Wednesday, August 18, 2021

PEBBLE BEACH CONCOURS - BACK WITH A BANG IN 2021 by John Crawford


For 15 years from 1991, Monterey Week was a highlight of my year, when the Concours d'Elegance was staged at the famous Pebble Beach golf course on the Sunday, at the end of a week's festivities focussed on beautiful cars.

Sadly, Covid lockdowns forced not only a temporary halt in staging the classic event, but a combination of my own lack of resources, and Australian border closures, meant that I was unable to attend the Pebble Beach event, which is without a doubt the greatest gathering place for car enthusiasts from all over the world.

This year, Chair Sandra Button and her talented team brought the Concours back to life, and a look at the judging field shows the crowds were eager to attend.

It's not just the judging field, but another major highlight outside The Lodge at Pebble Beach is the 'Concept Lawn' where car designers and car makers vie for a place to show their ideas.

This year I think it was fitting that one of the Concours' greatest supporters, car collector Arturo Keller, took out the 'Best In Show' prize with his beautifully-restored 1938 Mercedes-Benz Autobahn Kurier.



I have had the honour many times of spending time at Pebble Beach with Arturo, who has collected and owns some great Bentleys, like the famous Embiricos coupe (below), but this year, I was there in my dreams.

It's great to see this fabulous 70th anniversary event triumph over the pandemic.

John Crawford

(Photos: Rolex, Pebble Beach Concours)

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