There truly isn’t another car show in the world quite like the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Held on the stunning greens of Pebble Beach Golf Links in Monterey, California, against the spectacular backdrop of the Pacific Ocean, there is simply no better place for the world’s most prestigious car show.
Brief History of the Concours d’Elegance
Concours d’Elegance means ‘a competition of elegance’. The exhibition began in 17th century France with the Paris aristocracy who would parade their horse-drawn carriages through the city parks during the summer. With the invention of the automobile, the event evolved into a celebration of the beauty and power of the modern car and expanded to other parts of Europe and eventually wider still.
Today, the Concours d’Elegance is one of the world’s most renowned car exhibitions with events held annually across the globe in locations such as Paris, Shanghai, London, Amelia Island, Mumbai and Nairobi, to name just a few. The invitation-only events feature only the rarest, mint-condition cars, and of the numerous held across the United States, and indeed the world, Pebble Beach is the most illustrious.
Put it this way: if the Concours d’Elegance is the royalty of the car show world, then the Pebble Beach Concours is the crown jewel.
The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance began in 1950 as a complement to the Pebble Beach Road Race. Although it initially followed the style of the European Concours events during its early years, the Pebble Beach Concours shifted its focus to collector cars in 1955, a change that other concours events also went on to make. The Pebble Beach Concours has been held every year since with the exception of 1960, when it was cancelled due to scheduling conflicts.
Approximately 200 of the rarest automobiles assemble at the 18th fairway of the Pebble Beach Golf Links to compete every year in this pre-eminent event. The competition is of course not a race, but a contest of elegance, with entries judged on their condition, originality, historical accuracy, and of course, style.
Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2018
This year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance event will take place over six days from August 21 – 26. The judging will be held on the final day of the gala event, with hundreds of cars competing for first class in twenty different categories.
The 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will also feature the following special classes and marques:
- Motor Cars of the Raj
- Postwar Custom Citroën
- Rollston Coachwork
- Sporting Vintage
The festivities kick off on Tuesday, August 21 with The Carmel-by-the-Sea Concours on the Avenue and the Classic Motorsports Monterey Cruise-In, and the auctions, car shows, displays and debuts begin the following day. The popular Tour d’Elegance takes place on Thursday, along with the fantastic Pebble Beach RetroAuto and various forums. The events and auctions continue on Friday and Saturday in the lead up to the grand finale: the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on Sunday.
Concours Sunday on August 26 begins at dawn when the field opens to the entrants, with judging officially starting at 8.30am. Spectators may join at 10.30am, giving enthusiasts plenty of time to view the incredible array of classic vehicles before the awards ceremony kicks off at 1:30pm.
David Disiere’s 2018 Concours d’Elegance Entry
This year, David’s entry will be an immaculate 1937 Delahaye 135M Convertible. This particular Delahaye is a beautiful example of coachwork by Henri Chapron built on the Competition chassis, which has been restored to perfection. It will be entered in the J European Classic Coupe Class.
First created in 1934, the Type 135 is one of the most renowned and sought after automobiles by Delahaye. Designed by Jean Francois and produced from 1935 – 1954 in many types of body styles, the glamourous sporting tourer was a very popular racing car and the darling of the rich and famous.
Chapron wasn’t the only leading French coachbuilder of the time to partner with Delahaye on the 135. Other famous outfitters included Franay, Saoutchik, Letourner & Marchand and Guilloré.
The details of the 1937 Delahaye 135M Convertible being presented by David Disiere at this year’s event are as follows:
- 1937 Delahaye 135M Competition Convertible Coupe
- Coachwork by Henri Chapron
- 3,557cc OHV Straight 6-Cylinder Engine
- Triple Downdraft Solex Carburetors
- 95bhp at 3,800rpm
- 4-Speed Manual Transmission
- Transverse Semi-Elliptic Leaf Spring Front and Live Axle with Semi-Elliptic Leaf Spring Rear Suspension
- 4-Wheel Mechanical Drum Brakes