PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (December 13, 2016) — The event itself is still months away, but the competition for a spot on the show field of the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance is already underway. The features and special classes have been announced, and applications have been mailed to prospective entrants. Applications are due back to the Concours office on January 9, and hopeful applicants can expect to learn their fate by April.
In the intervening weeks, every proposed car will be carefully vetted. The 15-member Selection Committee then meets to share research and compare and contrast possible groupings. Sometimes cars must be viewed in person or conflicting information resolved. Only then do formal invitations go out to the cars that have been allotted one of those much-desired spots on the famed 18th fairway of Pebble Beach Golf Links.
“We want to do right by the cars that people are eager to bring to the Concours and share with others here,” said Concours Chairman Sandra Button. “Preparing a car and getting it to Pebble Beach—sometimes from as far as India or China or Australia—requires a great amount of time and effort. So we feel it is important to put time and effort into researching and reviewing these cars as well as determining how best to group them. We want to be certain each car is truly celebrated when it is with us.”
Button is quick to stress that although cars must be invited to appear at the Concours, any enthusiast with a car they believe is truly worthy of the 18th fairway can ask that it be considered by sending a brief description of the car and one current photo to firstname.lastname@example.org. Enthusiasts with cars that the committee agrees to consider in greater depth will be sent a formal application. The Concours often considers as many as a dozen formal applications for each one of the 225 spots on the show field.
“Regrettably, each year we have to turn down many great cars,” said Button. “Sometimes they are not authentically preserved or restored. Sometimes it’s just not the right year for them—they don’t fit with our planned features and classes—and we hope the owner will offer them soon again. And sometimes we simply don’t have the space for them.”
Features and special classes for the 2017 Concours include Isotta Fraschini, Castagna Coachwork, Ferrari One-off Spéciales, Ferrari Major Race Winners, American Dream Cars of the 1960s, and Jaguars with Custom Coachwork.