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If there’s one feature I miss from old cars, it’s the hood ornament.
So many Ford GT40s. So many. The best row at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
This is the Vision Mercedes-Maybach 6. It’s rather large. Mercedes says it’s both “hot” and “cool,” with a design that is “technoid and reduced.” Whatever that means. Seriously, who writes these press releases?
Earlier today, we did a story on the most expensive cars sold at the Pebble Beach Auctions. That was a fun story to write, because we can all relate to not being able to afford even a single tire on one of those cars.
The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance concept lawn is a chance to see a multitude of one-of-a-kind vehicles in the flesh, but what you don’t see is how these vehicles actually get on and off the lawn. As I left the Concours I caught the Bugatti Vision GranTurismo Concept—the only one in existence!—doing just that. It…
This past weekend saw the 2016 Pebble Beach Auctions, where fortunes were swapped and keys to opulent collector cars changed well-moisturized hands. In sales last week, the California auctions pulled in $345 million, although that was well below Hagerty’s count of $396 million from the 2015 auctions.
While the 1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Cabriolet may have won the “official” title of Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance best in show, whatever that really means, it did not win our hearts. The one true winner should have been this, a 1931 Cadillac 452A Fleetwood Imperial Limousine. Or, as we knew it, the V16 with…
This year’s big winner at Pebble Beach was a 1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Cabriolet. And while it’s certainly a pretty car, I didn’t get what made that car so much better than all the rest. I mean, just to get into Pebble it needs to be a great car, right? So what’s so great about this one? I decided to ask a real…
The Pebble Beach Concours d’ Elegance is filled with pricey cars, celebrities, and hats. Especially the hats. So many hats. I’ve ranked them from worst to best for your enjoyment.
There’s nothing like staring into the deep finish of fresh carbon fiber and watching the gentle waves dance in the sunlight. The only thing that tops it is, well, more carbon fiber—in color!
It’s name is a delicious mouthful, and so is its idle. Every so often the members of America’s overlord class at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will fire up their cars, and they sound incredible.
This is the shifter on a 1962 Kurtis Aguilar race car. It is bolted directly to the transmission, and it is the one thing better than a gated manual.
We found Michael Strahan, former New York Giants defensive end and now TV Man, at the McLaren tent on the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. We decided to interview him. It went great.
(We’re the jerks with the bi-turbo V12.)
FACT: Vintage racing is the very best thing about Monterey Car Week. You could hang out with a bunch of scowling millionaires ogling Delahayes parked a golf course, or you could go to Monterey Historics at Laguna Seca and see and hear tons of old-school race cars being driven in anger. Let’s do that now, shall we?
The Monterey Car Week auctions are where the beautiful members of the landed gentry go to blow obscene amounts of money on cars, and at yesterday’s RM Sotheby’s auction, one of them took Cobramania to new heights. This 1962 Shelby 260 Cobra known as the CSX 2000 just commanded $13.75 million at auction. Here’s why.