CARMEL, CALIF. – Last Sunday at the Pebble Beach Golf Course, the 69th Pebble Beach Concours d & # 39; Elegance on the Pacific took place. A Concours d'Elegance is a fancy way to express a fancy car show, and car shows will not be much fancier than this, the grand finale of Monterey Car Week. Two hundred old cars – those with significant history or perhaps significant owners – drove to the 18th green at dawn and lined up to be judged. As with my summary of the quail, this too is a story told much better in pictures. Please scroll through the galleries. Otherwise, you might not see the parrot.
The cars were divided into classes and the winner of each class could qualify for the best show. Some were the result of a costly and compulsive restoration, and they looked better than ever before. Others showed a more sympathetic note, some looked wonderfully patinated and original. Classes celebrating the Centennial of Bentley and the Italian design studio Zagato booked the turf, which was (as usual) top-heavy with prewar cars.
For those who are looking for something more up-to-date, there is the increasingly misnamed "Concept Lawn". It's supposed to be a place for automakers to showcase their latest fantasy flights, and some have embarked on it. BMW brought two concepts with it, one of which has a pretty cool story behind it. Genesis brought with it the Mint, which would not have been out of place on the 18th green, and Volkswagen showed the ID. Buggy. Other automakers were so lazy that they did not even call: A serial SUV with one or two stickers is equivalent to sending a single emoji text message, Maserati.
Bugatti and Ferrari were also in search of modernity. The first one was right in front of the main entrance, while the latter held its own mini-show on the first green. Ferrari rents a big house on the first hole and finds a car from every year of his past to exhibit. I think the automaker has started the tradition to celebrate its 70th anniversary. All I know is that it's one of the few times I cross with a F50 GT.
I have to admit that I did not feel well this year. I understand that this is a show for old cars, but that's a moving line, and Pebble Beach is beginning to feel trapped in amber. Regular readers will know that I like Zagato's work, especially the edgy, uncompromising cars of modern times, and while a hyena from the late nineties is probably too new, was there room for something from the eighties? Maybe an Alfa Romeo SZ or Aston Martin V8 Zagato – there is one that has both a fame and a racing experience. This charming race car with Howmet TX turbine won the title of chairman, which Sandra Button, chairman of Pebble Beach, selected as "the most deserving car gift". However, it was not approved for the best in class, which was a four-way competition.
The obvious winner would have been an 1962 Aston Martin DB4 GT Zagato. I'm not hyperbolic when I say it's the most beautiful car ever built, and it was the newest in decades. The Talbot Lago of 1938 with a body of Figoni & Falaschi finished a close second place. Few made the whole thing before the war as elegant as the French automaker. A Mercedes-Benz 540K from 1936 was also on the shortlist, but a Mercedes won in 2017, and so the total price went to a Bentley. And not one of the more interesting Bentleys like the Speed Six Gurney Nutting Coupé or the Pourtout Aerodynamic Coupe or even the brown two-seater with this elephant hood ornament.