The Art And The Elegance

December 3rd, 2009

2009 Pebble Beach Concours Week

Car enthusiasts descend on the beautiful Monterey peninsula year after year for the world’s premier automotive event, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, held at the Lodge at Pebble Beach. This year marked the 59th gathering, and capped what has become a weeklong paradise in the month of August for car lovers of all kinds. From vintage car racing to a leisurely day walking the Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours on the Avenue to Sunday’s grand Concours, back-to-back activities provided steady entertainment.


Car enthusiasts descend on the beautiful Monterey peninsula year after year for the world’s premier automotive event, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, held at the Lodge at Pebble Beach. This year marked the 59th gathering, and capped what has become a weeklong paradise in the month of August for car lovers of all kinds. From vintage car racing to a leisurely day walking the Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours on the Avenue to Sunday’s grand Concours, back-to-back activities provided steady entertainment.

The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, known for displaying cars of exceptional elegance, beauty and rarity, invited an impressive array of fine automobiles to the show field, and for the first time, a selection of motorcycles. Spectators enjoyed the turnout of over 200 vehicles, including Bentley, this year’s featured marquee, and special class displays, Ferrari 166 MM Touring Burchett, Ferrari TR59 and Packard Vee-Windshield Dietrich. The Concours showcased over 100 years of automotive history, from the 1910 Daimler 57hp Hooper Limousine on the field to the 2011 concept cars on display, and included special tributes to Bugatti, Morgan, Audi and Zagato design. The 1937 Horch 853 Voll & Ruhrbeck Sport Cabriolet, owned by Robert M. Lee of Sparks, Nev., was a stunning stand-out at the Concours and Best of Show award winner, chosen from among the judged class winners. Many Concours entrants participated in the popular Tour d’Elegance, which preceded Concours Sunday with a drive through Carmel Valley and down the picturesque Big Sur coastline. A crowd favorite, the event drew spectators who lined the streets and flocked to downtown Carmel for a close-up view, as the cars paused for a display along Ocean Avenue.

Carmel was also home to a relatively new event held early in the week, the 3rd Annual Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours on the Avenue. This juried show displayed cars not otherwise seen during Concours Week: American and foreign post-War cars, 1940-1973, with Porsche and Ferrari through 1989. With a variety of cars in contention for top honors, an enthusiastic crowd applauded Jon Shirley of Medina, Washington, as he received Best of Show honors for his Ferrari 250 Testarossa.

The 7th Annual Quail, a Motorsports Gathering, offered a daylong program of exclusive automotive activities. This year’s highlights included tributes to the 50th anniversary of the Daytona Speedway, the 30th anniversary of BMW’s “M” division, and the race car driver Hans-Joachim Stuck Jr. Set against the backdrop of the elegant Quail Lodge Resort and Golf Club, the sold-out venue hosted a display of rare sports cars, racing automobiles and motorcycles. Spectators enjoyed a lavish gourmet luncheon on the show field amidst the striking line-up. Vehicle entrants judged the Rolex Circle of Champions awards, with Best of Show honors given to the 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B, owned by Bob Lee. Automobile test-drives and unveilings drew admiring crowds, and the popular Historics to Quail Run featured a rally of well-known sports cars.

Racing enthusiasts found their way to the 36th Rolex Monterey Historic Automobile Races at Laguna Seca for vintage car racing on the legendary Laguna Seca racetrack. The paddock area gave spectators behind-the-scenes access to the cars, both pre- and post-race.

This year brought objects of desire to the auction block. Among the highlights: Gooding & Company’s 1962 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider (sold for $5,115,000); RM Auction’s 1952 Jaguar C-Type, s/n XKC-007 ($2,530,000); and Mecum’s 1965 Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe CSX 2601 ($7,250,000). Too bad we left our checkbook home; maybe next year.


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Jon Shirley took home the Best of Show honors with his Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa.
A rare 1959 Chevrolet Corvette Scaglietti on the Avenue
A Fiat takes its place on the field at the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance.
The crowd admires an award-winning Lotus on the Carmel by the Sea’s Concours on the Avenue.
A 1957 Fiat 600 Multipla displays vintage accoutrements for a day out in mid-century Italy.
A dazzling array of Ferrari’s.
The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Best of Show winner at speed. This beautiful 1937 Horch 853 Voll & Ruhrbeck Sport Cabriolet is shown on the road of the Tour d’Elegance.
The Porsche marquee was well represented as this collection of 356’s can attest.
Spectators mingle among the cars on Ocean Avenue.
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Ready to take its turn at the RM Auctions is this 1946 Mercury Sportsman Convertible, which is part of the Nick Alexander Woodie collection.
At The Quail: A Motorsports Gathering- was the unveiling of the new Lamborghini Gallardo Valentino Balboni LP550-2, which was named for the famed test driver.
Bentley was this years featured marquee at the 2009 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and this 1926 Bentley 3-liter Vanden Plas LeMans Tourer showed was but one of the Bentley’s on hand.


An apt tribute to champion racer Hans Stuck was the display of this 1986 Porsche 962.

A model poses with the perfect fashion accessory, or is the car posing with the perfect automotive accessory?

The new Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Sang Bleu is made with carbon fiber and polished aluminum.

World Driving Champion Sir Sterling Moss was honored on this 80th birthday and his 1954 Mercedes Benz W196R, which he drove at the 1955 Italian Grand Prix, was on hand to add to the festivities.

Only the best make it to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, and this Bugatti Royal is one of the rarest of the rare.

Probably no where else will one see an IMSA GTP car rolling down a tree lined avenue.

It doesn’t take Geddy Lee of Rush to tell us that these are red (Ferrari) Barchettas.

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