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60th Annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Sun, Aug 15, 2010
J.J. Carlson - Director of Media Relations

Pebble Beach, Calif. – time flies I suppose, it seems like just yesterday I was rummaging my way down the 18th fairway at the 50th Pebble Beach Concours where a red and white 1937 Delahaye 135 M took top honours – has it been 10 years already? As usual, this year’s event was nothing short of spectacular. Alfa Romeo had a strong presence, perhaps because 2010 was the 100th anniversary of this bold automaker! There were many rare Alfas including a whole class of 8C’s, both 2300 and 2900 models featured. There were many others too, including a variety of 6C’s and a modern prototype supercar. Another featured marque was Jaguar. Celebrating 75 years of automotive excellence, Pebble offered many examples to showcase this iconic brand. I especially liked the blue D-type and black XKD racer – both nose to nose adjacent to the coast line. At the back of the show field, 11 of the 16 existing Jaguar XKSS’s were present; the XKSS is a road variant of the racing D-type. With this many in a row, one might think that they are as common as dental floss, however this statement couldn’t be farther from the truth. In fact, many of the SS’s were flown in from the UK, just for this show – wow! The last feature was Pierce-Arrow; Class D-1 really stood out (Pierce-Arrow through 1919). Brass vehicles are always special to see, especially when they are in original condition or meticulously restored. How do they keep the brass so shiny new? I guess there are some secrets that we may never know.

I can’t possibly mention all of the other classes, there are just too many.  However, I would like to note a few that were exceptional. In the last few years, Pebble has broadened its scope to include motorcycles. These are by far the best examples of motorcycle history that I have ever seen. Just like the cars, they are all rare and pristinely restored, perhaps better than new. This year, I even saw two bicycles on display, one a 1910 Pierce-Arrow; who knew Pierce-Arrow made pedal bikes? There were cars from Bonneville, competition Ferrari’s, high end hot-rods and many race cars. The concept cars were also very nice. Prototypes from Bentley, Lexus, McLaren, Rolls-Royce, Bugatti, Merecedes-Benz and Maserati sat quietly on the practice putting green near the Lodge entrance. Parked out front was Porsche’s newest creation, the 918 Spyder. The side profile is similar to that of their past supercar, the Carrera GT, while the back resembles an Aston-Martin DB. The glowing neon green calipers really set off the all black rims. Can you tell I want one?

Having attended the Pebble Beach concours’ over 20 times, I am amazed that the caliber and pedigree of the vehicles remains as high as it does, considering that many of the vehicles are one-off’s. I mean, how many rare, exotic and expensive vehicles like these exist in the world? They have to run out sometime don’t they?

This was a fantastic year at Pebble Beach and I certainly look forward to many more. Pebble is an event that everyone should try to go to at least once in their life. If you haven’t gone before and you love old cars, you owe it to yourself to attend. I hope to see you on the 18th fairway next year. 

 

 


Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance to Celebrate Alfa Romeo's Centennial with an Exquisite Gathering of Rarely Seen Cars
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The Showcase of Italian Automotive Beauty and Brawn
 Will Include Seven Cars from the Alfa Romeo Museum

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: PCGCampbell - Jeff Green (310) 224-4961 (jgreen@pcgcampbell.com)


PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (July 29, 2010) - The 2010 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance will pay tribute to all that is Alfa Romeo, celebrating the centennial of the Italian auto manufacturer founded as Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili. The Sunday, August 15 gathering along Carmel Bay will showcase vehicles ranging from a 1910 A.L.F.A. 24 HP to the just-unveiled Alfa Romeo Pandion show car created by Bertone to mark the centennial, and will include a display of rarely seen cars from the Museo Storico Alfa Romeo (the Alfa Romeo Museum) in Arese, Italy.  

"Alfa Romeos have gained prominence in recent years and are treasured by enthusiasts and loved as true driving machines," said Sandra Button, chairman of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. "We're pleased to have assembled such a significant group of Alfas for this year's Concours, amazing vehicles crafted by gifted engineers and designers that have helped shape 20th century automotive technology and racing history."

The Museo Storico Alfa Romeo is shipping seven vehicles for display at the Concours, including:

1938 8C 2900 B Lungo: One of the most prestigious sports car manufactured by Alfa Romeo before World War II, the Alfa Romeo 8C 2900 B Lungo has been referred to as "a racing car in road-use configuration." The 8C 2900 combined superior engineering and performance (it was the fastest race car of its time, reaching a top speed of 113 mph) with gorgeous styling. An 8C 2900 B Lungo was the 11th and final Alfa Romeo to win the Mille Miglia (in 1947).  

1938 Gran Premio Tipo 158 "Alfetta": Developed by Scuderia Ferrari, the 1.5 liter, eight cylinder Alfetta ("Little Alfa") is a single-seater that became one of the most successful race cars ever produced, including post-World War II victories in the then-newly-created Formula 1 series.

Some of the privately-owned Alfa's that will line the Concours show field include:

1942 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 Bertone Coupe: This is one of only 40 Alfa Romeos built on the lightweight Super Sport chassis during World War II. Mario Revelli di Beaumont designed this unique coupe and the body was built by Bertone. The car just completed a major restoration in Italy and will make its world concours debut at Pebble Beach.

1948 Alfa Romeo 6C 2500 SS Competizione 2 Seat Coupe: This is the second (and only surviving example) of three race cars designed and built by the Alfa racing department in 1948.  It ran four consecutive Mille Miglia (1948-1951) and competed in 17 races throughout its career, collecting three wins and coming in second five times.

1936 Alfa Romeo 8C2900A Carrozzeria Alfa Spider: Shown at the Milan Motor Show in 1936, this car was owned by an RAF pilot (and race car driver) during World War II and sold in 1947 to a collector in Los Angeles who separated the chassis, body and engine.  Alfa Romeo expert and author Simon Moore reunited the chassis and body in the 1980s and the car reappeared at the Mille Miglia in 1987. Now restored to its original colors, this is the only 1935/1936 Carrozzeria Alfa Spider to survive with its original coachwork.  

In addition to honoring the centennial of Alfa Romeo, the 60th Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance will celebrate the 75th anniversary of Jaguar, feature Pierce-Arrow, and showcase Italian designer Ghia. Special classes will focus on the 50th anniversary of the Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta, the centennial of the Indianapolis 500, Hot Rod Lakesters and Bonneville racers and Prewar American Motorcycles.


One Car and a Million Memories
2010 Pebble Beach Concours Hot Rod Class Entrant
Embodies Camaraderie of Land Speed Racing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: PCGCampbell – Jeff Green (310) 224-4961 (jgreen@pcgcampbell.com) ;

Dave Boulé (310) 224-4959 (dboule@pcgcampbell.com )

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (May 20, 2010) — In the halcyon days of dry lakes racing, during the years just before and after World War II, young men with little money but remarkable intuitive engineering and a lot of enthusiasm built cars in their backyards that rivaled the performance of the best in the world. Before the term hot rod had been coined, they built some very hot cars.

The Spurgin-Giovanine roadster was such a car. Chuck Spurgin and Bob Giovanine loved working with their hands, building things, making things better. They enjoyed working together and they enjoyed being part of a close knit community. The car they built and raced so successfully was recently discovered intact after four decades parked behind a home in the California desert. This diminutive, hand-built racecar has been painstakingly restored and will be part of the Hot Rod Lakesters and Bonneville Racers class at the 2010 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on Aug. 15. Current owner Ernest Nagamatsu has brought the car back to its 1940s racing trim and, even more importantly, back into the families of the men who originally built it.

“Helping to bring this long lost and legendary racecar back into public view has been a terrific experience,” said Dr. Nagamatsu, a dentist from Los Angeles. “But connecting with the families of the men who built and campaigned the car, and giving them a chance to see first-hand what their dads cared so much about, has been magic.”

“This car was a dinner table legend in my family for 60 years,” said Karin Edla-Spurgin, daughter of Chuck Spurgin. “Its resurrection has allowed our families to connect in a remarkable way with the passion that drove our fathers to build something so successful. Ernie and his team share the same camaraderie that my dad and Bob did. No ego, just the pleasure of working on a project and enjoying the fruits of their labor.”

“My earliest memory is pleading with dad to go with him and the car to the races. I wasn’t even in kindergarten,” said Curt Giovanine, son of Bob Giovanine. “A few years later, when the car had been retired and was stored in our garage, I’d bring school friends over. We’d sit in it and pretend we were racing. One friend used to say, ‘This is the fastest car on four wheels!’ It sure seemed like it to us.”

The hot rod, a uniquely American form of automotive enthusiasm, continues to draw appreciation today and around the world, even from those who know little about cars. The form-follows-function design, the cars’ youthful swagger and the historic sense of community that was integral to early hot rod culture all continue to connect powerfully with people.

Many consider 1948 to be the peak for California dry lakes racing because that year saw the most entrants and some of the toughest competition. In 1948, the Spurgin-Giovanine roadster broke the existing world record in its class at the six consecutive Southern California Timing Association meets and was the year’s overall High Points Season Champion. It was also “Hot Rod of the Month” and on the cover of the March 1949 issue of Hot Rod magazine. The car was unusual because it was powered by a highly modified four-cylinder Chevrolet engine when virtually all other successful competitors ran Ford or Mercury V8s.

“This car epitomizes hot rod ingenuity, and its story is one of community and family. It’s still drawing people together,” said Dr. Nagamatsu. “Curt Giovanine discovered he had the original 1948 header for the car, as confirmed by weld marks shown in photographs from the 1948 season. He said to me, ‘This header belongs to the car,’ and he gave it to me. This reflects the spirt of the project and the car. As one of the most important and significant hot rods ever raced, I’m honored to share it with families of Bob and Chuck and to have it included in this year’s Hot Rod Class at the Pebble Beach Concours.”

The Hot Rod Lakesters and Bonneville Racers class at this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will include cars built and raced between 1927 and 1953, the year’s when this form of racing developed and flourished. The 60th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will also honor the 75th anniversary of Jaguar and the centennial of Alfa Romeo, feature Pierce-Arrow, and showcase Italian designer Ghia. Special classes will focus on the 50th anniversary of the Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta, the centennial of the Indianapolis 500, and Prewar American Motorcycles.


58th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Hosts Rare Autos From Around The World

August 19th 2008
J.J. Carlson, Director of Media Relations, NAAACCC


Pebble Beach Calif. – The weather was unusually cold this year, I guess global warming wasn’t doing its thing. Thankfully however, I had packed my trusty leather jacket – if I didn’t I would have been shivering my way through the mass of people and cars. Speaking of cars, they were spectacular, really spectacular. This year paid tribute to Italian marques Lancia and Lamborghini as well as the centennial of General Motors.
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