June 7, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Engineless Racing Machines Will Compete During Concours Week in Pebble Beach
Pebble Beach RetroAuto™ to Exhibit Gravity Racers August 18 - 20
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (June 7, 2006) — More than one dozen engineless gravity racers will be displayed and sold at the 2006 Pebble Beach RetroAuto™ to benefit Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance charities. RetroAuto, a showcase for automotive collectibles and auto-related luxury goods, is conducted annually in conjunction with the Concours.
The gravity-propelled vehicles are constructed for downhill races reminiscent of soapbox derbies. However, they are driven by professionals and designed and built by the likes of Bentley, General Motors, Nissan, Chrysler, Volkswagen, Audi, Mazda, Porsche and Pininfarina.
Gravity racers compete in the Extreme Gravity Racing Series, a sequence of downhill contests organized by Gravity Series, Inc. The vehicles are constructed so the combined weight of the driver and the car do not exceed 350 pounds. Coupled with challenging courses, the 9-feet-long, 4-feet-wide gravity racers can go over 70 miles per hour.
Immediately prior to being shown at RetroAuto, the gravity racers will compete in one of the top events of their season, a race down the steep and twisting roads of Jacks Peak Park in Monterey on Thursday, August 17.
“We wanted to be part of RetroAuto because it’s a unique opportunity to showcase our gravity racers in a world-class venue,” said Gravity Series, Inc. Founder and President Don MacAllister. “It’s a great opportunity to expose more people to the racing series, especially people who already have an appreciation for cars.”
The gravity racers from RetroAuto will be auctioned on eBay during Concours Week to raise charity dollars, including a vehicle designed by Maurizio Corbi, a Ferrari designer with Pininfarina, that has been customized with Pebble Beach Concours colors and logo.
“We try to include items from all stages of automotive evolution at RetroAuto and the gravity racers are a fantastic addition,” said Katee Leach, Director of RetroAuto. “Automotive enthusiasts appreciate the old and new, so it’ll be fun to see how people react to these futuristic-looking cars.”
First conducted in 1950, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is an international gathering of automotive enthusiasts for “a celebration of the automobile” at The Lodge at Pebble Beach on the Monterey Peninsula. The Concours, which in 2005 attracted entrants from 26 states and 15 countries and raised over $800,000 for charity, combines a scenic location — the famed 18th fairway at Pebble Beach Golf Links® along the Pacific Ocean — with the opportunity to view rarely seen examples of automotive style, performance and history. The annual affair also includes a series of auxiliary activities: the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance along the coast and through Carmel; the Pebble Beach RetroAuto™ exhibition; and The Pebble Beach Auction conducted by Gooding & Company. The 2006 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will be held on Sunday, August 20.