1933 Delage takes top honor at Pebble Beach

1933 Delage D8S De Villars Roadster Pebble Beach

A 1933 Delage D8S De Villars Roadster owned by The Patterson Collection in Louisville, Ky., was named Best of Show at the 60th Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance held Aug. 15 on the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links in California.

“There are so many things about this car that are special,” said owner Jim Patterson, who founded Long John Silver’s restaurant and contributed to the founding of the Rally’s Hamburger chain. “We’ve won (with other cars) at a lot of concours, but never here. This win at Pebble is the ultimate. This is the one win that really matters.”

Competitors from 33 states and 14 countries brought their prized automotive possessions to the California’s Monterey Peninsula for judging in 29 classes. More than 250 cars and motorcycles were present, encompassing more than 100 years of the automobile, with the oldest car on the field being a 1902 Mercedes Simplex.

Tonight Show host Jay Leno made a guest appearance, and celebrity attendees included Roger Corman, Jeremy Piven, Erik Estrada and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Pebble Beach Concours occurs every year on the third Sunday in August.

The featured marques for the 61st Pebble Beach Concours, slated for Sunday, Aug. 21, 2011, will include Mercedes-Benz and 100 Years of the Automobile, Stutz Centennial, Ferrari 250 GTO and Italian Motorcycles. Other features will be announced in coming months.

Proceeds from raffles, auctions, sponsorships and ticket sales helped contribute more than $1 million to charity for the fifth consecutive year.

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