September 8, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
2006 Featured Marques Announced
Cars to showcase high-style and distinctive technology
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (Sept. 8, 2005) – The featured marques for the 2006 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will be early 20th century style and technology leading French manufacturers Voisin and Delahaye, and cars that raced in the Pebble Beach Sports Car Road Races, 1950-56.
“On August 20, 2006, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will build on its 56-year heritage and, again, present a field of the most significant, most beautiful and most historic automobiles from around the world,” said Sandra Kasky Button, chairman of the Pebble Beach Concours. “The show lineup is going to be spectacular.”
VoisinThe Voisin brothers, Gabriel and Charles, established Les Frères Voisin in 1906 to design and manufacture aircraft. When orders for airplanes declined following World War I, the factory was converted to automobile production. The unconventionally styled luxury cars were, at the time, among the most advanced in the world and displayed their aviation heritage by using light alloys. Voisin cars were light, quiet, comfortable, aerodynamic and fast.
“This will be the first comprehensive exhibit of Voisin automobiles ever in the United States,” said Richard Adatto, member of the Pebble Beach Concours Advisory Board. “Voisin was both a coachbuilder and a manufacturer of chassis. They are fascinating cars with great appeal that combined ground-breaking aerodynamic designs with unique airplane technology.”
DelahayeThe first Delahaye automobiles were produced in 1894 in Tours, France. The cars began with single and twin cylinder-powered vehicles, but were always durable and technically ahead of their time. Race cars were also produced, beginning in 1886, and in the 1930s competed successfully against German manufacturers Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union. Victory on the track resulted in increased demand for the street cars. Delahaye, which produced its last chassis in 1951, is widely known today for carrying some of the most astounding coachwork ever created.
“We have been working on these French classes for two years, getting ready for the 2006 Concours” added Adatto. “There are a number of owners of Voisin and Delahaye automobiles who have been waiting just for this upcoming season. We’re going to have fantastic pieces, cars that haven’t been seen before.”
Sports Cars from the Pebble Beach Road Races
In 1950 the San Francisco chapter of the Sports Car Club of America decided to host the first “European-style” road race on the West Coast of the United States. The venue it selected was a resort on California’s Monterey Peninsula widely known for its scenic 17-Mile Drive through forests and along the Pacific Ocean. The organizers also added a concours d’elegance. For the next six years some of the most exotic and powerful cars in the world raced on the bucolic streets of this exclusive neighborhood. Once an afterthought, the Concours evolved to become the most glamorous, prestigious car show in the world.
In addition to featured marques Voisin and Delahaye, the 56th annual Pebble Beach Concours will include numerous returning classes, including Antique through 1915; American Classic Open, Open Custom and Closed; Duesenberg; Rolls-Royce Prewar; Mercedes-Benz Prewar; Ferrari Grand Touring and Competition; and Postwar Custom Coachwork.
“Over the decades, as the Pebble Beach Concours has changed from a local, to a national, and then an international event, it has benefited from the efforts of many dedicated, knowledgeable and respected staff and volunteers,” said Kasky Button. “I’m extremely proud to be the Chairman of this great event and look forward with tremendous excitement to the upcoming months as we assemble another one-of-a-kind celebration of the automobile.”
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. The 2006 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will be held on Sunday, August 20.
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