Out of 700 applicants only few met a selection at the Concours d ‘ Elegance at Pebble Beach 2016. Only the finest of fine are annually admitted to the automotive Concours d ‘ Elegance in Monterey/ California, on the West coast of America. Around 230 automotive treasures were finally in the competition of 2016. The finely manicured meadows between the 17th and 18th hole of the famous golf course on which the event takes place, are released for the exhibition of the unique cars.
Proud collectors from 16 countries brought their vehicles to Monterey this year. Only when a vehicle reaches its class victory, it can be a winner at Pebble Beach. For this the classes judges are in charge in checking the cars for originality and authecity, lead by Head of the jury Sandra Button. The honorary judges concentrate on elegance, style and design.
The highlights of this year’s Concours were certainly the 17 Ford GT40, reminding at the glory of the 1-2-3 victory from 1966 at Le Mans. They offered an extraordinary image on the green of the golf course in front of the Ocean. A view, you´ll not see again at any event.
Also pure racing genes had the lined-up Lamborghini Miuras and 16 Bizzarini vehicles, including real rarities such as for example the small Macchinetta on the base of a Fiat Topolino. BMW celebrated the 100th anniversary of the brand and presented some extraordinary vehicles, including the restored BMW 507 from the former estate of Elvis Presley. Some selected vehicles of Delahaye and the French coachbuilder Chapron presented French elegance. A very special rare field also showed some two-seater Indianapolis race cars from 1930 to 1937.
Many years ago the organizers faced the stating that the exhibited vehicles were trailer Queens, fine vintage cars not being driven and only moved on the trailer. The organisation would not let this lying down and created what is now “the tour” is called and leads along the spectacular California coast: a ride for the participants of the Concours d’Elegance. “The tour” – also called the “Pebble Beach tour d’Elegance” and presented by Rolex – leading not only along the coast and through the 17-mile drive, but also to the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. A brief stop for a lunch break is held in the small town Carmel, before continuing on Highway 1.
Exciting days on the golf course from Pebble Beach – without even having seen a golf ball – the big moment came for Richard Mattei. He wrote Pebble Beach history with his Lancia Asturia Pinin Farina cabriolet from 1936. The sporty vehicle, that had once belonged to the Beatles guitarist Eric Clapton, was awarded the title “Best of Show”. The vehicle was originally built at Pininfarina for a Lancia dealer. It has been restored twice, with the last restoration taking nearly five years. The Lancia Asturia Pininfarina cabriolet could contend before the shapely 1938 Delahaye 165 convertible with a Figoni et Falaschi coachwork, which could occupy the second place. In third place came the DV-32 Santos LeBaron convertible Victoria from 1931