Tuesday - Sep 26, 2017

All roads lead to this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

All roads lead to this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

The exotic Pebble Beach in California witnessed more than his usual slice of glamour this weekend when it hosted the annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2014 on Sunday, August 17th on the Pebble Beach Golf Links.

More than 250 of the world’s most luxurious autos were strategically parked around the 17th and 18th holes of the famous golf course, marking the 64th annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

The tradition of Concours d’Elegance dates back as far as the 17th Century when French aristocracy, would gather to parade horse-drawn carriages in the parks of Paris, during Summer weekends and holidays. As well as the concourse d’Elegance in Pebble Beach, California, similar events are held during the year in such exclusive venues as Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, on the shores of Lake Como, Italy, Meadow Brook in Rochester Hills, Michigan, in Amelia Island, Florida Concours and in midtown Manhattan, home of the Louis Vuitton Classic.

This year’s event in California saw some of the most prized collector cars and motorcycles in the world roll, among them brand new car reveals from Aston Martin, Lamborghini, McLaren, Bugatti, Jaguar amongst many others

Particularly outstanding amongst the new car reveals was McLaren’s P1 GTR, which the company hypes as its ultimate version of the P1 hypercar series. The P1 GTR is scheduled to go on sale in around a year’s time with a tight pricetag of around $3 million.

Lovers of Italian style will certainly have been drawn to Lamborghini’s stand where they had taken the wraps off their LP 620-2 Super Trofeo, based around their Huracán-based racer fitted with a 5.2-litre V10 engine capable of creating 611 brake horsepower, although weighing in at 250kg less than the standard Huracán.

Apart from the new cars, the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance provided visitors with a choice of 27 classes, including feature and special classes amongst them Ruxton, Antique Steam Cars, Fernandez et Darrin Coachwork, Tatra, postwar Rolls-Royce Phantoms and Eastern European Motorcycles.

Another breathtaking event was a display of no less than 20 great read Ferrari Testa Rossas who stopped off at Pebble Beach on their way to the special exhibition at Santa Barbara.

The super prestigious “Best of Show” award at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2014 went to a 1954 Ferrari 375 MM Scaglietti Coupe owned by Jon Shirley of Medina, Washington, making for first car produced after the end of World War II to win the award since 1968.

More than 700 cars applied for entrance to the Concours d’Elegance, although only around 200 were granted admittance to take part in the competition event.

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