2007 Pebble Beach Photo Gallery
With the Monterey weekend and its attendant auctions, historic race meetings and driving events over and done with for another year, it’s time to have a final look at the cars and the people who made it onto the famous 18th fairway of the Pebble Beach Golf Links.
Classic Driver's roving photographer - Tim Scott of Fluid Images - was there to record the action.
Now in its 57th incarnation, the Concours d'Elegance proper has been joined in recent years by the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance™ presented by Rolex, a gentle outing that begins in the Pebble Beach complex before taking to the hills east of Monterey, driving south on the Pacific Coast Highway to Big Sur, and then returning to Carmel-by-the-Sea.
It’s not compulsory for Concours entrants to partake in the Tour; however, in the event of two cars tying for points late on Sunday afternoon, it’s the car that’s seen some action on the streets a few days before that will win it. In 2007 there was an entry of 160 cars - thus scotching the familiar accusation of Pebble cars being ‘trailer queens' - and providing spectators with an almost once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the automotive Old Masters in action, away from the confines of the 'gallery'.
Each year a marque, or group of marques, is selected as a theme for the Concours proper. In 2007 it was Aston Martin – with four classes, including a special exhibition of historic Astons and three post-War classes – and the Auburn-Cord-Duesenberg group. So visitors were treated to several DBR1s, early DB3Ss, and DB4GT Zagatos from the British company, while the home-grown products included examples previously owned by Clark Gable and Gary Cooper.
There was also a special class for historic hot rods, a genre celebrating the 75th anniversary of the iconic ’32 Ford (known as 'The Deuce'), and the '10-plus Club' that focused on cars with engines displacing 10 litres or more.
‘Best in Show’ at this year’s Pebble was a supercharged Duesenberg SJ Special that was raced by Utah’s Ab Jenkins (the former mayor of Salt Lake City) and then driven as a road car on the streets of the city. The car, which set a 24-hour speed record (135.58 miles per hour) in 1935, had sold in 2004 for a record $4.45 million at Gooding & Company’s Pebble Beach Auction.
“The Pebble Beach Concours has truly become ‘the world’s concours',” said Concours Chairman Sandra Kasky Button. “In addition to enthusiasts, sponsors and media from around the globe, this year we welcomed exotic, historic vehicles from as far away as Hong Kong, Australia, Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Argentina.”
The 58th Pebble Beach Concours is scheduled for Sunday Aug 17 2008, and will include a celebration of the centennial of General Motors and the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run.
Please CLICK HERE to see the full results of Class, and Special Awards Winners in 2007.
Text: Classic Driver
Photo Gallery: Tim Scott - Strictly Copyright
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