari Challenge.
Monterey Historic Auto Races – August 16-19 The Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races.
The Quail – August 17 the quail.