Pebble Beach 2012: Rounding up the most prestigious car show on the calendar

There are motor shows and there is Pebble Beach. Each year the wealthiest of car enthusiasts come together on America’s West Coast to celebrate the most distinguished marques in the business in the sun and the glamour of the Monterey peninsula, and this year’s was no different.

It was the 62nd meeting on the Californian province and saw some of the wealthiest individuals gather at several events over the weekend. It started with Friday’s Quail meet where a scaled down version of the Concours d’Elegance was held at $450 a ticket.

Many of the world’s top car manufacturers turned up with current model lines, but also with classics and brand new examples to show to the lucky few that could afford entrance. Aston Martin sent over a Sky Blue version of their new Vanquish, whilst McLaren surprised everyone with a one-off customer-specified model titled the X-1.

Bugatti were a little more predictable and put on show a customer one-off example of their Veyron Vitesse. Meanwhile, Lamborghini showed off its Urus SUV concept for the first time since April’s Beijing Motor Show.

As you can probably tell, the Pebble Beach event isn’t a venue for your run-of-the-mill production car; there may as well be a sign saying no diesel cars and anyone with business fuel cards from or similar might just feel out of place.

Saturday saw the local circuit Laguna Seca hold a tribute race on behalf of the late Carroll Shelby who unfortunately left us back in May. On track were a fantastic range of AC Cobra competition cars in celebration of Shelby’s life and 50 original Shelby Cobras, with a further 119, also turned up. Unfortunately, the gathering saw one of the rarest examples of Shelby’s work, a $4m valued Daytona Coupe, crashing out on circuit.

The full-on Concours d’Elegance took place Sunday on the shore-side area of the Pebble Beach golf course. The competition saw many of the world’s rarest cars come together to be judged by the likes of those that have worked in prestigious car design, past and present. Such judges in attendance were Porsche design boss Michael Mauer, former BMW design boss Chris Bangle and even Sir Stirling Moss.

Together, they picked winners over 30 different classes and handed the most coveted prize of ‘Best in Show’ to a coach-built 1928 Mercedes-Benz 680S Saoutchik Topedo. The Merc was just one of eight examples and one of three with a truncated windscreen.

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