PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. _ To car collectors around the globe, it is something akin to Willy Wonka’s golden ticket. It is rare and hard to come by and the competition for it can often be fierce. It is an invitation to show an automobile at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
The next Pebble Beach Concours is held annually on the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Link, won’t take place until Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018.
Hopeful owners often begin by sending a simple description of their car to firstname.lastname@example.org. Each year the Concours agrees to formally vet about 1,000 cars. Members of the Concours Selection Committee, a group of 15 automotive experts guided by Concours Chairman Sandra Button, spend the early months of the year researching these cars, sometimes even visiting them to ascertain their authenticity and condition.
The 2018 Concours will feature Motor Cars of the Raj, Rollston Coachwork, OSCA, Postwar Custom Citroën, Sporting Vintage Cars and Tucker. Organizers also promise another surprise (or two or three!) to be unveiled in the spring.
MOTOR CARS OF THE RAJ
Cars with a history tied to India. Most of these cars were sold into India when
they were new, during the period of British rule, and many remain there.
Rollston was among the finest coachbuilders of the Classic Era, often building
one-of-a-kind bodies on chassis built by Packard, Minerva and others.
Founded in 1947 by three of the Maserati brothers, OSCA built sports racing cars
that competed on road and track through the ensuing two decades.
Seventy years back Preston Tucker created the torpedo-shaped sedan that bears
his name. Just 51 Tuckers were made and 47 are known to exist today.
POSTWAR CUSTOM CITROËN
Car enthusiasts have increasingly recognized the style inherent in many
postwar custom-built Citroëns.
VINTAGE SPORTING CARS
The 2018 Vintage class will focus on early sporting cars built from 1916 to 1924.
*Photos by Kimball Studios, Vincent Desmonts and Brian Henniker (courtesy of Gooding & Company).