Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2015 – Report and Photos
The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2015 was held Sunday, August 16th in Pebble Beach, California. More than 200 automotive treasures lined the 17th and 18th holes of the famed Pebble Beach Golf Links for the 65th annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the pinnacle of Monterey Classic Car Week.
Created in 1950 to demonstrate the virtues of the latest cars, the Pebble Beach Concours is the jewel in the crown of historic vehicle restoration and conservation. The vehicles are judged based on technical value, style and elegance, with the aim of encouraging the preservation of our mechanical heritage. This yearly meeting of people passionate about automotive design, style and innovation pays homage to the great eras of motoring history.
Most of the cars on show at the 65th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will have left the factory before 1972. Among the iconic marques and models featured in 2015 were Shelby GT350 Mustangs, celebrating their 50th birthday; Lincoln Continental, now 75 years old; Pre-war British sports models; DuPont; Pope; Designs by Carrozzeria Touring; post-war Cunninghams and Mercury Custom. Ferrari Grand Touring and Competition cars also occupied a place of honor this year, with a headline display situated in prime position nearby the 17th green and 18th tee. Ferraris were seemingly everywhere this weekend, therefore our photo gallery reflects the significant number on the show field at Pebble.
The Pebble Beach Concours 2015 drew 219 cars from 16 countries and 29 states to the Pebble Beach Golf Links. It also raised over $1.8 million to help people in need. Through the Pebble Beach Company Foundation, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, these charitable funds will benefit 100 local charities.
The judging process at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is two-fold: Class Judges focus primarily on originality and authenticity, while Honorary Judges direct their attention to design, styling and elegance. To be eligible to win Best of Show — the event’s top award — a car must first win its class.
Best of Show at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2015 was awarded to the 1924 Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A F. Ramseier and Cie Worblaufern Cabriolet owned by Jim Patterson of Louisville, Kentucky. This classic was acquired by Carrosserie Worblaufen, Switzerland around 1931 and used as the basis for a Sport Cabriolet they had planned for the long wheelbase chassis. The result was displayed at the 1933 Geneva Motor Show after which it won the Grand-Prix d’Honneur in Cannes in 1933. This car has had only four owners since new; it lived a quiet life in Switzerland and France before being shipped to North America in 2014.
Other nominees for Best of Show included a 1953 Abarth 1100 Sport Ghia Coupe owned by Grant Kinzel of Calgary Alberta, Canada, a 1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Kellner Torpedo Phaeton owned by Doug Magee Jr. of Wolfeboro, New Hampshire and the 1937 Delahaye 145 Franay Cabriolet owned by Sam and Emily Mann of Englewood, New Jersey.
Similar to 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, Sports Car Digest also documented the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours, with Senior Photographer Tim Scott producing the following stunning images from this year’s event.
Class S: Shelby GT350 50th Anniversary
1st: 1965 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350, John Atzbach, Redmond, Washington
2nd: 1965 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 Prototype, Mark Hovander, Seattle, Washington
3rd: 1965 Ford Shelby Mustang GT350, Bobby Rahal, Chicago, Illinois
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[Source: Pebble Beach Concours; photos: Tim Scott / Fluid Images]