Monterey Car Week-Day 7; Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Monterey Car Week; Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2015

One Sunday each August grass meets automotive class for the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.  On the eighteenth fairway of the famed Pebble Beach Golf Links on 17 Mile Drive, nearly 200 very special collector cars selected for the occasion gather at what is arguably the best car show in the world. Similar to what is said by nominated actors at the Academy awards; it is an honor for a car just to be there.

The day starts very early. We are parked in our designated mulched sand lot by 4.30 am to attend ‘Dawn Patrol’.  Dawn Patrol is the traditional gathering of serious car enthusiasts  who line up before dawn for coffee/donuts and coveted ‘Dawn Patrol’ hats from Hagerty Insurance. We then watch the cars roll onto the lawn for placement on the 18th fairway. It is the best part of the day, and the best part of Monterey Car Week; the crowds have not yet gathered, the cars are in motion allowing us to hear and see and smell these automotive gems in action, and the owners and handlers are milling about with contagious excitement.

When we first attended Dawn Patrol 15 years ago there were a few dozen people in attendance.  Every year thereafter the small crowd grew by a few dozen more. This year, 2015, there were a few hundred people by 5am.  A few of the folks actually got a bit pushy for their coveted $6 Dawn Patrol hat.  Now now, no need to draw blood from  the forearms of the sweet Hagerty reps. A few friends who were not willing to get up so early requested that we get them a hat. It must be earned, we told the slackers. Or purchased on eBay for $225 (not mine of course).

Once all the cars were on the field, roughly 7.30am, the Pebble Beach mist started to lift. By 8am the field was jammed with people. It was hard to imagine how they could fit more spectators when the gates opened at 9am. We took our time browsing the cars up and down the rows, and then departed to the lovely Club d’Elegance near the Gooding & Company tent for breakfast. Then, back to the Concours for more car and people viewing.

The Concours, though fabulous as always, did miss something without the refined voice and talents of veteran actor Ed Herrmann who passed away earlier in 2015. Others filled in to emcee, and did a fine job. RIP Mr Herrmann. Jay Leno was spot-on as he always is.

Here are some pictures from Concours d’Elegance

MB door projector light - concours d'elegance

In the car park at 4.30am, the Mercedes-Benz next to us had this cool MB door projector light, also known as a puddle light

 

dawn patrol ats - concours d'elegance

The girls have been hatted at Dawn Patrol

 

crowds - concours d'elegance

The morning Dawn Patrol crowd lines up for the cars to drive onto the lawn

 

red 1949 Aston Martin DB2 Coupe - concours d'elegance

A 1949 Aston Martin DB2 Coupe whips by

 

Barry Meguiar arrives in his 1901 Duryea XLS - concours d'elegance

A very dashing Barry Meguiar arrives in his 1901 Duryea XLS

 

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Very elegant

 

jay leno - concours d'elegance

Jay Leno taking pics with fans; no entourage, friendly, gracious

 

Jay Leno having a chat - concours d'elegance

Jay Leno having a chat

 

jJay obviously approves - concours d'elegance

Jay obviously approves

 

monterey bay - concours d'elegance

Mist on the water.  A lot of golf balls go into that ocean

 

blue 1932 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Kellner 3-Position Cabriolet - concours d'elegance

1932 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Kellner 3-Position Cabriolet

 

red 1903 Thomas Model 18 Sheldon Rear Entrance Tonneau - concours d'elegance

1903 Thomas Model 18 Sheldon Rear Entrance Tonneau; one of only three known to exist

 

barry meguiar's 1901 Duryea XLS - concours d'elegance

The 1901 Duryea XLS was manufactured the same year Frank Meguiar, Barry Meguiar’s grandfather founded Meguiar’s

 

silver 1953 Bentley R-Type Continental H.J. Mulliner Sports Saloon - concours d'elegance

1953 Bentley R-Type Continental H.J. Mulliner Sports Saloon. When it was first launched the Bentley R-Type was the world’s most expensive production car, capable of reaching over 120mph

 

the judges for the concours d'elegance

The judges for the Concours assemble

 

maroon 1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Touring Coupe - concours d'elegance

1939 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Touring Coupe

 

grey 1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Touring Coupe - concours d'elegance

1949 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Touring Coupe

 

gold 1961 Maserati 3500 GT Touring Coupe in Prosecco silver grey with mink interior - concours d'elegance

1961 Maserati 3500 GT Touring Coupe in Prosecco silver grey with mink interior

 

blue 1952 Ferrari 212 Inter Pinin Farina Coupe - concours d'elegance

1952 Ferrari 212 Inter Pinin Farina Coupe

 

silver 1954 Cunningham C-3 Vignale Coupe

1954 Cunningham C-3 Vignale Coupe

This Cunningham C-3 Vignale Coupe with optional Ford radio and heater - concours d'elegance

This Cunningham C-3 Vignale Coupe has the optional Ford radio and heater

Chrysler engine - concours d'elegance

Oh that Chrysler engine

 

outfit - concours d'elegance

Lovely outfit , but I hope she applied sunscreen

 

 

light blue 1937 Delahaye 145 Franay Cabriolet - concours d'elegance

1937 Delahaye 145 Franay Cabriolet

light blue 1937 Delahaye 145 Franay Cabriolet - concours d'elegance

This Delahaye began life as a 12-cylinder Grand Prix race car. Hard to imagine

rear of light blue 1937 Delahaye 145 Franay Cabriolet - concours d'elegance

Marius Franay discarded the racing body, and a futuristic cabriolet was built on the V12 chasis

interior of light blue 1937 Delahaye 145 Franay Cabriolet - concours d'elegance

Elegant interior

 

black/silver 1937 Peugeot 402 Pourtout Cabriolet - concours d'elegance

1937 Peugeot 402 Pourtout Cabriolet

black/silver 1937 Peugeot 402 Pourtout Cabriolet - concours d'elegance

black/silver 1937 Peugeot 402 Pourtout Cabriolet - concours d'elegance

black/silver 1937 Peugeot 402 Pourtout Cabriolet - concours d'elegance

The Mrs. has dressed for the car and the occasion

 

silver 1955 Bentley R-Type Continental H.J. - concours d'elegance

It’s my car and I shall sit here if I like. 1955 Bentley R-Type Continental H.J. Mulliner Fastback

silver 1955 Bentley R-Type Continental H.J. - concours d'elegance

The back of the Bentley Continental. It is in the Preservation Class

 

alain de cadenet - concors d'elegance

Alain de Cadenet, charming, handsome, and extremely knowledgeable about vintage cars

 

Shooting for one of the Velocity shows, Fast and Loud - concours d'elegance

Filming one of the Velocity shows, Fast and Loud

 

red On the Ferrari display; 599GTO - concours d'elegance

On the Ferrari display; 599GTO

 

yellow Ferrari 488 GTB - concours d'elegance

The new Ferrari 488 GTB has twin turbos

 

blue Ferrari Sergio - concours d'elegance

Ferrari Sergio. Only six are being produced. 0-60<3secs

 

jon shirley's Ferrari 375MM - concours d'elegance

Jon Shirley won Best in Show at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance with this gorgeous Ferrari 375MM. It was originally owned by Italian Director Roberto Rossellini

 

dawn patrol hats - concours d'elegance

Our Dawn Patrol hats take a break at breakfast

 

black 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Brewster Special Permanent Newmarket - concours d'elegance

1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Brewster Special Permanent Newmarket

 

RR toolkit - concours d'elegance

Such a beautiful toolkit with the RR

 

The crowd - concours d'elegance

The crowd

 

blue 1935 Duesenberg J Walker-LaGrande Convertible Coupe - concours d'elegance

1935 Duesenberg J Walker-LaGrande Convertible Coupe. The car is famous for its semi-automatic top

 

maroon 1938 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B MM Touring-style Spider Corsa - concours d'elegance

1938 Alfa Romeo 6C 2300B MM Touring-style Spider Corsa

 

red 1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Spider - concours d'elegance

1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Spider

 

red 1949 Ferrari 166M Touring Barchetta. This was the 4th 166 MM Barchetta - concours d'elegance

1949 Ferrari 166M Touring Barchetta. This was the 4th 166 MM Barchetta built and the most celebrated, winning the Mille Miglia and the 24 Hrs of Le Mans

 

red 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS Boano Coupe - concours d'elegance

1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS Boano Coupe

two-piece rear glass red 1955 Alfa Romeo 1900 CSS Boano Coupe - concours d'elegance

This one-off has an impressive two-piece rear window

 

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Ferrari Competition cars - concours d'elegance

Ferrari Competition cars

More Ferrari Competition - concours d'elegance

More Ferrari Competition

red 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Scaglietti Berlinetta Competizione - concours d'elegance

1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Scaglietti Berlinetta Competizione, built in lightweight alloy

 

red 1964 Ferrari 250 LM Scaglietti Berlinetta - concours d'elegance

1964 Ferrari 250 LM Scaglietti Berlinetta

 

red 1952 Ferrari 212 Inter Vignale Berlinetta, all alloy coupe - concours d'elegance

1952 Ferrari 212 Inter Vignale Berlinetta, all alloy coupe with Perspex rear and side windows

 

red 1953 Ferrari 250 MM Vignale Spider - concours d'elegance

1953 Ferrari 250 MM Vignale Spider

 

red/yellow 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Scaglietti Berlinetta - concours d'elegance

1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Scaglietti Berlinetta

 

silver 1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Scaglietti Spyder California Competizione, just one of nine alloy bodied 250GT LWB Com spyder - concours d'elegance

1959 Ferrari 250 GT LWB Scaglietti Spyder California Competizione, just one of nine alloy bodied 250GT LWB Competition Spyders built

 

silver 1956 Ferrari 250 GT Alloy Boano Coupe with ghost stripes - concours d'elegance

1956 Ferrari 250 GT Alloy Boano Coupe. Love the ghost stripes

 

red 1953 Ferrari 340 Mexico Vignale Berlinetta - concours d'elegance

1953 Ferrari 340 Mexico Vignale Berlinetta. Unique to the Mexico are vertical scoops in the doors, which directed air to the rear brakes

 

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The big view

 

black Best in Show winner at 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d''Elegance: 1924 Isotta Fraschini 8A F. Ramseier & Cie Worblaufen Cabriolet - concours d'elegance

Best in Show winner at 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance: 1924 Isotta Fraschini 8A F. Ramseier & Cie Worblaufen Cabriolet. This car has had only four owners from new

 

 

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The Auto Blonde is an enthusiast who attends and participates in many car events. She welcomes you to ride shotgun. All pictures and posts are hers unless otherwise noted.
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