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2010 Pebble Beach Concours Featured Marques and Classes

Alfa Romeo Featured at 2010 Pebble Beach ConcoursThe Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance has announced the featured marques and special classes for its 60th anniversary on Sunday, August 15, 2010. Entry forms were mailed this weekend and are due January 6th.

The 2010 field at Pebble Beach will feature the marques Alfa Romeo, Pierce-Arrow and Jaguar, and showcase Italian designer Ghia, in addition to many other special classes.

“Determining the list of classes is the first step in bringing the world’s best automobiles to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance,” said Concours Chairman Sandra Button. “We always try to offer an exciting blend of antique, classic and postwar cars, elegant coachbuilt automobiles and historic racecars. And our 60th anniversary celebration promises to be spectacular.”

First conducted in 1950, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is often said to be the world’s premier celebration of the automobile. Each year, a selection of the most beautiful and rare automobiles are invited to appear on the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links in an event that has raised more than $13 million for charity during its 59-year existence.

Featured marque Alfa Romeo, the Italian automaker best known for its stylish sports cars, will be celebrating its centennial in 2010. Founded in Milan, Alfa Romeo has always been known for building fast, dependable and technologically advanced cars. Special classes will illustrate the history of Alfa Romeo and highlight the elegant yet sporting coachwork on Alfa Romeo 8C road, race and sports cars of the 1930s.

Another featured marque, the Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Company of Buffalo, New York, built the “Car of Presidents.” Six U.S. Presidents from 1909 to 1936 – William H. Taft to Franklin D. Roosevelt – enjoyed the luxury and comfort of Pierce-Arrows. Classes at Pebble Beach will salute both earlier and later models.

Carrozzeria Ghia SpA, established in 1915 in Turin, is one of the most famous Italian automobile design and coachbuilding firms. Ghia initially made lightweight aluminum-bodied cars, first achieving fame with the Alfa Romeo 6C 1500 in the 1920s. More recently, Ghia has designed special bodies for Fiat, Ford and Chrysler and many other manufacturers. A special class of Ghia-designed vehicles will salute this design heritage.

The 75th anniversary of Jaguar will be celebrated, and other special classes will focus on the 50th anniversary of the Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta; the centennial of the Indianapolis 500 auto race; Hot Rod lakesters and Bonneville racers; and American motorcycles through 1959 – following up on the success of last year’s first motorcycle class. There will also be a few surprises to mark the 60th anniversary of the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Applications to enter a car in the 2010 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance have been sent to regular participants and are available by request from the Concours office. Completed applications are due to the Concours by January 6th. The Concours Selection Committee meets later in January to determine the cars that will comprise each class.

2010 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Class List

A1 – Antique through 1915
C1 – American Classic Open
C2 – American Classic Closed
D1 – Pierce-Arrow Early
D2 – Pierce-Arrow Late
E1 – Alfa Romeo Centennial
E2 – Alfa Romeo 8C
G – Duesenberg
H – Rolls-Royce Prewar
I – Mercedes-Benz Prewar
J1 – European Classic Open
J2 – European Classic Closed
K – Prewar Sports and Racing
L1 – Prewar Preservation
L2 – Postwar Preservation
M1 – Ferrari Grand Touring
M2 – Ferrari Competition
M3 – Ferrari 250 GT SWB Berlinetta 50th Anniversary
N – Jaguar 75th Anniversary
O1 – Postwar Sports
O2 – Postwar Touring
O3 – Postwar Custom Coachwork
P – Ghia Styling
U – Hot Rods: Lakesters and Bonneville Racers
V – Indianapolis 500 Centennial Celebration
X – American Motorcycles through 1959

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[Source: Pebble Beach Concours]