Every year in late August, hundreds of classic automobiles gather on the 18th fairway at Pebble Beach for the Annual Concours d’ Elegance. By invitation only, 200 cars from all over the world are flown, trucked, and driven here to be showcased, and compete in their class for accolades and prestigious awards.
It’s the culmination of Car Week on the Monterey Peninsula—Sunday- a day with the classics- after a huge series of events that brings together enthusiasts of every kind, and every aspect…the “passionistas”!
Tens of thousands of incredible cars roll into town, and the mood is always exciting for the entire week on the Monterey Peninsula.
A wild diversity in their particular passions leads to gatherings that are worlds apart here, when they collect on the Peninsula to compete.
There’s the hot, dusty world of the racing crowd, hanging close to the action at Laguna Seca, pitting multi-million dollar vehicles against each other on a winding track, wiping goggles, changing tires, working the pit crew, in race after race for 3 days running. The “Historics”, as they’re called, pull in huge crowds who love to watch the action-packed,
5 star chrome- based whirlwind drama.
An alternate world is alive and thriving at the auctions- of which there are many world-class companies participating. Late into the evenings, paddles go up and bids easily jump in $10,000 increments.
In this world of the Concours, the most elegantly appointed examples of ‘art on wheels’ are buffed and polished to a high shine and line the fairway in rows and rows, rolling up to the 18th green, where, with the ocean in distance, the judging stand spreads across the lawn outside the lodge- barely big enough to contain the confetti that will rain on the winners.
There is more “buff and polish” here, in a sumptuous setting, with Carmel Bay and Point Lobos serving as a stunning backdrop for these rare beauties.
Each year, special classes of cars are formed by the Concour Judging Committee and the 11 classes for 2016 included the Delahayes, Bizzarrinis, Lamborghini Muras, and the Ford GT40 Victory at LeMans, 50th anniversary.
A fabulous display of cars, and hats, and hood ornaments, ostrich leather interiors, crystal lamps and matching luggage, all these lovely details that add up to an extraordinary showcase!
With a substantial portion of proceeds benefiting local charities, it’s a win- win for everyone.
And this year’s Best of Show, the 1936 Lancia Astura Pinn Farina.
Congratulations to Mr. Richard Mattei!!