On August 16, 2015, these storied vehicles will once again converge on Pebble Beach for the 65th time. On this occasion, such marques as Ferrari and Pope will be honored, as will the Shelby GT350 for its 50th anniversary. If in attendance, you’ll most certainly lay eyes on the rarest of the rare.
Interestingly, the world-renowned car show began humbly in 1950, as an addition the annual Pebble Beach Road Race. Just over two dozen cars were displayed in its first year, but over time the entrants grew, as did the number of special exhibits and classes established to celebrate the hallowed cars.
Each year, owners submit entry applications for their historic cars, hoping to qualify for a place on Pebble Beach’s 18th fairway for judging in the “competition of excellence.”
The entry qualifications? Pebble Beach looks for automobiles of historic performance, technology, and design pedigree, which have been preserved or finely restored in drivable status. Aside from modern concept cars or special editions, the vast majority of cars will be rare or truly bespoke classic cars.
You certainly won’t see any “Best of Show” contenders getting towed into position on the fairway, but you may rub shoulders with some of the most famous celebrity car collectors from across the globe, such as concours regular Jay Leno.
While the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is the undoubted jewel of North America’s summer car show season, it is also a major charity event. In 1961, entrants were asked to donate one dollar. Since then, the concours has raised over $19 million dollars for charity.
With the beautiful Carmel Bay and the Pacific Ocean playing backdrop to a sea of glinting, rare automobiles, what isn’t there to love about Pebble Beach?