Written by Matt Stone / Photography by Kristina Cilia

Depending upon who you ask, Pebble Beach is either the world’s most significant concours or the world’s greatest car show. Or both.

Like most other massive automotive events, Pebble had to take a pass for the Lost Year of 2020, but even as the summer of 2020 passed, the concours’ board, management team, Selection Committee, and judging effort had already begun retooling the Big Show for a triumphant return for ’21, not even yet certain that the world’s Covid scenario, or that local, state, or national guidelines would allow it to happen. At all. The entire scenario was reviewed in daily meetings by the Concours’ executive team, with various government and other officials involved at every step, all in the name of crafting a plan that would be safe for all who attended and participated, yet not ruin the events luxurious and elegant nature. All that work paid off, in fine style, with a triumphant return to the Pebble Beach Lodge’s magnificent golf greens overlooking the Monterey Bay and Pacific Ocean.


Porsche Lemans Heritage Collection
Porsche Lemans Heritage Collection

From an entrant standpoint, all of the accepted vehicles from 2020 were automatically reupped for ’21, many of the special class celebrations carried over, and at the same time new entrants and categories were developed to move the show forward yet another step from what would have been 2020. Pebble is known for special classes and displays celebrating numerous vehicle anniversaries, historic events, and people significant to the greater Automotive Story.

This year’s special classes and honored catagories included: Centennial of the French Grand Prix, 90 year anniversary of designhouse and coachbuilder Pininfarina, 50 years of the Porsche 917, 50 years of the Carrera Panamericana Mexican Road Race (1950-1954) which was obviously a carry over class from 2020, the 50th Anniversary of the Lamborghini Countach, Pebble Beach Road Race winners, Miller racing cars, and Antique Early Electric Cars. All of which was just a start.

With 2021 marking the 70th Pebble Beach Concours (not directly counting an anniversary of years, instead in this case denoting the number of times the show has been held) the show’s leadership team elected to host a special display inviting all previous Best of Show winners to join the show – these already proven winners were invited on a Display-Only basis, meaning they were not eligible for judged Class awards, nor for Best of Show this year. An amazing 40 of these Automotive All-Stars in fact were able to participate and did. The were all lined up, wheel to wheel, along the bluff that overlooks Carmel Bay and the Pacific Ocean.


Guntherwerks 993 Remastered Speedster
Guntherwerks 993 Remastered Speedster

It was the proverbial show within a show, and a breathtaking sight to be sure. Walking past this great lineup of “automotive Best Picture” winners it surprised this writer to recall how many of them I was personally there to see win their big prize. That trip through the memory banks brought back so many great visions and moments, and further confirmed why each one of these remarkable machines were the best of the best on that given day.    It was also a remarkable display of automotive diversity; the represented marques hailed from the United States, France, Germany, England, Italy and others.

Elegant luxury cars, dazzling design studies, race cars, road cars, and prototypes alike. Open cars, closed coupes and sedans, racers, roadsters and limosines. The hits just kept on coming. Could we possible pick just one favorite? No, can’t be done, too much greatness here.    In the beginning, most concours events (the most famous of them in France and Italy)

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By: Matt Stone
Title: 2021 Pebble Beach Concours D’ Elegance
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/2021-pebble-beach-concours-d-elegance/
Published Date: Mon, 30 Aug 2021 02:15:06 +0000