The greatest and most prestigious classic car show in the World, Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance started in 1950. The event provides a fantastic finale for the Monterey Car Week held in Pebble Beach, California during August. It’s possible to enter pre-war and post war automotive cars with them being placed into relevant class categories that usually incorporate vehicle manufacturer, country of origin, type and era when the car was built. The Concours D’Elegance (competition of elegance) usually attracts over 15,000 visitors with the Judges selecting the ‘Best of Show’ classic car they also honour individuals who have made special contributions to the automotive industry or motor sports industry.
The start of the Concours D’Elegance in Pebble Beach
During 1950 in conjunction with the Pebble Beach road race the very first Concours D’Elegance
event was launched. With automotive racing legend Phil Hill winning the road race driving a Jaguar XK120 car, he would later become to the World Champion. During the incredibly successful launch event classic car owners entered their vehicles into three class types: pre-war, post war and MGs. With the Concours D’Elegance soon becoming a marque event on the classic car calendar the show was moved from the Beach Club to the originally called Del Monte Lodge that later became The Lodge at Pebble Beach. Due to increased interest in the Concours D’Elegance across the United States of America and abroad with classic car collectors and enthusiasts, further classes are soon added including cost and type to meet the demand. During the following year the classic cars entered into the Concours D’Elegance event exceeded 100 vehicle exhibits for the first time in the shows brief history. In 1956 the pebble beach road race and the Concours D’Elegance are held together for the last time with a tragic accident occurring when Ernie McAfee losing control of his Ferrari 121LM Scaglietti Spyder resulting in his unfortunate death.
The Concours D’Elegance classic car show during Monterey Car Week
At the 1985 Concours D’Elegance event the six Bugatti Royales are reunited for the first time again at Pebble Beach. A truly marvellous spectacle for any classic car enthusiast it also confirms that the show is still the most distinguished event globally. During the 1986 show Mercedes-Benz received recognition during their centennial year, with the legendary British racing driver Stirling Moss driving a replica of Carl Benz’s original motor wagon. With classic cars becoming highly collectable in recent years and rivalling the established lucrative art world, Christies the renowned famous auction house joined the Concours D’Elegance roster in 1990. Classic car enthusiasts and collectors attending the 2000 Golden anniversary celebrating the Concours D’Elegance event could see a selection of previous show winners and road race marque cars on display. At the 2001 event special attention was paid to car preservation with a 1919 Locomobile Sportif claiming the winning prize. If you are looking to start a classic car restoration project or simply preserve a classic sports car or rare automobile for many years to come. We can recommend DINITROL OEM (original equipment manufacturer) approved rustproofing treatment and rust prevention coating products available for purchase on this site. With a reputation of being the most elite classic car show in the world. It was good to see an automotive brand with the greatest racing pedigree in the world, Ferrari managing to win the Concours D’Elegance in 2014 with a post-war 1954 Ferrari Scaglietti 375MM taking 1st place.
Concours D’Elegance classic car show supporting charity
The Concours D’Elegance is still considered the greatest event on the global classic car event circuit with the charitable event raising over $20 million dollars for good charity causes.
Entering a car into the Concours D’Elegance
Also if you are looking to enter a car into this exclusive classic car event you must be aware that many entrants wait many years to be selected to preview their vehicle. Once a car is submitted into the Concours D’Elegance at Pebble Beach, California it can’t be re-entered for 10 years. With many classic car owners spending hundreds of dollars restoring some of the worlds rarest automobiles, being successfully accepted to display your car can be expensive. If you would like to exhibit a classic car you’ll need a vehicle with incredible provenance or a glorious racing history.
A ticket for the event on Sunday 20th August 2017 will cost $375 with a Commemorative program included. The Concours D’Elegance classic car show held at Pebble Beach, California was recently featured on the Channel 4 show ‘The world’s most expensive cars’ hosted by UK car restoration specialist Ant Anstead who also presented the ‘For the Love of Cars’ with TV actor Philip Glenister.
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