A Guide to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance

Automobile aficionados will know that there is only one place to view the most elegant, rare and celebrated cars every year, and that is at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, California. The event, which started back in 1950, takes place on the famous eighteenth fairway of the Pebble Beach Golf Links each year, and attracts some 15,000 visitors annually.

© Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2013

© Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2013

The event is only open to the most premier and beautiful automobiles, which have been invited to appear on the fairways, and compete in various categories, including the Enzo Ferrari Trophy, the Elegance in Motion Trophy and the Gran Turismo Trophy, amongst many others. The event attracts many car enthusiasts and connoisseurs of both art and engineering, who have travelled from all parts of the world to visit the show.

The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance also raises a huge amount for charity, some $16 million so far, with big brands hosting events such as Rolex and Gooding & Company.

It’s also a great chance for fans of overpriced super cars to get their first glimpses on any new models that have been recently released. And one stunner on show at the event that would break the banks of any millionaire was the final in the legend series, the Bugatti Veyron ‘Ettore Bugatti’ Legend.

Bugatti Veyron ‘Ettore Bugatti’ Legend

Bugatti Veyron ‘Ettore Bugatti’ Legend

There are six legend models with three in each series, and it was fitting that as the first of the Legends debuted at the Pebble Beach Concours, so should the last. The final Legend costs a whopping $3.14 million, and is fashioned after the most famous Bugatti in the series, the 1932 Bugatti Type 41 Royale.

One car that is built for speed and power is the Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR, and that is probably thanks to the super boosted 5.0-litre V8 engine, thanks to Jaguar. Just to make sure the engine was working at its fullest capacity, the Jaguar engineers shipped the Land Rover off to the famous Nuburgring motor racing track and told the racing driver to go as fast as he wanted around the Nordschleife circuit. The driver did exactly as he was told and went straight to the top of the leader board.

Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR

The Land Rover will have its first showing at Pebble Beach, and talking of Jaguars, we know that car show wouldn’t be worth its salt without a few Jags, and luckily, Jaguar had recently formed Special Operations division in order to remake six Lightweight E-Types that were missing from the ‘60’s.

Jaguar Lightweight E-Type

Jaguar Lightweight E-Type

There were supposed to be eighteen of the lightweight models but for some reason only twelve were ever made. Now Jaguar has decided to complete the job and build the cars up from scratch, starting with the engines to debut at Pebble. These £1 million models will be a huge crowd puller for car and film lovers, as a Union Jack bedecked version was the car of choice for Austin Powers back in the day.

Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance allows cars enthusiasts to gather and appreciate all kinds of motor vehicles; from classic cars, vintage models to futuristic concept cars. And all set against the stunning backdrop of the Pebbles Beach Golf Links.

This year’s event might be over, but entries for 2015 should be sent by January 2015, with successful applicants notified as early as April. So if you missed out on this year’s Pebble Concept, get your motor running for next year!

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