August 20, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
56th Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Names 1931 Daimler "Best of Show"
175 Classic Cars From 13 Countries Showcased Along California’s Monterey Coast
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (Aug. 20, 2006) – The 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links® hosted 175 vintage vehicles and thousands of spectators Sunday at the 56th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. The Concours competition, which included judging in 25 classes, culminated when a 1931 Daimler owned by Robert M. Lee from Reno, Nevada was named “Best of Show.”
The winning car, officially a 1931 Daimler Double-Six 50 Corsica Drophead Coupe, is one of only four Daimler Double Six-50’s ever produced.
“This is my first Best of Show at Pebble in 20 years. I think I’m dreaming,” said Lee, who has been competing at the Pebble Beach Concours since 1986. “I purchased this car because it made my heart skip a beat. I guess the judges today agreed with my heart.”
Competitors from 27 states and 13 countries, from as far away as Hong Kong, Australia, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Argentina, were among the participants who brought their prized automotive possessions to the Monterey Peninsula for judging.
“The Pebble Beach Concours has truly become ‘the world’s Concours,’ with vintage car owners from around the globe bringing their exotic, historic masterpieces here to compete each year,” said Pebble Beach Concours Chairman Sandra Kasky Button. “For our spectators, the event’s become an automotive time capsule, with the finest automotive artistry and design on display from the more than 100 years of the automobile.”
The 2006 event, which had more than $200 million worth of classic cars spread along the Monterey coastline, showcased early 20th century style and technology from French manufacturers Voisin and Delahaye, which served as featured marques. The cars that raced in the Pebble Beach Sports Car Road Races (1950-56) were also feted during the day.
“We’re blessed to have the Pacific Ocean as our backdrop and one of the most spectacular pieces of golf real estate as our host,” said Kasky Button. “And while this year’s collection of cars was once again astounding, we’re especially gratified that the ’06 Concours was able to raise nearly $1 million for charity.”
The 57th Pebble Beach Concours is slated for Aug. 19, 2006.
First conducted in 1950, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance (www.pebblebeachconcours.net) 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 has raised nearly $9.5 million through the years, 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.
About Pebble Beach Company:
Pebble Beach Company, headquartered in Pebble Beach, Calif., owns and operates the world-famous Pebble Beach Resorts, including The Lodge at Pebble Beach, The Inn at Spanish Bay and Casa Palmero. The company also operates four renowned golf courses: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course, The Links at Spanish Bay and Del Monte Golf Course. Its other famed properties include the scenic 17-Mile Drive and The Spa at Pebble Beach. In addition to the Concours d’Elegance, Pebble Beach Resorts annually hosts the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, The First Tee Open at Pebble Beach and the Callaway Golf Pebble Beach Invitational. Pebble BeachGolf Links has hosted four U.S. Opens, four U.S. Amateurs, one PGA Championship, and will host its fifth U.S. Open in 2010. For reservations or more information please call, (800) 654-9300 or visit the Website at www.pebblebeach.com.
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