More than 205 vintage cars from 15 countries attended the 67th Pebble Beach beauty contest Concours D´Elegance on the Atlantic coast near Monterey. Winner of the „Best of Show“ award, was the 1929 Mercdes Benz S Barker Tourer, which finished the restauration only seven days before in Australia. On the 18th hole of one of the most spectacular golf courses in the world, classic car enthusiasts and collectors from all over the world met from 17-19. August to the „Concours d’Elegance.“ Together with Villa D’Este and Amelia Island, Pebble Beach is at the top of the international classic car beauty competitions Concours d’Elegance. Here pre-war vehicles are still high in course.
The drive out to the region, such as a part on the famous Highway No. 1, is particularly popular among spectators and participants. About 10 years ago, the Tour d’Elegance was staged as an opportunity for showcars, to show, what is in them. The Pebble Beach Committee wanted to aprove the vehicles, which are supposed to drive over the winning ramp, on their their roadworthiness and functionality. The 60 miles are not a real burden for the vehicles, but they are still a proof that they are in good technical order.
„This Mercedes Benz S Barker Tourer is a combination of speed, style and power. These three elements – along with the fantastic torpedo-shaped running boards – are the definition of elegance,“ said Concours chairman Sandra Button, as the Mercedes-Benz S Tourer Barker with a special body on the winner’s ramp. The owner was in a head to head competition with his brother John McGaw, who was also in the final selection with his 1957 Ferrari 315S Scaglietti Spyder. Both car owners were waiting for the announcement of the „Best of Show“. Right next to the 1932 Packard 906 Twin Six Dietrich Convertible Victoria.
A highlight of this year’s Concours D’Elegance in Pebble Beach was the special exhibition on the 70th anniversary of Ferrari. This class was divided into two subclasses. One class for Ferraris with special body works and one with pure racing cars under the title „Ferrari Competition Class“. Both classes featured breathtaking rarities, including three Mille Miglia winners, four Le Mans winners and two 312 Formula One racing cars. The Ferrari 335 S Super Testa Rossa was once delivered to the USA and had completed some successful races then. For the first time in a long time, the vehicle was shown to the public.
Also impressive was the field of the Italian brand Isotta Fraschini. There were around twenty models of the luxury brand, among them Isotta Fraschini vehicles with a Castagna body. Corrado Lopresto, a Milanese collector, had also brought some classic cars of the brand to the west coast of the USA.
A look back to the future opened the class „American Dreamcars od the 60s“, in which futuristic automotive concepts from the 60s were shown. In this class, the 1965 Pontiac Vivant Herb Adams Rodster won, placing the Bosley Mark II Interstate Coupé in second place.