As the field opened at dawn, 200 of the most magnificent collector cars in the world rolled onto the famed 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links. Pebble Beach Concourse d’Elegance is one the most competitive top-ranking collector automotive events worldwide. The automobiles closely rival each other in both beauty and authenticity. Automobiles and motorcycles are judged for style, historical gravitas, technical merit and stature, and the best garner reward and recognition. At 8:30 AM, the judging began; at 10:30, the field was open to spectators, and from 1:30-5:30 PM, the awards were presented. Famed car collector Jay Leno spoke briefly, and called this event, “The Super Bowl of Cars.”
For six hours, I was meandering the rolling, green, car-filled turf, finding it difficult to decide which auto was the most stunning. Somehow the judges were able to choose. The “Best of Show” winner this year is a 1936 Lancia Austura Pinin Farina Cabriolet, which “exemplifies complete perfection of restoration.” The car is owned by Richard Mattel of Arizona. It took six years of his labor and love to restore this car. This magnificent Italian sports car was once owned by the famous musician Eric Clapton. Thousands of people cheered at this car’s victory, while Richard Mattel danced wildly around his car holding his trophy award up high above his head.
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