2/4/2013 - 2013 Pebble Beach Concours to Feature Porsche, Aston Martin, Lamborghini
PEBBLE BEACH, CA - The 63rd Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance is still months away, but the field of cars for this elite competition, held at Pebble Beach Resorts, is already beginning to take shape.
Entry applications were due in January and are now being reviewed and vetted. The Concours Selection Committee meets at the end of March to determine which cars will receive a coveted invitation to the August 18 competition set on the 18th fairway at Pebble Beach Golf Links. Most applicants will be notified of the committee's decision by mid-April.
Late entry applications can still be submitted, but space in many classes is already limited. To request an application, please send an inquiry offering some basic information about your car to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2013 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance will feature:
Lincoln - After Ford purchased Lincoln in 1922, Edsel Ford took a marque well known for mechanical excellence and defined it with superior styling and elegant custom coachwork. Long one of America's elite luxury cars,the show field will focus on one-off custom-bodied Lincolns.
Simplex - Among the rarest of early 20th century marques, just 48 Simplex automobiles are known to survive. Intended for only the most prestigious clientele, these chassis, which sold for the outrageous price of about $5,000, were bodied by the best coachbuilders of their day. The marque later merged with Crane, replacing its sporting cars with a more luxury image.
Vanvooren -- Early in its history, Carrosserie Vanvooren was licensed to build Weymann fabric-bodied cars, but soon developed its own elegant and refined French designs that have stood the test of time.
Lamborghini - After making a fortune building tractors, Ferruccio Lamborghini determined to pursue the perfect grand tourer, founding Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A. in 1963. The Concours celebrates the company's 50th anniversary with a display of the significant one-off creations that have long embodied the term "supercar."
Aston Martin - From early prototypes like Coal Scuttle, Bunny and A3 to postwar models badged with the initials of entrepreneur David Brown to the most modern creations, Aston Martins have proven their sporting capabilities with race wins. The Concours celebrates the marque's centennial - as well as the 90th anniversary of Le Mans - with a focused display of Aston Martins that have raced that storied course.
Porsche 911 - Only very rarely does a model that is celebrating its 50th anniversary have the ongoing ability to raise genuine excitement over its latest offerings in the showroom and to score record-setting victories on the racetrack. But the Porsche 911 does exactly that. The Concours is pairing with the Porsche Museum to exhibit some of the cars that have made this model iconic.
BMW 507 - The BMW 507 debuted to great acclaim in 1955, but the economics of producing this sporting roadster led to its all-too-early demise. Just more than 200 of these cars survive, and each is treasured. The only custom-bodied BMW 507s along with other superlative examples of this model will be showcased.
French Motorcycles - For the fifth straight year, the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance will include motorcycles, focusing this time on the creations of French manufacturers such as Motobcane, Koehler-Escoffier, Monotrace, Gnome et Rhne, Majestic and, of course, Peugeot.
There will also be some surprises on the show field.
Information and tickets are available at www.pebblebeachconcours.net.
Amidst the celebration, a substantial sum will be raised to help people in need. The 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance raised a banner amount -- $1,254,000 -- for charity.