March 14, 2006


Pebble Beach Concours Aims to Show "Best of the Best"

A more exclusive show field will allow guests to enjoy rare classic automobiles at a more leisurely pace

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (March 14, 2006) – Spectators and participants attending the 2006 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance along the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links® will have more space to inspect automobiles. The Concours will reduce its show field to an elite group of 175 cars – down from 225 last year – creating room for spectators to carefully appraise each eye-catching vehicle in an unhurried fashion.

The decision to limit the show field is the result of observations and requests from past Concours attendees.

“We take comments from our loyal supporters very seriously,” says Sandra Kasky Button, chairman of the Pebble Beach Concours. “The entrants, judges and spectators all agreed that the larger number of cars was diluting the overall Concours experience. We have the Pacific Ocean as our backdrop and one of the world’s most spectacular golf links as our host. With a narrowed field of 175 of the most prized automobiles in the world, our guests will have more space and time to enjoy the entire setting.”

For the 2006 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, featured marques include the French manufacturers Voisin and Delahaye, and “Cars that Raced in the Del Monte Forest (cars that participated in the Pebble Beach Road Races from 1950 to 1956).” In addition, a great American Classic, the Convertible Victoria, will also be highlighted.

“The Concours will continue to present a field of the most significant, most beautiful and most historic automobiles from around the world – truly the best of the best,” says Button.

First conducted in 1950, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is an international gathering of automotive enthusiasts for “a celebration of the automobile” at The Lodge at Pebble Beach™ on the Monterey Peninsula. The Concours, which in 2005 attracted entrants from 26 states and 15 countries and raised over $800,000 for charity, combines a scenic location – the famed 18th fairway at Pebble Beach Golf Links® along the Pacific Ocean – with the opportunity to view rarely seen examples of automotive style, performance and history. The annual affair also includes a series of auxiliary activities, including the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance along the coast and through Carmel, RetroAuto and The Pebble Beach Auction conducted by Gooding & Company. The 2006 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will be held on Sunday, August 20.

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Wendi McAden
(310) 224-4960

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