Last week (end) in the already wealthy domain of monterey county, a flurry of riches came barreling down the road. If you have never witnessed the parade of wonders known as the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, I highly suggest you plan for it next year. Now in its 64th year, the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance is truly a playground for the upper echelon of society. With over 200 cars (all of which are at least worth $1 million) gracing the fairway of the celebrated Pebble Beach Golf Course all vying for that elusive Best in Show designation, the Concours is an excellent display of passion and admiration for a time once lost.
At a price over $300 for a ticket to the event and over 20,000 people in attendance, along with various raffles and auctions, the organizers of the event were able to raise over $1.6 million dollars for charity. Although the event is a charity fundraiser, people don't come to be philanthropic, they come to see the cars. They come to lay eyes on a beautifully restored his and hers 1934 Hispano-Suiza K6 Coupé Chauffeur and J12 Coupé de Ville, or a gorgeous 1936 Tatra T77 Aerodynamic Limousine. Most people have no idea what those cars look like, but when they see them in person, it takes them back to a simpler time. A time when a car wasn't something that we took for granted, and a handful of builders would spend thousands of hours perfectly crafting a ride that would garner admiration and jealously at the same time.
Although the Concours d'Elegance is set to honor those fine automobiles from the past such as the Best in Show winning 1954 Ferrari 375 MM Scaglietti Coupe, the Concours has always had its finger on the pulse of what is new and exciting. With over 20 vehicles making their marks on the "concept lawn" spectators and future buyers alike were able to glimpse into the future and in some cases put in requests for pre-orders. Vehicles like the 2016 McLaren P1™ GTR Design Concept and the long awaited Midual Type 1 motorcycle (which will retail for a hefty price of around $187,000) made their Global Debuts at the Concours, along with a handful of cars making their North American Debut as well.