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August 04, 2014

The World’s Classiest Cars

By Sasha Levine | Automobiles, Cars

The World's Classiest Cars: Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
Courtesy of Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance

What NASCAR is to brawn, the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance (August 17) is to beauty—and this year’s selection of iconic cars and motorcycles marks another exceptional occasion to fawn over some of the world’s finest luxuries.

Set on the 18th fairway of the Pebble Beach Golf Links, in Monterey, California, Concours will display roughly 200 prized collector cars and motorcycles competing against one another for points on their historical accuracy, technical merit, rarity and, last but not least, elegance.

Some of the featured marques and special classes for this year’s roundup include Maserati Centennials, Ruxtons, Ferrari 250s, Testa Rossas, early steam cars, postwar Rolls-Royce Phantoms, Tatras and Eastern European motorcycles.

The event has been so popular over its 60-plus-year reign that it has spawned ancillary events, including the Tour d’Elegance (August 14) and the Pebble Beach RetroAuto marketplace (August 13­–16), as well as the brand new Pebble Beach Classic Car Forum, which hosts a selection of panels and interviews featuring automotive VIPs (August 14­–16), and the Pebble Beach Classic Car Expo, a place for visitors to purchase authentic and unusual vehicles from classic-car dealers (August 14-16).

But as the crown jewel of the weeklong festival, and one of the most competitive collector-car contests in the world, Concours is a must-see event for any automobile aficionado—the racers, the lookers and otherwise. Tickets start at $275; 1700 17 Mile Dr.; 831-622-1700; pebblebeachconcours.net.