September 28, 2005
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Pebble Beach Concours Creates Two Committees to Counsel on Featured Marques and Cars
Classic Car Authorities and Hobbyists Assigned to Ensure 56-year-old Event Will Always be ‘By and For Auto Enthusiasts’
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (Sept. 28, 2005) – In 1950 the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance debuted as an adjunct to the Pebble Beach Road Races, which was among the first “European-style” auto races on the West Coast. Fifty-six years later, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is still the annual host to some of the world’s most significant, historic automobiles, and has now created two committees of classic car enthusiasts to provide their insights and knowledge.
The Steering Committee will make long-range recommendations -- three to 10 years in the future -- pertaining to automotive milestones, manufacturers, designers and personalities to be featured as “honored marques.” Steering Committee members will also seek major donors for various Concours’ charity activities and will work to support the spirit and competency of the judging.
The Selection Committee will work with the management of the Concours to identify the field of classic car competitors for the 2006 and 2007 events. Members of both committees will serve two-year terms and report to Sandra Kasky Button, chairman of the Pebble Beach Concours.
“Sandra has assembled an amazing collection of vintage car authorities to help with attracting the most extraordinary, significant cars from around the globe,” says Bill Perocchi, CEO, Pebble Beach Company, which hosts the annual classic car show along the 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links®. “This restructuring will allow the event to tap even more effectively into a wealth of automotive knowledge and enthusiasm and it ensures that the Concours will always be an international event by and for auto enthusiasts.
“I want to personally recognize and thank Glenn Mounger, who recently stepped down as event co-chairman. His passion and worldly automotive expertise helped take the Concours to new heights. But I know Sandra and the new committee structure will continue, and even expand, the standard of excellence that has made Pebble Beach the finest concours in the world.”
To honor his contributions, Mounger has been named Pebble Beach Concours Chief Honorary Judge. “I’m delighted that Glenn will continue to be a part of the Concours,” said Kasky Button. “And more importantly, that he continues to be my trusted advisor and friend.”
The Pebble Beach Concours Steering Committee includes:• Don Williams – President, Blackhawk Collection; 35 year supporter of the Concours; chairman of the Steering Committee
• Gordon Apker – Former National Head Judge, Classic Car Club of America; 30 year involvement with Pebble Beach Concours
• John Clinard – Mgr., Western Region Public Affairs, Ford Motor Company
• Bob Cole – Founding member of The Candy Store, founding organizer of Laguna Seca Raceway
• Ed Gilbertson – Noted Ferrari expert, Pebble Beach Concours Chief Judge
• Bruce Meyer – Automotive collector/preservationist; founder, Checkered Flag 200, Petersen Automotive Museum
• Craig Watrous – Many year liaison to Pebble Beach Concours volunteer committees
The Pebble Beach Concours Selection Committee includes:• Richard Adatto – Automotive historian, author
• Chris Bock – Former president, Classic Car Club of America; involved with Pebble Beach Concours for 35 years
• Stephen F. Brauer – Noted American classic collector; former U.S. ambassador to Belgium
• Martin E. Button – Automobile book publisher, Veteran and Vintage car enthusiast
• Winston Goodfellow – Automotive journalist, photographer, author
• David Gooding – President, Gooding & Company Auction
• Ken Gross – Former Director, Petersen Automotive Museum; journalist, author, historian
• Peter Hageman – Bentley authority, car preservation specialist
• Al McEwan – Founder, Pebble Beach Motoring Classic; organizer of 11 CARavan events; foreign classics expert
• Nic Waller – Classic car archivist
“The Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance has certainly evolved during its 56 years, but one thing has remained the same -- we’ve always had a large, dedicated group of international car experts and hobbyists who’ve given their time and expertise to the event,” says Jules “J.” Heumann, Concours chairman emeritus and event co-chairman from 1972 - 2000. “In assembling the new committees, Sandra has called on a ‘who’s who’ of classic car authorities to guide ‘the world’s concours’ into the future. I can’t wait for the third weekend in August to roll around again so we can see which cars will be coming to Pebble Beach.”
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, combines a scenic location -- the famed 18th hole 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, including the Pebble Beach Tour d’Elegance around 17-Mile Drive and Carmel for Concours entries, RetroAuto, the Blackhawk Collection on View and The Pebble Beach Auction conducted by Gooding & Company. Feature marques for 2006 include early 20th century style and technology leading French manufacturers Voisin and Delahaye, and cars that raced in the Pebble Beach Sports Car Road Races, 1950-56. The 2006 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance will be held on Sunday, August 20.
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