I knew I was in for a treat when I traveled to Pebble Beach this past weekend with Infiniti. Any trip to the beautiful Bay Area that included a visit to the iconic Pebble Beach golf course would be memorable. But visiting during the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance provided a completely unique experience. The Concours ranks as the most prestigious classic car show in the world. I was stunned by the number of beautiful cars that were on display. It’s a car enthusiast’s dream event, but anyone who appreciates great cars would have an unforgettable experience.
Infiniti took the opportunity around this event to introduce two impressive concept vehicles, including the JX Concept crossover which made its debut at an elegant evening event and the Etherea concept which was introduced for the first time in North America. The Etherea was introduced on Saturday morning on the 18th green at Pebble Beach, which would be the location for the Concours on Sunday (see photo below).
The Concours is the signature event for car enthusiasts, so all weekend we saw a virtual parade of amazing vehicles. Everywhere you turned you could spot old and new Ferraris, Bugattis, Rolls Royces, Aston Martins, Lambos and more, along with classic American cars as well. In the days leading up to Sunday, tons of vehicles we on display. One of my favorites was this 1968 Dodge Charger R/T:
On Saturday I also traveled out to the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, which is a series of races of classic cars. The car collectors who brought their cars here were not interested in displaying their cars in museums. They want to drive and race them, and it was quite a sight to see these races. Some of the races included a Jaguar Invitation class consisting of E-Type Jaguars from the 1950s and 60s, Pre-1940 race cars and also a race of the legendary Ferrari GTOs from the 60s. I had access to the paddock area so I could check out the cars that were racing that day and see them as they were pulling out onto the track:
Here’s a Ferrari GTO pulling out from the paddock area for its race:
The highlight of the weekend was the Concours at Pebble Beach on Sunday. Tradition calls for the vehicles to be driven onto the 18th hole at Pebble Beach on Sunday morning, so we were there with the press and guests bright and early on Sunday as each car was driven onto the course one-by-one so that the onlookers could appreciate each vehicle. Many of the proud owners dressed in clothes that matched the era of the vehicle. Throughout the morning stunning cars from every era rolled up surrounded by admiring onlookers:
The cars were then parked and organized along the 18th hole overlooking the beautiful coastline.
There were hundreds of them and they were organized in various categories. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Ferrari GTO (pictured above in the header), so there were many of them lined up in the grass:
This event is the Mecca of classic cars, and you could spend the entire day walking along one of the most beautiful golf courses in the world while checking out cars you’ve only seen in old photos. It’s a great event to put on your bucket list!
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