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Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance August 20, 2017

Report by Cam Hutchins naacc.ca webmaster and NAACC Photographer

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Sunday, August 20 2017 Concours d' Elegance

 

The 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance featured the following marques and special classes among others:

    Isotta Fraschini

    Castagna Coachwork

    Lincoln Centennial

    American Dream Cars of the 1960s

 

The 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance features will include the following marques and special classes among others:

    Significant Cars of India

 

August 20 2017 Concours d' Elegance

Report and Photos by Cam Hutchins

  There are very few things that I spring out of bed at 4:30 a.m. bright eyed and busy tailed. No, I am not interested in a Hagerty's Dawn Patrol hat, which should be called the "Two hours before Dawn Patrol" as they have long been handed out before Dawn. What I am interested in is getting shots of the cars as they drive onto the field with ocean in the background.

I patiently waited for the first car to enter and it was driven by my pal and fellow photographer Dirk de Jager driving a Blue Moretti Spyder onto the field. Owned by Renaat Declerck of Belgium, the 1955 Moretti 1200S Michelotti Spyder, was shown on the Moretti stand at the 1955 Brussels Motor Show. Designed by Giovanni Michelotti, the car was one of two spyders built in 1954 and 1955.

 

One the bus ride from the parking lot to the show I spoke with a fellow from the Lane museum in Nashville and they were showing a 1967 Gyro Car that was just set up to drive 20 mph so it was not included on the Tour D Elegnace. The steady stream of cars was made all the more entertaining by a fellow shooting video of the parade beside me who was super knowledgeable of almost all the cars present.

I was speaking with an owner when Local car collector Don Voth approached me and told me of a Delahaye owned by a fellow from Richmond BC. What a stellar car....and I will write more in the coming weeks!

 

 

 

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Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance August 21, 2016

Report by Cam Hutchins naacc.ca webmaster and NAACC Photographer

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The 67th Annual Pebble Beach Concours d Elegance was held on August 20th 2017. Again this year I arrived early enough to get a great spot to shoot the cars as they enter the field. The ocean in the background and the nice even light was great.

 

 

  Isotta Fraschinis to Decorate

Pebble Beach Golf Links

 

  First and last chassis made, along with extravagant Tipo 8 Models,

to be featured at the Concours d'Elegance

 

 

This 1930 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A SS Castagna Special Sports Tourer was named

Best of Show at the 1983 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

 

 

 

 

  Contact: Lexi Maciel or Kandace Hawkinson

(831) 622-1700; media@pebblebeachconcours.net

 

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (July 12, 2017) — From an unlikely partnership between lawyer Cesare Isotta and car enthusiasts Vincenzo, Antonio and Oreste Fraschini, came Italy’s most opulent automobile brand: Isotta Fraschini (Ee-So-ta fra-Skee-nee). A wide range of Isottas, from the very first to the last cars built, will be showcased in three full classes at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on August 20.

 

  Corrado Lopresto, who considers himself an “Isotta romantic,” recalls making childhood memories playing in the back of his uncle’s Isotta Fraschini. So began his lifelong relationship with the marque. His own Garage Corrado southwest of Milan, Italy, is now home to the marque’s complete factory archives and several Isotta Fraschini cars imperative to the marque’s history.

“I like the charm and grandeur that has always accompanied every Isotta Fraschini car,” Lopresto said. “Each one is so unique.”

A while back, Corrado’s good friend Donald Osborne told him of a car that needed to find its way back to Italy. Corrado remembers his response: “Donald, I cannot buy all the Italian cars from around the world!”

 

  But it was not just any car—rather, it was the first Isotta Fraschini ever made. Isotta Fraschini had given Henry Ford the first Isotta when he was in discussions to purchase the company; however, the deal fell through. The 1901 prototype, complete with chassis tag #1, remained in The Henry Ford museum for decades before Corrado purchased it in 2013. Never restored, Corrado drove the chassis in the London to Brighton Run in 2015 after adding in a removable floor and a seat to make it drivable.

 

 

The first Isotta Fraschini,

built in 1901

 

  Corrado traveled to Rome in 1998 to visit the last two Isotta Fraschinis—a Monterosa coupé built by Touring in 1947 and a cabriolet built by Boneschi in 1948. After years of negotiation, to no one’s surprise, he bought them both.

 

 

 

The #1 Chassis tag for the

1901 Isotta

 

  Cesare and brothers Vincenzo, Antonio and Oreste formed Isotta Fraschini in 1899 in Milan, Italy. At the forefront of technological innovation, the company pioneered the use of 4-wheel brakes. Its golden years were characterized by the famed Tipo 8—which featured the world’s first production straight 8 engine and offered coachbuilders a long and strong chassis to showcase their creations.

 

 

  The all-encompassing elegance of Isotta Fraschini helped to extend the brand beyond the borders of Italy. Prince Luigi Grimaldi of Monte Carlo and the Empress of Ethiopia are just a couple of the many royal owners. Famous celebrity owners in the United States included newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst and “It Girl” Clara Bow.

 

The 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will feature the 1901 Isotta bare chassis in one of the Isotta Fraschini classes, the 1947 and 1948 Isotta Fraschini 8C Monterosas in the Postwar Grand Touring class, along with a wide variety of Tipo 8As in the Isotta Fraschini Castagna Coachwork Open and Closed Classes.

 

 

The 1947 Isotta Fraschini 8C Monterosa

Touring Coupe

 

The 1948 Isotta Fraschini 8C Monterosa

Boneschi Cabriolet

 

 

  For more information on the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, or to purchase tickets for the 2017 Concours, go to www.pebblebeachconcours.net. A Visitor Guide, with a complete calendar of events for the 2017 Pebble Beach Automotive Week, is located at www.pebblebeachconcours.net/visitor-guide.html.

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Special Report by Rob McLeese
Assistant Director of Media Relations (Eastern Correspondent)  and the Chairman of the Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

2016 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance honours Henri Chapron

 

One of the fine aspects of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is that each year there are special honourees. Each year the honourees may be race car drivers, automotive designers or car collectors, some are well known, some not so famous. At the 2016 Pebble Beach Concours, the honouree this year was Henri Chapron, a famous French coachbuilder otherwise known as a carrossier.
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