CARMEL, CALIF. – Last Sunday, the 69th Pable Beach Concours d & # 39; Elegance was held by the Pacific at Pebble Beach Golf Course. Elegance is a fantastic way to show a show with fantastic cars, and car shows are not much more fantastic than the grand finale of Cartere Week in Monterey. Two hundred old cars – ones with significant history or perhaps significant owners – went out to the 18th green at dawn and arranged to be tried. As with my quail tour, this is a story much better told in photos, so please remember to go through the galleries. Otherwise you might not see a parrot.
The cars were grouped into classes, and the winner of each class was entitled to the best in the show. Some were the product of expensive and intrusive restoration and looked better than they had ever been in the past. Others showed a more sympathetic touch, with several looking beautifully patronized and original. Bentley Centennial classes and Italian design studio Zagato made the grass, which (as usual) was extremely heavy with pre-war cars.
For those looking for something a bit more up-to-date, there was an increasingly misnamed "conceptual lawn". This is supposed to be a place for car makers to show off their latest flights of fantasy, and several of them have gotten in the way. BMW has brought not one but two concepts, one of which has a pretty cool history behind it. Genesis brought a mint that would not look out of place on the 18th green, and Volkswagen showed the ID. Buggy. Other carmakers were so lazy they didn't even call him: a production SUV with a sticker or two is the equivalent of sending a text message to an emoji, Maserati.
Bugatti and Ferraris also look after those who seek modernity. The first was located just outside the main entrance, while the second held its own mini-show on the first green. Ferrari rents a large house next to the first hole and finds a car every year from his past to be displayed. I think the carmaker started the tradition of celebrating its 70th anniversary; all I know for sure is that this is one of the few times I will ever cross paths with the F50 GT.
I have to admit, this year I was not completely calm. I knew it was an old car show, but it was a moving line and Pebble Beach was starting to feel amber. Regular readers will know that I love the work of Zagato, especially the corner, uncompromising cars of the more modern times, and while the hyena from the late 90's is probably too new, is there certainly room for something from the 80's? Maybe an Alfa Romeo SZ or an Aston Martin V8 Zagato – there is one of those that has both a celebrity and a racing background.
My feelings from the war are fueled by the time Best of Show was awarded. This delightful Howmet TX turbine racing car won the chairman's trophy, selected by Pebble Beach chairman Sandra Button as "the most deserved present car." However, it did not qualify for the best in class, which was a four-way race.
The obvious winner had to be the 1962 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato. I am not hyperbolic when I say that this is the most beautiful car ever made, plus it has been the latest in several decades. Talbot-Lago of 1938, with a body of Figoni and Falaski, was close to second; few made the whole pre-war thing as elegant as these French trainer-builders. The 1936 Mercedes-Benz 540K also made the shortlist, but Mercedes won in 2017 and so the overall prize went to Bentley. And none of the more interesting Bentleys, like the Speed Six Gurney Nutting coupé, or the aerodynamic Pourtout coupe, or even the brown double with this elephant hood ornament.