Sunday the 18th, Pebble Beach had its concours d'Elegance on the 18th fairway of the golf links. A lifetime tradition for most attendees but with a hefty price tag.
Judges can be seen feeling chrome for rust, opening doors and hoods, fiddling with levers and listening to the engine. All cars must start. One was being push started over the awards platform but since some use a crank or like the White, steam, it is surprising to see them all run.
The idea is to have a car exactly like it was when it rolled out of the factory. It is more impressive when the car is rare, or old, or has history but the judges are objective about those things and only care about the condition of the car. There were some unrestored cars but one judge said "that's fine" and said there are some cars that are better left as a piece of history.
The first Lamborghini ever sold was at the show on Sunday. The 1964 350 GT (picture in slideshow) is actually the 5th car made, driven by Ferruccio Lamborghini himself. The 1963 Lamborghini which was the prototype for this car was on the concept lawn.
Special classes are made every year. This year is the anniversary of Aston Martin, the Porsche 911 and BMW 507 so they each got a class. Custom coachwork was being celebrated as well with a class for Lincoln custom coachwork and Vanvooren coachwork. Simplex, Lamborghini, Duesenberg and Ferrari had a section and French motorcycles got a spot too on the concours lawn.
Comedian Jay Leno with racer Jackie Stewart presented the raffle prizes and awards. Best of Show went to a 1934 Packard 12 Dietrich convertible.