Monterey County

Car Week concludes with Concours d'Elegance

Hundreds enjoy the popular Concours d'Elegance

PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. - UPDATE 8/22/16 4:35 AM: The Best of Show winner is Richard Mattei of Paradise Valley, Arizona, owner of a 1936 Lancia Astura Pinin Farina Cabriolet.

The 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links acted more like a museum this weekend, displaying some of the best cars in the world for this year's Concours d'Elegance.

"This event is extremely unique," said entrant Gary Hunter. "This is sort of the quintessential Concours in the world. Most other concours are measured against this one."

Hunter brought a 1967 Cobra, one of only 200 cars that made it to the coveted spot.

"Most people honestly can't believe that it's original paint, original upholstery," said Hunter. "They haven't see a car that's 50-years-old that's this nice."

Jurgen Wilms shipped his AMX 3 all the way from Germany. He said competing is on his bucket list.

"Mostly looking forward to any kind of feedback the judges might give me," said Wilms. "I don't care whether I win, well that's not true, but anyway."

Judges said it was not all about the speed when picking the top winners. They looked at the mechanical condition, elegance and authenticity of the cars.

"Oh yea a lot of heated discussion absolutely," said Concours d'Elegance Judge Jim Farley. "Everyone's going to have a slightly different opinion. "It's not just about the technical capability of the vehicle or how accurate it is, it's also whether it emotionally touches you."

Participants and spectators said the event is more than just about looking at cars.

"Twenty million dollars in charity comes to the area," said Farley. A lot of people from all over the world come here so economically it's very important for the area."

Attendees also said the event provides artistic expression and history.

"Seeing how far we've come you know, from a horse and carriage," said car enthusiast Julie Weiss.

Some of the cars will be shipped back Sunday night and the beginning of the week.

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