Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
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Postcard  from Monterey 6

The jewel in the crown of the whole Monterey events schedule is the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, which wraps up the activities on the final Sunday. Here 175 stunning pieces of machinery gathered on the 18th tee right beside the Pacific Ocean to be put under the scrutiny of panels of international judges with experience in the various classes. For me it was the third judging assignment of the week after the Concours on the Avenue and Concorso Italiano, and would certainly be the most difficult with eight cars in class M2, for Ferrari Competition Cars. Preparation standards at Pebble Beach are extremely high.

As soon as I and my fellow judges walked the line of cars in our class, we knew we were in for a hard morning’s work, as a number had been prepared by the top restoration shops in the USA, who all know the game to the nth degree! As expected the standards were extremely high, but fortunately we didn’t end up with any points ties, and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd fell into place only half a point apart, which was enough to make it clear cut, the class victory going to the 166 MM Barcetta, # 006 M, of Brian Ross. The Ferrari Road  Car class was won by the 250 GT S1 PF Cabriolet of Peter Kalikow, which also took the Enzo Ferrari award for the best Ferrari on the field.

Elsewhere featured marques were Aston Martin and Duesenberg, with a formidable array of each manufacturer’s output on display along the shoreline. It was nice that the featured marques were so diverse, pre-war opulence, as opposed to predominantly post war sporting and race cars. It was a Duesenberg that took the coveted “Best of Show” award, although surprisingly it wasn’t one of the elite carriages of the gentry, but a massively long snorting supercharged yellow sporting creation.

Aston Martin displayed at Pebble Beach

1922 Aston Martin „Green Pea“
1923 Aston Martin Side Valve 2-seater s/n 1920
1923 Aston Martin 1.5 Litre Super Sports
1924 Aston Martin Side Valve Tourer s/n 1949
1936 Aston Martin 2 Litre Speed Model s/n K6/706/U
1939 Aston Martin 2 litre Speed Model Monoposto
1949 Aston Martin DB2 s/n LML/49/3
1950 Aston Martin DB2
Aston Martin DB3 s/n DB3/6
1953 Aston Martin DB3S s/n DB3S/4 in Le Mans livre
Aston Martin DB3S/9
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark II Bertone Convertible
1954 Aston Martin DB/4 Allemano Coupe LM/761
1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Bertone Spyder s/n LML/505
Aston Martin Mark III Drophead Coupe
Aston Martin DB 4 GTZ s/n DB4GT/0182/R
Aston Martin DB 4 GT Jet Bertone s/n 0201L
Aston Martin DBR 1
1964 Aston Martin DB7 "James Bond"
1970 Aston Martin DBS V8 #10038/RC later changed to RHAM/1 (Robin Hamilton Aston Martin #1)

2008 Aston Martin DBS

Class N-1 (Aston Martin Historical Display)
1st 1924 Aston Martin Side Valve Tourer - Christopher J. Lendrum, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK
2nd 1936 Aston Martin 2 Litre Type A Speed Model - Angus Graham, Glasgow, Scotland, UK
3rd 1923 Aston Martin Side Valve Open Wheel Race Car - Roger and Priscilla Higgins, Santa Ynez

Class N-2 (Aston Martin Postwar Race Cars)
1st 1956 Aston Martin DB3S - Peter G. Livanos, Cobham, UK
2nd 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Coupé - J. Roberto Quiroz, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
3rd 1953 Aston Martin DB3 - from Huntington Station, New York

Class N-3 (Aston Martin Postwar Road Cars)
1st 1964 Aston Martin DB5 Drop Head Coupé - Peter G. Livanos from Cobham, UK
2nd 1962 Aston Martin DB4 Drop Head Coupé - Scott and Joan Kriens, Sarasota, FL
3rd 1958 Aston Martin DB2/4 Mark III Drop Head Coupé - Larry and Jane Solomon, Woodside

Class N-4 (Aston Martin Postwar Coachbuilt Cars)
1st 1961 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato Berlinetta - Peter Read, Berkeley, CA
2nd 1953 Aston Martin DB2/4 Bertone Cabriolet - Michael Schudroff, Pound Ridge, New York
3rd 1954 Aston Martin DB2/4 Bertone Spyder - Bob and Ellen Cole, Danville

Keith Bluemel

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