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The Concours d’Elegance has come a long way since its 17th century roots, where the rich would parade horse-drawn carriages through the parks of Paris. Today, there are prestigious Concours events held across the globe, although the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is widely considered to be the crown jewel of the Concours circuit.

HISTORY

The first Pebble Beach Concours was held in 1950 in conjunction with the inaugural Pebble Beach Road Race, with a small selection of cars exhibited across just three classes: prewar, postwar and MGs. By 1953 the number of entries grew to over 100 and two years later, the first classic car, a 1931 Pierce-Arrow 41 LeBaron won Best of Show. It was at this time that the show shifted its focus to vintage cars rather than the new cars that had previously taken top honors at the event.

The Pebble Beach Road Race came to an end in 1956 after a fatal accident. Ernie McAfee crashed his 1955 Ferarri 121LM Scaglietti Spyder during the race, fatally hitting a tree. The race moved to Laguna Seca and for some time it was held concurrently with the Concours, but eventually became a separate event.

In 1958, new class categories were introduced to differentiate classics from antiques and vintage cars, and the Rolls-Royce marque became an ongoing class at the event. Two years later the event was canceled due to weather, but resumed the following year in 1961, which was also the first time donations for attendance were requested, with the funds benefiting the Monterey Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary. The event continued to grow in popularity into the 1970s. More classes were added and Honorary Judges were established. In 1975, the event celebrated its 25th anniversary.

The 1980’s hailed the introduction of the American Dream car, while the 90’s saw the addition of the current concept car exhibition. The Christie’s auction joined the roster of events, more special classes were added and the first Tour d’Elegance was held.

In 2000, the Pebble Beach event celebrated its golden anniversary with an exhibit of previous Best of Show winners. The following year, the first class dedicated to preservation cars was introduced and in 2005, the first Motoring Classic from Seattle to Pebble Beach took place.

Today, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance draws automobile enthusiasts from across the globe with more than 200 cars competing across 27 classes in addition to select marque and special classes. There are a number of events included in the Concours, from the tour to auctions and special exhibitions – read more about all of the events below.

2017 EVENTS

Pebble Beach Motoring Classic

Monday, August 8 – Wednesday, August 16

According to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance website, the Motoring Classic is “the ultimate road trip for enthusiasts with automobiles that have more than a dash of elegance”. It begins near Seattle, Washington, with participants driving approximately 1,500 miles along the coast to arrive at The Lodge at Pebble Beach.

Pebble Beach Auctions

Wednesday, August 16 – Saturday, August 19, 2017

Viewing days are held Wednesday, August 16 – Saturday, August 19 with auctions held at 6pm Friday, August 18 and 11am Saturday, August 19.

Pebble Beach Classic Car Forum

Thursday, August 17 – Saturday, August 19

The 2017 forum includes the following panel conversations:

  • American Dream Designers of the ’60s
  • The Future of Cars from Antique to Autonomous
  • The history of La Carrera Panamericana.

There will also be sessions hosted by Jay Leno and other celebrities such as “Hot Rod Legends”, “One-on-One With Jacky Ickx” and a car chat with Jerry Seinfeld.

Pebble Beach Retroauto

Thursday, August 17 – Saturday, August 19
The Retroauto features rare memorabilia and collectibles from the automotive industry, in addition to showcasing today’s luxury goods and technology. This is free to the general public.

Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance

Thursday, August 17

The traditional parade for the 2017 Concours entries, beginning and concluding at Pebble Beach.

2017 Automotive Fine Arts Society (AFAS) Exhibition Details

Sunday, August 20

Automobile artists display their work next to the show field.

2917 Concours d’Elegance

Sunday, August 20
Judging commences at 8.30am with the field open to spectators at 10.30am. Awards are presented 1:30 – 5:30pm.

For details about the classes and special marks:

http://www.pebblebeachconcours.net/entrants/classes-features.html

Learn more about the concept cars and new car debuts at this year’s Concours:

http://www.pebblebeachconcours.net/gallery/concept-cars.html

2017 events calendar:

http://www.pebblebeachconcours.net/visitor-guide/event-calendar.html 

2017 JUDGES

Chief Judge: Chris Bock

Chief Honorary Judge: Glenn Mounger

Chairman Emeritus: Jules Heumann

The Concours is a competition of elegance. Entries are judged not by how fast they can go, but rather by their authenticity and style. At the Pebble Beach Concours there are two types of judges: Class Judges who assess originality and authenticity, and Honorary Judges who focus on styling and design.

Best of Show is the event’s top award, but only those cars that win their class are eligible to compete for top honors. These First in Class winners are judged by the Chairman, Chief Judge, Chief Honorary Judge, Chief Class Judges, select Class Judges and each Honorary Judge team, with each judge selecting his or her choice for Best of Show. The automobile with the most votes wins.

Read more about the judging process and this year’s judges:

http://www.pebblebeachconcours.net/entrants/judging.html