August 30, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Announces Retirement of Co-Chairman Glenn Mounger
Respected Auto Enthusiast Will Continue as PB Concours Advisor
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (Aug. 30, 2005) – Glenn Mounger, co-chairman of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is stepping down. Chairman since 2000 and co-chair with Sandra Kasky Button since 2002, Mounger has been instrumental in expanding the international scope of the annual event, which most recently (Sunday, Aug. 21) attracted 221 cars, including 56 vehicles from 14 countries outside the U.S.
“The Concours is in the best shape it’s ever been,” said Mounger. “Even though we just completed the ’05 show, planning for 2006 has been well underway for months. In fact, program details for ’06 are scheduled to be announced within the next few weeks.
“I’ve enjoyed every minute of my time with the Pebble Beach Concours. This has been a great experience. For now, I don’t know what I’ll do next, but one thing’s for sure -- I plan to spend a lot more time with my family and continue my involvement in the car hobby.”
Mounger’s first exposure to the Pebble Beach Concours was in 1982, when he served as a judge in the event’s Duesenberg class. The Bainbridge, Wash.-resident continued in that capacity through much of the ’80s and ’90s before joining the Executive Committee of the Pebble Beach Concours in 1999. In 2002 he asked Sandra Kasky Button, the Concours’ executive director, to become co-chairman.
“The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance has continually evolved during its 55 years, and in my 20 years with the organization I’ve observed that with each change the event has become stronger and more respected,” said Button. “We’ll continue in that tradition. The Pebble Beach Concours is successful because of the efforts of many people. The Concours Advisory Board, Volunteer Executive Committee and Honorary, Chief Class and Panel Judge groups are all hard at work planning next year and beyond.
“Glenn will be greatly missed by everyone at the Pebble Beach Concours,” added Button. “His dedication, knowledge and enthusiasm are unrivaled and have added tremendously to the success of the Concours. As a trusted advisor and friend, I’m pleased Glenn will continue to be part of the most spectacular and prestigious concours in the world.”
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, combines a scenic location -- the famed 18th hole 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 around Pacific Grove and Carmel for Concours entries, RetroAuto and The Pebble Beach Auction conducted by Gooding & Company.
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