Pebble Beach Concours D'elegance 2016
The Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance is an automotive charitable event held anually on the Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California. It is the finale of Monterey Car Week held in August. A Concours d'Elegance is an event open to both prewar and postwar classic cars in which they are judged for authenticity, function, history, and style. Classes are commonly arranged by type, manufacturer, coachbuilder, country of origin or time period. Judges select 1st-, 2nd-, and 3rd-place finishers for each class in the event, and the judges confer the "Best of Show" award on one car from the group of 1st-place winners. In addition, a group of honorary judges award a number of subjective awards to recognize standout vehicles regardless of class ribbons, as well as memorial awards created to honor specific automotive industry personages. Approximately 15,000 spectators attend The Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
Pebble Beach Concours D'elegance
The Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance was founded in 1950 as an adjunct to the Pebble Beach Road Race. The 1950 and 1951 Concours were held on a practice tee and driving range adjacent to the Beach Club. Thirty cars were exhibited on November 4, 1950, and a smaller field of 23 on May 27, 1951. In 1952, the event was moved to the 18th green of the Pebble Beach Golf Links. The Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance has continued since 1950 with 1 missed year: 1960, the show was cancelled due to scheduling conflicts. In addition, heavy rain at the event in 1963 and 1965 made the lawn area unusable, and so the cars were shown at the old start/finish line of the road race. In 2001, the event saw an introduction of a new category for preservation cars, including the so-called barn find car. The 2006 event saw 175 cars lining the 18th green and hole of Pebble Beach Golf Links with 25 judged classes, with cars brought to Pebble Beach from 27 states and 13 countries. The total estimated cost of the vehicles spread across the 18th fairway at the 2006 event was USD 200.000.000. From 227 cars in 2005, the 2006 event had a field reduced to 175 cars. In 2009, the event included classic motorcycles for the first time under the theme of pre-1959 British Motorcycles. The Concours received the 2011 Motoring Event of the Year award by the International Historic Motoring Awards. Each year's Pebble Beach Concours honors a featured manufacturer, coachbuilder, or type.
Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, the most prestigious event of its kind
The proceeds of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance have supported the United Way of Monterey County and the Pebble Beach Company Foundation for 56 years. It also supports a number of other local and national organizations. The 2010 event raised over USD 1.000.000, and the Concours has given more than USD 14.000.000 to charities through the years.