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Trying to sneak in the back way into the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance because we forgot our media passes like idiots, we ran into a gentleman who said he was “with Mercedes.” This is the real, actual conversation that followed between The Gentleman, Matt Hardigree, Nicole Conlan, and myself. [UPDATE: He wrote back!]

Matt Hardigree: We’re media, try to guess who we are!

Gentleman: I have no idea.

Matt Hardigree: Jalopnik!

Gentleman: I don’t know it.

Matt Hardigree: Who are you here with?

Gentleman: I’m with Mercedes. I do Mercedes classics.

Me: Really? I’ve been thinking of a story about a Mercedes classic, the Mercedes SSK from the 1920’s. Do you know about it?

Gentleman: I do not. I only know about the 300SL Gullwing and Roadster.

Me: Oh.

Matt Hardigree: What cars do you drive?

Gentleman: I have a Mercedes SLS. I also have a Ferrari, and a Ghia.

Matt Hardigree: Cool! A Ghia! What kind?

Gentleman: It’s very rare. Less than 100 made. It was the Rat Pack car.

Matt Hardigree: You mean Dean Martin and all those guys?

Gentleman: Yes, they all got one. Except for Sammy.

Me: Uh, except for Sammy?

Gentleman: He did FINE.

Me: Um, sure.

Matt Hardigree: So, where you from?

Gentleman: Denver.

Nicole Conlan: Oh, I’m from Denver! Where in Denver do you live?

Gentleman: The Four Seasons.

Matt Hardigree: ...

Nicole Conlan: ...

Me: ...

And thus concludes the most Pebble Beach conversation at Pebble Beach.

UPDATE: The gentleman in question wrote me an email and seems to be nonchalant and amused.

To: Ballaban

Subject: Walk thru Pebble

[REDACTED] of Mercedes Benz saw this today and knew it was me. Funny.

I’ll assume all of your gang found their way to the field.


Contact the author at ballaban@jalopnik.com.
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