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Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance August 21, 2016

Report by Cam Hutchins naacc.ca webmaster and NAACC Photographer

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Sunday, August 20 2017 Concours d' Elegance

 

Dawn Field opens to entrants

8:30 a.m. Judging Commences

10:30 a.m. Field open to spectators

1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Awards are presented

Location: The Lodge at Pebble Beach

 

Once each year in August, 200 of the most prized collector cars in the world roll onto what is often called the best finishing hole in golf—the famed 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links. Tire meets turf and transformation occurs: the stage is set for one of the most competitive events in the automotive world.

 

Originally a small social event paired with a road race through the pine and cypress forests of Pebble Beach, the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance has grown into the top-ranking collector car competition in the world.

 

The Concours is not a contest of speed, but of elegance. Automobiles and motorcycles are judged for their historical accuracy, their technical merit and their style—and the best garner reward and recognition.

 

The 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance features will include the following marques and special classes among others:

    Isotta Fraschini

    Castagna Coachwork

    Lincoln Centennial

    American Dream Cars of the 1960s

 

The 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance features will include the following marques and special classes among others:

    Significant Cars of India

 

 

 

 Special Report on

The 66th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance August 21, 2016


The 66th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance  featured the following marques and special classes:

 

• Delahaye

• Chapron Coachwork

• 100 Years of BMW

• 50th Anniversary of Ford GT40 Victory at Le Mans

• Bizzarrini

• Two-Man Indianapolis Race Cars 1930-1937

• BMW Motorcycles
Click here for the list of Concept Cars on display in 2016

 

 

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance August 21, 2016

Report by Cam Hutchins naacc.ca webmaster and NAACC Photographer

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The 66th Annual Pebble Beach Concours d Elegance was held on August 21st 2016. I arrived early enough to get a great spot to shoot the cars as they enter the field. The ocean in the background and the nice even light was great. Especially impressive was the cars were clean and not covered with ash like every other car on the peninsula.

 

 

 

Once I entered the field, I was astounded by the row of Ford GT40's on display at the primo spot of the show....along the Ocean. I had not seen the GT 40's on the Tour D Elegance as the route was cut short and kept on the back roads of Carmel and Monterey. The normal route South of Carmel along the ocean was replaced so the Tour d Elegance would not interfere with the Forest fire fighting efforts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also got to see my fair share of Celebrities and right away Jay Leno walked past and I got to meet and speak with Bruce Meyers and get a shot of him with his Bizzarinni. BMW, Two-Man Indianapolis Race Cars, Bizzarrini, Delahaye, Parisian Coachbuilder Henri Chapron as well as the Lamborghini Muira's 50th anniversary added to the list of great cars...albeit in the shadows of the Ford GT40's commemorating their 50th anniversary of their domination at LeMans.

 

 

228 cars and motorcycles from more than 16 countries around the globe and three cars from Canada were on hand to please the massive crowds that surged forth at 10:30 when the general admission tickets were allowed entry.

 

The judging is done by some of the best qualified experts of each class and once a car has won it's class, it is eligible to compete for best of show. Once owned by Eric Claptons, the 1936 Lancia Asturia Pinin Farina Cabriolet now owned by Richard Mattei of Arizona won Best of Show.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of the other cars nominated for Best of show one almost did not make it onto the field. As the car entered the show it stopped to be given it's "gift" and after shutting off the car to speak with the presenter the car failed to start. We joked that the driver was just making sure all the early morning Dawn Patrol photographers were getting the time to take the perfect photo of the 1938 Delahaye 165 Figoni et Falaschi Cabriolet owned by the Robert M. Lee Automobile Collection.

 

 

 

 

 

Special Report by Rob McLeese
Assistant Director of Media Relations (Eastern Correspondent)  and the Chairman of the Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance honours Henri Chapron

 

One of the fine aspects of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is that each year there are special honourees. Each year the honourees may be race car drivers, automotive designers or car collectors, some are well known, some not so famous. At the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours, the honouree this year was Henri Chapron, a famous French coachbuilder otherwise known as a carrossier.
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