A tradition going back over half a century, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is where the world’s collector cars meet and compete. Only the 200 best collector cars in the world roll onto the legendary 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links, and only a handful of those will receive official recognition for style, technical merit and historical accuracy.

But the Concours is only the final event in a packed week celebrating the classic automobile! All over Monterey County, classic cars take to streets, golf courses, parks and the world-renowned Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, surrounding visitors with automobiles from yesteryear.

The Quail Motorsports Gathering—a laid-back and lavish respite from the packed Concours d’Elegance, a celebration of everything wealthy and gleaming and beautiful: helicopters, French food, Negronis, fancy hats, many good dogs, and the occasional coach built Ferrari. This year at The Quail we saw a man building an AMG engine live, by hand, for our amusement; a gigantic balloon of a bellhop from the Peninsula Hotel, moored by black-shirted staff with ropes in hand; the revival of the nee-Fisker Karma, for some reason; and a pair of Ferrari F50s, one of which had the succinct vanity plate “SWEET F50.” And a 1964 ATS 2500 GTS—built by former Ferrari luminaries, after the great “Palace Revolt”—took home the Rolex Circle of Champions Best of Show, its owner receiving a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona.

1929 Mercedes-Benz Wins Best of Show at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2017 Monterey Car Week.

1929 Mercedes-Benz S Barker Tourer emerged from the restoration shop of Steve Babinsky in Lebanon, New Jersey. Today, having crossed the country, the boattailed beauty captured the top prize at the prestigious 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

The 2017 Monterey Car Week & Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, held on the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links, drew 204 cars from 15 countries and 31 states—and the total included 54 first-time entrants.

This Pebble Beach Concours also raised more than $1.6 million to help people in need. Through the Pebble Beach Company Foundation, the primary charitable partner of the Concours, these charitable funds will benefit over 80 local charities.

Celebrity guests who were in attendance included comedian Jay Leno, former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, media personality and former defensive end for the New York Giants Michael Strahan, actor Jerry Seinfeld, and Chief Creative Officer of Pixar John Lasseter.

The 68th Pebble Beach Concours will be held on Sunday, August 26 (the fourth rather than the third Sunday in contrast to the norm). For more information on the Pebble Beach Concours, please visit www.pebblebeachconcours.net.

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