From Phaeton to Isotta Fraschini Tipo, from Voisin C25 Aerodyne to Duesenberg J. Murphy Coupes, the grand dame autos of yesteryear will soon emerge to take part in the world’s premier auto show: the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance. Collectors and car enthusiasts traverse the globe annually for this pinnacle celebration of automotive artistry past and present, now in its 67th year.
Nowhere in the world can one see such an exquisitely curated vintage collection as the Concours D’Elegance. A host of events will take place from August 15-20, leading up to the ultimate contest on August 20 at Pebble Beach Hole 18: the most revered, finishing hole in golf. And there is no competition fiercer – though it’s not about speed, it’s about excellence. Historical accuracy, technical merit, and style are the guiding principles by which each entrant is judged. Marques and special classes for this year’s competition include Isotta Fraschini, Castagna Coachwork, American Dream Cars of the 1960s, Ferrari Major Race Winners and Ferrari One-off Spéciales.
Not to be missed is the Tour D’Elegance on August 17. It began as a small social event in the days before one of the world’s finest golf courses was built. All would turn out in their finery for a road race through the cypress and pine forests of Pebble Beach. Today’s Tour D’Elegance is no longer a race but instead a celebration of beauty in motion. The course traces portions of 17-Mile Drive, climbs mountains and valleys and includes a leisurely and highly civilized stop off in the charming Carmel-by-the-Sea.
If a 1951 Bugatti Type 51 Class A Racer is on that special someone’s list, head to Carmel for Bonham’s Quail Lodge Auction of the world’s finest and most exclusive collector cars. Bid on blue chip, best-in-class sport or racing cars at RM Sotheby’s historic Monterey auction. Pick up a 1916 Pierce-Arrow Model 66 7-passenger Touring vehicle and off you go…
And if that isn’t enough to keep you busy, also happening simultaneously is the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, a summit of 550 pre- and post-war race and sports cars representing the top of their class in races on both August 18 and 19.
By Land Or By Air…
You could choose to take part in the ultimate road trip: The Pebble Beach Motoring Classic – 1,500 miles of winding coastal and mountain roads through the Pacific Northwest from Seattle to Pebble Beach. Or you could spare your vintage vehicle the wear and tear and hop a jet. Fly with Victor to Monterey Peninsula (MRY).
Where To Stay:
Sweeping ocean views and a birds-eye perspective of one of the world’s finest golf courses set the stage at the famed The Lodge at Pebble Beach. For nearly 100 years this storied property has been the accommodation of choice for the jet set and atop the leader board of finest hotels and golf properties in the nation. And don’t miss the opportunity to take to the links while here. Ranked number 1 of America’s greatest public golf courses by Golf Magazine, Pebble Beach inspired Jack Nicklaus to say: “If I had only one more round to play, I would choose to play it at Pebble Beach.”
Where To Eat:
Rent a vintage coach and cruise Big Sur to the Post Ranch Inn’s Sierra Mar. Cliffside dining with spectacular views of the dramatic coastline are worthy enough of this pilgrimage. Add to that the inventive cuisine and Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning cellar. Opt for the five-course tasting menu and let the world fade away.
Get back to basics at Clint Eastwood’s Mission Ranch Restaurant. The former Mayor of Carmel-by-the-Sea and acclaimed film auteur has crafted a dream property serving classic American cuisine in a gorgeous setting perched above a meadow filled with grazing sheep, with views of the Santa Lucia mountains and the crashing waves of Point Lobos.
What to read En route:
The Great Gatsby, again, of course. Thank you, F. Scott Fitzgerald.
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