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Pebble Beach, 18th of August

The Monterey Car Week is history! Today the long and action packed week with countless events ranging from racing at Laguna Seca, no less than 5 auctions, parties to concours found an end with the much awaited highlight, the prestigious Pebble Beach Concours d´Elegance. Started more than 60 years ago the Concours attracted more and more events over the years but is still the main event of the week.

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Again almost 250 cars entered in the concours plus many cars on exhibition only (like the Alfa Romeo 8C armada that will start its tour on Monday) were set up early in the morning at the 18th green of the renowned golf course. They were awaited by countless early visitors who arrived at the Pebble Beach Lodge well before sunrise to welcome the first entrants on the field at 6 am. During the next hours the cars are set up on their well planned spot sorted by class and guided by the countless volunteers in the golf carts. After one week of sunshine (what is rare for this time of the year in the Monterey Bay area) today the weather was as expected by the experienced concours visitors with fog in the morning and sparingly sunshine over the day. It was also easy to see that the field filled earlier with visitors than the years before as it seemed already packed at 7 am when it was not even open to the public.

No less than 31 classes represented the last century of automotive innovations, design and elegance. Some classes are the more regular ones that one knows from other events but also special classes that change from year to year. As in several other events this year Aston Martin celebrated their centenary and Lamborghini their 50th Year with a class of its own.

The Aston Martin class included the first and the last built DB3S with chassis number 1 as a factory race car and chassis number 120 in coupé specification as the last customer car. In addition to the DB3S also a rare DBR2 and a DB2/4 with Bertone coachwork was seen plus an Ulster Le Mans team car brought over by Nick Mason.

Featured coachbuilder this year was VanVooren with a line-up of several Hispano-Suiza who were some of the favourites for the Best of Show. In addition more than 2 dozen Alfa Romeo 8C were lined up at the end of the 18th hole before leaving to their tour through the Rocky Mountains the next day.

At the end of a long day the judges awarded the Packard 1108 Twelve Best of Show, the same car that already won the Concours in St. John the year before. After the very successful auctions the days before this award given to a car restored by the restoration department of RM rounded up a memorable weekend for the Canadian company giving Joseph and Margie Cassini their second victory after 2004.

The final curtain of the Monterey Car Week fell with the concluding sale of Gooding&Company near the lodge. The sale proved once more that top quality cars are best sold during the Monterey events as not just the Bugatti T57 SC Atalante went for about 8 Million Dollar hammer price but also the second highlight of the evening, the Ferrari 250 GT Competizione at 6.5 Million.
For today we have our final preview gallery of the day with more detailed galleries for all the events on the Monterey Peninsula following the next days.

Report & images … Peter Singhof www.ClassicCarPhotography.de