The 2008 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance included competitors from 27 states and 12 countries, all hoping that their prized automobiles would win one of the 24 general classes. Participants also contended for the prestigious Special Awards, which are as numerous as they are diverse in their respective honors.
Similar in nature to the previously profiled Most Elegant Awards, Special Awards are generally selected by special committees of Honorary Judges. While most Special Award Trophies are perpetual and are maintained at Pebble Beach, winners are presented with a suitably inscribed sculpture created from the Pebble Beach Concours Trophy except as noted.
58th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance Special Award Winners
Alec Ulmann Trophy, sponsored by Hayward Industries, is awarded to the most exciting Hispano-Suiza present. The trophy is named for the founder of the Sebring races. Ulmann was an important contributor to the hobby and to this Concours.
1935 Hispano Suiza K6 Brandone Cabriolet, Sam & Emily Mann, Englewood, New Jersey
Ansel Adams Trophy is awarded to the most desirable touring car of its era. The trophy is named for the photographer who served often as an Honorary Judge at this Concours. The winner receives an Ansel Adams photograph.
1912 Pope-Hartford Model 27 Portola Roadster, Gary & Sheryl Hunter, Arcadia, California
Art Center College of Design Award, sponsored by Art Center College of Design, goes to the car that showed the best use of new technology in its era, has groundbreaking style and engineering, and is considered to have had the greatest impact on car design today.
1938 Talbot T150-SS Figoni et Falaschi Coupé, Peter Mullin Automotive Museum, Los Angeles, California
Briggs Cunningham Trophy, sponsored by Ford Motor Company Design, is awarded to the most exciting open car present. The trophy is named for a great American sportsman and automobile creator and collector.
1907 Itala 36/45 Peking to Paris, David Ayre, Ashford Hill, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Chairman’s Trophy, sponsored by Porsche Cars North America, Inc., is awarded to the most deserving car present as selected by the Chairman.
1905 Royal Tourist G Touring, John & Heather Mozart, Palo Alto, California
Charles A. Chayne Trophy, sponsored by Raytheon, is awarded to the car with the most advanced engineering of its era. The trophy is named for a former General Motors Vice President of Engineering who was a great supporter of this Concours.
1892 Peugeot Type 3 Vis-à-vis, Daniel & Toby Ward, Ripon, United Kingdom
Classic Car Club of America Trophy, sponsored by The Joseph Cantore Family, is awarded to the most significant classic car present.
1934 Packard 1108 LeBaron Sport Phaeton, The Nethercutt Collection, Sylmar, California
Elegance in Motion Trophy, sponsored by Classic and Sports Car Magazine, is awarded to the car deemed to be most elegant in motion. To qualify for this award, a car must have successfully completed the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance.
1938 Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B Touring Berlinetta, Jon & Mary Shirley, Medina, Washington
Enzo Ferrari Trophy is awarded to the best Ferrari present.
1955 Ferrari 500 Mondial Scaglietti Spyder Series II, RADM & Mrs. Robert Phillips, Arlington, Virginia
FIVA Award, sponsored by Hagerty Classic Insurance, goes to the best preserved and regularly driven prewar car as determined by a special committee guided by FIVA regulations.
1925 Packard 136 Pullman Sport Model, Mark Smith, Melvin Village, New Hampshire
French Cup, sponsored by MMD USA, is awarded to the most significant car of French origin.
1924 Delage GL Labourdette Skiff, Ken & Patty McBride, Seattle, Washington
Lincoln Trophy, sponsored by Lincoln, goes to the most significant Lincoln present.
1935 Lincoln K LeBaron Coupe, Dr. Peter Heydon, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Lorin Tryon Trophy recognizes an automotive enthusiast who has contributed significantly to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. It is named for the man who served as this event’s Co-Chairman for nearly three decades—a man whose passion and expertise drew the most elegant cars to Pebble Beach year after year.
Glenn Mounger, Bainbridge Island, Washington
Lucius Beebe Trophy, sponsored by Rolls-Royce, is awarded to the Rolls-Royce considered most in the tradition of Lucius Beebe, a bon vivant who served among our early judges.
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Freestone & Webb Sedanca, Don & Janet Williams, Danville, California
Mercedes-Benz Trophy, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz of North America, is awarded to the most significant Mercedes-Benz present.
1929 Mercedes-Benz SSK Barker Roadster, The Collier Collection, Naples, Florida
Mille Miglia Trophy, sponsored by Mille Miglia, is awarded to the most significant car eligible to participate in the Mille Miglia.
1933 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Grand Sport Touring Spider, Hugo Modderman, Monte Carlo, Monaco
Montagu of Beaulieu Trophy, sponsored by Edward Lord Montagu, is awarded to the most significant car of British origin.
1938 Lagonda LG6 Rapide Drop Head Coupé, Skip & Judy Barber, Sharon, Connecticut
People’s Choice Award, sponsored by MSN Autos, goes to an automobile chosen by a tally of votes cast online by individuals prior to the Concours.
1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB Scaglietti Spyder California, Peter S. Kalikow, New York, New York
Phil Hill Cup, sponsored by DRS Technologies, Inc., is named in honor of a great participant of both the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance and the Pebble Beach Road Races. The trophy is awarded to a significant race car.
1932 Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Le Mans, Gill Noble, Gosforth, Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Polyphony Digital Trophy, sponsored by Polyphony Digital, is awarded to the car that most deserves to be recreated for the Gran Turismo series.
1967 Lamborghini Miura P400 Bertone Prototype, J. W. Marriott, Bethesda, Maryland
Road & Track Trophy, sponsored by Road & Track Magazine, is awarded to the car that the editors of that magazine would most like to drive.
1937 Mercedes-Benz 540K Cabriolet A, Ray & Janet Scherr, Westlake Village, California
Tony Hulman Trophy, sponsored by Indianapolis Motor Speedway, is awarded to the most significant open wheel race car present. Hulman owned the Speedway for decades, and the Indianapolis 500 often started with his command, “Gentlemen, Start Your Engines.”
1935 English Racing Automobiles B Series, Gregory Whitten, Medina, Washington