In just days, car enthusiasts all over the planet will be reveling in their version of the happiest place on earth—The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, otherwise known as the grandest celebrations of automobiles in the world. For 60 years and counting, on the third Sunday of August, 200 exquisite collector cars are put on display on the world-famous 18th fairway of the Pebble Beach Golf Links. This year, that Sunday falls on August 18, when people from all over the world will be descending on Pebble Beach to catch a glimpse of 2013’s contenders for Best of Show, First, Second and Third in Class winners and a number of other lesser, yet still extremely coveted, awards.
For those who have heard of the event, but are not wholly familiar with its background, a short lesson on what it takes to be a “Concours Car” might be in order. So here we go! To begin, the car must possess a number of qualities: 1) It must be pristinely preserved or exquisitely restored; 2) it must be drivable; 3) it surely should have some historical value; and 4) it will have a rare quality in its craftsmanship. Last but certainly not least: the car has to be truly elegant in every way. Afterall, the name Concours d’Elegance literally translates to “An Automotive Contest of Elegance.”
To put the description of criteria on a visual platform, the 2012 Best Of Show winner was a magnificent 1928 Mercedes-Benz 680S Saoutchik Torpedo (pictured below) owned by Paul and Judy Andrews of Fort Worth, Texas. The vintage automobile’s incredibly detailed restoration—which included extensive worldwide research for authenticity—earned the car 100 points before going on to win the top title.
This year, the extraordinary marques and special classes competing for these trophies on August 18 will feature Aston Martin Centennial, Lamborghini, Simplex, Lincoln Custom Coachwork, Vanvooren Coachwork, Porsche 911, BMW 507 and French Motorcycles. The complete list of class descriptions ranges from Antique and American Classic (Open and Closed) to Prewar and Postwar Preservations.
Tickets to attend this yearly extravaganza are $225 in advance or $275 on the day of the event. Those looking for the full “elegance” experience can purchase Club d’Elegance tickets, which are priced at $600 each. This exclusive ticket includes a VIP patron badge, VIP parking and shuttle service, a lovely breakfast, gourmet buffet lunch, a signed poster and other Concours-related gifts.
As a guest and fan of Concours d’Elegance, you may also be interested in donating to the Pebble Beach Company Foundation to help a number of worthwhile charities. With the support of judges, entrants, guests and sponsors, Concours has already raised over $16 million for local, national and international charities. Ticket sales to the event itself also benefit several charities, including Animal Friends Rescue Project, Boys & Girls Club of Monterey County, Voices for Children and several other organizations.
If you’re interested in attending this year’s Concours, secure your tickets soon and prepare for an afternoon of elegance like you’ve never seen before.
When: Sunday, August 18, 2013
Where: The Lodge at Pebble Beach
Open to Spectators: 10:30 AM
Awards Presentation: 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM
General Admission Tickets: $225 in Advance/$275 for Day of Show
*(Children under 12 are admitted free when accompanied by a ticketed adult.)
Club d’Elegance Tickets: $600
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