64 years ago in 1950, there was an automobile race held on a closed off public road running through the forests near Pebble Beach, in Monterey California. It is said that the participants of the race showing off their racing cars eventually developed into the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The direct translation from French is the “contest of elegance”.
At one of the most prestigious golf courses of North America where all golfers dream of playing, a special stage and spectator space is created on the lawn surrounding the 18th hole, every year on the 3rd Sunday of August. And cars that have already engraved their names in automotive history gather from all over the world to participate in the concours. In recent years, manufacturers have also started to announce concepts and new cars at this venue, enabling the visitor to have a birds-eye view across over 100 years of automotive history on the lawn of this magnificent location.
On the Concept Lawn this year where concept cars are lined up, the FT-1 that will appear in the next GT update was displayed in a new Graphite color. The first Vision Gran Turismo car, the Mercedes AMG Vision Gran Turismo makes an appearance here again after the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and the Aston Martin DP-100 also made an appearance here under the California sun.
This year being the 100th anniversary of Maserati, there were many Maseratis at the “Monterey Motorsports Reunion” held on the same weekend at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, including cars such as the 250F Grand Prix. And of course Japanese sportscars as well.
Since 2008 Kazunori Yamauchi has been participating in this event as an honorary judge, helping to judge the cars present. In addition to this, a special Gran Turismo Trophy is awarded to cars judged through a separate set of criteria. This year the winner of this prize is the 1954 Maserati A6GCS Spider. This car was manufactured as a works racing car of Maserati in 1954, and achieved many victories with Luigi Musso at the wheel.
Viewing the polished chrome parts, instrument panels with simple mechanical meters and needles, cast cylinder blocks and spacious engine rooms with absolutely no electronics, you can see just how complex and advanced cars have become over the last 100 years.
And finally, this is the Ferrari 375MM Scaglietti, that received the Best of Show. It has been 50 years since the last time a post-war era car has received this honored prize. Perhaps this award could be a turning point for the show hereafter.
The Italian movie director Roberto Rossellini had this car specially designed as a gift for the actress Ingrid Bergman, and the cabin of this car was designed very small to match her stature. The design of the steering wheel, shift knobs and even the side pockets on this car are refined and elegant like a custom made dress.