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French, Italians and Americans rule at Pebble Beach Concours

What began as a small gathering in 1950 held in conjunction with the first Pebble Beach road race has become one of the most popular concours in the world, showcasing breathtaking vintage cars and motorcycles across a range of classes and eras.

The Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance flew the French flag this year with special classes reserved for Delahaye, as well as Coachwork by Parisian Henri Chapron, whose designs influenced a generation of French carmakers.

Pebble Beach

The Italians were celebrated with one class dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the Lamborghini Muira supercar and another to automotive engineer Giotto Bizzarrini, who worked on many high-profile projects, including the fabled Ferrari 250 GTO.

Not to be left out, the US was well represented with the 50th anniversary of the Ford GT40 victory at Le Mans, as well as a class of two-person Indianapolis race cars from 1930 to 1937 (in those early years, mechanics rode shotgun with the drivers, spotting traffic and making quick repairs).

Along with the display and judging of the cars on Sunday, August 21, the Pebble Beach Concours also hosted classic car forums featuring a Q&A with racing legends such as David Hobbs, Bobby Rahal and Sir Stirling Moss.

As before, the nearby Inn at Spanish Bay hosted RetroAuto, a marketplace of art, literature and other automotive memorabilia.

Also throughout the weekend, several auctions were held around the peninsula, including Gooding & Company (a short walk from The Lodge at Pebble Beach) and RM Sotheby's at the Portola Hotel and Spa in Monterey.

(pebblebeachconcours.net)

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