Elegance on a grand scale.
Each year in August, an enthusiastic crowd of classic car devotees come together in Pebble Beach, California, for a celebration of elegance in its purest form: the Concours d’Elegance, considered one of the most prestigious events in the automotive world. In a picturesque bay, surrounded by the sweeping green of a golf course scattered with gnarled pine trees, legends on four wheels are awakened to life: shining leather seats, stirring a long-forgotten sense of touch. Steering wheels that are only ever held by gloved hands. Elegantly flowing lines, their like rarely seen in this day and age. Every third Sunday in August, the famous 18th fairway of the Pebble Beach course, normally the preserve of golfers, provides the setting for a gathering of some 200 award-winning historical cars and motor cycles.
Although there is a strong element of competition to the event, winning here is not about crossing the line in first place. The jury’s evaluation is based on historical authenticity, technical merit and, above all, sense of style.