While you were busy fixing the roof to your house this past Sunday, the 64th Annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance was going on in this little golf hamlet outside Monterey, California. If you’ve never been, let’s bring some clarity for you to understand the kind of things going on on the green:
- It costs $300 to get in
- The newest car was from the 1960s, but it was a Rolls-Royce and not a GTO
- About 220 cars showed up from around the world
- Most are custom-bodied luxury or sports cars
- Plenty of one-offs
But don't take my newbie words for it - here’s how the Concours folks describe it:
Famed designers have been paired with their creations. Racing greats have been reunited with their steeds. Past and present marques have been featured. And special classes and exhibits have focused on Dream Cars, Microcars and Hot Rods — to name just a few.
Some of the regulars suggested that I participate in the Dawn Patrol, which is the early morning procession of all the vehicles from the road to the golf links. At 5 am I was there eating doughnuts and coffee (thanks, Hagerty!) before the cars rolled onto the green. It’s one thing to see a car at a show, but it’s another thing to hear a Delahaye run, or listen to a driver struggle to keep a Ferrari racer from stalling.
These were the featured automobile classes for 2014:
- Maserati Centennial
- Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa
- Fernandez et Darrin Coachwork
- Early Steam Cars
- Rolls-Royce Phantom Postwar
- Streamlined Tatra
- 1914 French Grand Prix
Best in Show was a 1954 Ferrari 375 MM Scaglietti, which gossip is suggesting is the first post-war car to win a trophy since 1955. Originally a Pinifarina-bodied Spyder bought by director Roberto Rossellini, this one-of-five Ferrari was rebodied by Scaglietti a few years later after it sustained front-end damage. This explains why its design and styling look a bit more like 1958 than 1954.
Check out the photo gallery for photos of this most impressive of events.