Photos: Pebble Beach Concours beauts


By: IOL Motoring Staff

California was the place to be for car nuts in the last week as the Monterey Peninsula played host to a week-long celebration of just about everything motoring.

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Jon Shirley won the Best of Show award at the Concours d'Elegance with his 1954 Ferrari 375 MM Scaglietti Coupe. Held in Pebble Beach, California, the Concours tops a week-long celebration of automobiles and car culture on the Monterey Peninsula. Photo: Michael Fiala/Reuters.1934 Hispano-Suiza K6 Fernandez et Darrin Coupe Chauffeur (left) and a 1934 Hispano-Suiza J12 Fernandez et Darrin Coupe de Ville. Photo: Michael Fiala/Reuters.1958 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa Scaglietti Spyde. Photo: Michael Fiala/Reuters.1959 Ferrari 250 TR59 Fantuzzi Spyder. Photo: Michael Fiala/Reuters.View of the 18th fairway looking towards Carmel during the Concours d'Elegance at the Pebble Beach Golf Links. Photo: Michael Fiala/Reuters.A rebuilt and modified Mercedes-Benz 540 K Streamliner, based on the 540 K Streamliner of 1938, which was used as a test vehicle at the Dunlop works to test high-speed tyres for everyday use. Photo: John G Mabanglo/EPA.An entrant sits in his 1902 Toledo Model A Stanhope Ranabout. Photo: Michael Fiala/Reuters.Jaguar Lightweight E-Type.Jay Leno rides a 1930 Bohmerland motorcycle around the Concourse grounds. Photo: Michael Fiala/Reuters.An entrant sits on a 1907 White Model G Runabout Prototype. Photo: Michael Fiala/Reuters.Judges inspect a 1930 Ruxton C Baker-Raulang Roadster. File photo: Michael Fiala/Roadster.An entrant sits in her 1929 Hispano-Suiza H6B Hibbard & Darrin Cabriolet. Photo: Michael Fiala/Reuters.Toyota revealed an updated version of its FT-1 concept car, which was conceived for the Playstation Gran Turismo 6 game. Photo: Michael Fiala/Reuters.The Maserati Alfieri Concept stood out among the modern stunners. Photo: Michael Fiala/Reuters.BMW i8 Concours d’Elegance Edition.The Mercedes-Benz AMG Vision Grand Turismo Concept. Photo: Michael Fiala/Reuters.Guests view a 1966 Plymouth Belvedere II during the Concours d'Lemons car show, which celebrates the oddball, mundane and truly awful of the automotive world. Photo: Michael Fiala/Reuters.A tattered 1986 AMC Renault Alliance shows its rust off in the Concours d'Lemons car show. Photo: Michael Fiala/Reuters.A woman poses with a 1933 Chevy Ratrod during the Concours d'Lemons car show. Photo: Michael Fiala.

From glamorous auctions - one of which marked the world's most expensive car ever sold on auction - to historic racing events like the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, the various events celebrated the ultimate in hedonistic motoring.

It all culminated in the 64th Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance over the weekend, which saw an extensive collection of legendary classic and vintage cars vying to impress the judges.

Star of the show this year was a 1954 Ferrari 375 MM Scaglietti Coupe belonging to Jon Shirley. The car had originally been built for Italian movie director Roberto Rossellini and was bought by Shirley 19 years ago.

The Concourse also played host to modern cars, with numerous car companies showing some of their most glamorous concept cars on the 'concept lawn'.

Even the not-so-shiny side of motoring got its spot in the sun at the Concours d'Lemons show, which celebrated the oddball, mundane and truly awful of the automotive world.

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