The National Association of Automobile Clubs of Canada
L’Association nationale des clubs automobiles du Canada
Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance August 21, 2016
Report by Cam Hutchins naacc.ca webmaster and NAACC Photographer
Sunday, August 20 2017 Concours d' Elegance
Press release July 18, 2017
Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance® and AUTOMOBILE Announce Pebble Beach Concours Livestream Presented by Michelin
All-star talent to host livestream during this year’s event on
August 20 starting at 2 p.m. PST, with special guests in attendance
Contact: Rob Quigley, Senior PR and Social Media Manager, Marketing
TEN: The Enthusiast Network
(310) 363-4086; RQuigley@enthusiastnetwork.com
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (July 18, 2017)—Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance® and AUTOMOBILE announced details of this year’s livestream for the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance on August 20 at 2 p.m. PST. TEN: The Enthusiast Network returns for the third year as the Official Media Partner for the Concours and will broadcast the awards ceremony for free via its recently relaunched AUTOMOBILE brand accessible at Automobilemag.com, Motor Trend OnDemand, and on the Automobile magazine playlist within MOTOR TREND’s YouTube channel.
Michelin will return as a presenting sponsor of the livestream, while Mothers® and Alfa Romeo will be associate sponsors for the first time.
Each year on Concours Sunday, 200 of the most prized collector cars in the world roll onto what is often called the best finishing hole in golf—the famed 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links. Originally a small social event paired with a road race through the pine and cypress forests of Pebble Beach, the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance has grown into the top-ranking collector car competition in the world. In tandem with the competition between extraordinary historic automobiles, the Concours is also host each year to some of the world's most anticipated concept cars and new car debuts.
“The cars we host here are magnificent, and they deserve the broadest audience,” said Concours Chairman Sandra Button. “That’s where our partnerships with TEN and Automobilemag.com come in—they enable us to share these cars and this concours competition with people around the world. We’re grateful for their creative efforts and their technical expertise. We’re also thankful for the sponsors who support this livestream.”
TEN’s International Bureau Chief Angus MacKenzie, American motorsports announcer Bob Varsha, and British race car driver and veteran broadcaster Alain de Cadenet return, along with the editors of AUTOMOBILE and MOTOR TREND to again serve as hosts for the livestream. As happens each year, special guests are expected to add their expertise and commentary during the event.
The livestream will also include a preshow segment prior to the coveted awards, showcasing some of the most prized collector cars on earth. New for this year will be additional camera coverage from the awards show ramp, providing a truly unique perspective for each prized vehicle, while special guests and celebrities will make appearances throughout the broadcast to give commentary, insights, and expertise around the cars and event.
“We are truly excited to bring the most prized collectible automobiles in the world to auto enthusiasts in their home for the third year in a row,” says TEN CEO Scott Dickey. “Our livestream hosts provide a unique mix of expert commentary on these beautiful, historic cars that complement and enhance the viewership of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.”
Exclusive Concours d'Elegance coverage will be provided by AUTOMOBILE on its website throughout the week leading up to and during the event, with video aired there and on Motor Trend OnDemand and MOTOR TREND’s YouTube Channel. CBS Sports Network will also air a one-hour segment of Concours d'Elegance highlights on September 24, 2017 at 1 p.m. EST
Dawn Field opens to entrants
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; email@example.com
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
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
The 1948 Isotta Fraschini 8C Monterosa
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.
Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance
First conducted in 1950, Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance® (www.pebblebeachconcours.net) has grown to be the world's premier celebration of the automobile. Only the most beautiful and historic cars are invited to appear on the famed 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links®, and connoisseurs of art and style gather to admire these masterpieces. Charitable donations raised by Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance® now total over $23 million. Related events include Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance® presented by Rolex, Pebble Beach RetroAuto™, Pebble Beach Classic Car Forum™, and Pebble Beach® Auctions presented by Gooding & Company. Pebble Beach®, Pebble Beach Golf Links®, Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance®, Pebble Beach Tour d'Elegance®, Pebble Beach RetroAuto™, Pebble Beach Classic Car Forum™, and Pebble Beach® Automotive Week are trademarks, service marks and trade dress of Pebble Beach Company. All rights reserved.
About Pebble Beach Company
Pebble Beach Company, headquartered in Pebble Beach, Calif., owns and operates the world-famous Pebble Beach Resorts®, including The Lodge at Pebble Beach™, The Inn at Spanish Bay™ and Casa Palmero®. The company also operates four renowned golf courses: Pebble Beach Golf Links®, Spyglass Hill® Golf Course, The Links at Spanish Bay™ and Del Monte™ Golf Course. Its other famed properties include scenic 17-Mile Drive®, The Spa at Pebble Beach™, Pebble Beach Golf Academy™ and Pebble Beach® Equestrian Center. It annually hosts premier events such as the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance®, AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, TaylorMade Pebble Beach Invitational presented by DELL EMC, Pebble Beach Food & Wine and Pure Insurance Championship. Future site of the 2019 U.S. Open Championship, Pebble Beach Golf Links® has hosted five U.S. Opens, four U.S. Amateurs, one PGA Championship and numerous other tournaments. For reservations or more information please call (800) 654-9300 or visit www.pebblebeach.com.
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8:30 a.m. Judging Commences
10:30 a.m. Field open to spectators
1:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Awards are presented
Location: The Lodge at Pebble Beach
Once each year in August, 200 of the most prized collector cars in the world roll onto what is often called the best finishing hole in golf—the famed 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links. Tire meets turf and transformation occurs: the stage is set for one of the most competitive events in the automotive world.
Originally a small social event paired with a road race through the pine and cypress forests of Pebble Beach, the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance has grown into the top-ranking collector car competition in the world.
The Concours is not a contest of speed, but of elegance. Automobiles and motorcycles are judged for their historical accuracy, their technical merit and their style—and the best garner reward and recognition.
The 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance features will include the following marques and special classes among others:
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
Special Report on
The 66th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance featured the following marques and special classes:
• Chapron Coachwork
• 100 Years of BMW
• 50th Anniversary of Ford GT40 Victory at Le Mans
• Two-Man Indianapolis Race Cars 1930-1937
• BMW Motorcycles
Click here for the list of Concept Cars on display in 2016
Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance August 21, 2016
Report by Cam Hutchins naacc.ca webmaster and NAACC Photographer
The 66th Annual Pebble Beach Concours d Elegance was held on August 21st 2016. 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. Especially impressive was the cars were clean and not covered with ash like every other car on the peninsula.
Once I entered the field, I was astounded by the row of Ford GT40's on display at the primo spot of the show....along the Ocean. I had not seen the GT 40's on the Tour D Elegance as the route was cut short and kept on the back roads of Carmel and Monterey. The normal route South of Carmel along the ocean was replaced so the Tour d Elegance would not interfere with the Forest fire fighting efforts.
I also got to see my fair share of Celebrities and right away Jay Leno walked past and I got to meet and speak with Bruce Meyers and get a shot of him with his Bizzarinni. BMW, Two-Man Indianapolis Race Cars, Bizzarrini, Delahaye, Parisian Coachbuilder Henri Chapron as well as the Lamborghini Muira's 50th anniversary added to the list of great cars...albeit in the shadows of the Ford GT40's commemorating their 50th anniversary of their domination at LeMans.
228 cars and motorcycles from more than 16 countries around the globe and three cars from Canada were on hand to please the massive crowds that surged forth at 10:30 when the general admission tickets were allowed entry.
The judging is done by some of the best qualified experts of each class and once a car has won it's class, it is eligible to compete for best of show. Once owned by Eric Claptons, the 1936 Lancia Asturia Pinin Farina Cabriolet now owned by Richard Mattei of Arizona won Best of Show.
Of the other cars nominated for Best of show one almost did not make it onto the field. As the car entered the show it stopped to be given it's "gift" and after shutting off the car to speak with the presenter the car failed to start. We joked that the driver was just making sure all the early morning Dawn Patrol photographers were getting the time to take the perfect photo of the 1938 Delahaye 165 Figoni et Falaschi Cabriolet owned by the Robert M. Lee Automobile Collection.
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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